Author: Alisa Mendoza

My name is Alisa Mendoza.

I welcome you on A few words about me and my experience. I loved animals since I was knee-high to a duck. When I was 10, I lost my best friend, my old Yorkshire terrier Richie… He died because of protracted kidney disease. I cried my eyes out but couldn’t change anything. I still remember the desperation that filled my heart. At that time, I firmly resolved to become a vet and treat dogs when I grow up.

The road to my dream wasn’t easy. But I did it. Back in 2009, I got a degree in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.
As a student, I used to serve as a veterinary assistant at a small private clinic in NC where I performed the duties of a vet nurse. Once I obtained a degree and received a grade on the NAVLE, my professional career as a practicing veterinarian began. By now, I have over 10 years of experience behind me.

Over the years, I’ve come to a simple thought: most diseases could be prevented if only people were aware of the danger. Many pet owners come to a vet when it’s too late. They don’t take seriously early symptoms of illnesses, which often results in major problems. That is why I firmly believe that raising awareness in pet owners is among the primary tasks of veterinary specialists.

On the pages of, I’m going to share my experience with pet owners. My overarching goal is to create detailed guides on various situations and explain HOW and WHEN you can help your pet. Also, I am ready to consult you on various topics associated with pet health.
Don’t be shy to ask your questions. I dare to hope my knowledge and professional experience will turn helpful for you.
Sincerely yours, Alisa.

Alisa Mendoza
Alisa Mendoza
Professional veterinary specialist with 10 years of experience
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🐾 Q:Why does my cat lick me?
🐾 Q:How to give a cat a pill?
🐾 Q:How to bathe a cat?
🐾 Q:What is the average life expectancy of an indoor cat?
🐾 Q:How much should I feed my cat?
🐾 Q:Why is my cat sneezing?
🐾 Q:How to get rid of cat pee smell?
🐾 Q:How to discipline a cat?
🐾 Q:How to tell if a cat is pregnant?
🐾 Q:What are the signs of a cat dying?
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🐾 Q:Why does my cat lick me?
Cats can lick humans for several reasons. The most obvious one is showing affection. Exactly like mother cats lick their kittens, adult cats can lick “their” humans just to express their love and care. Another possible reason is marking. Yes, cats mark their territory not only by urinating but also by leaving their odor in other ways, such as rubbing against objects and people or licking them. Finally, they may want to taste something found on your skin. For example, they can leak the salt, which is produced when you sweat.
🐾 Q:How to give a cat a pill?
Before giving any medication to a cat, read the prescription carefully. Some pills can be crushed and mixed with food or water/milk, which makes the problem much easier to resolve. If the ingredients of the pill are released slowly in the digestive tract, then your cat needs to swallow it whole. To make her do so, wrap her in a big towel or a blanket to restrain her movements. Ideally, ask someone to hold the wrapped cat to make sure your hands are free. Take the cat’s head with your left hand so that your thumb and forefinger rested on her cheeks. Press gently on the checks to make her open the mouth and then quickly put the pill on the back on her tongue. After that, let her close the mouth and hold her for some time with the mouth closed until she swallows the pill. Once it is swallowed, offer your cat some water to drink.
🐾 Q:How to bathe a cat?
Place a deep basin right in a bath and put a thick towel or a rubber mat in it to make the floor non-slippery. Fill it with warm water (not too hot) to the level of 7-9 inches. Prepare several additional towels and put on a long-sleeved shirt or pullover to protect your arms from scratching. Ideally, cut the cat’s nails and brush her coat in advance. After that, take the feline in your hands, stroke, and talk to her in a calm, low voice. Then gently place her into the water and continue talking. Apply some special cat shampoo on her coat and gently massage the pet. Make sure no shampoo gets in her eyes, nose, and ears. Finally, rinse the shampoo with water of the same temperature from a bucket. Never use the faucet or shower, as they will frighten the pet. You may repeat the process of rinsing for some time until no shampoo is left. After that, take the cut out of the basin and wrap her in a dry towel. Don’t forget to give her treats every time after bathing.
🐾 Q:What is the average life expectancy of an indoor cat?
It depends on multiple variables: the breed, state of health, quality of nutrition, activity level, and just individual physical parameters. On average, the life expectancy of a typical indoor cat varies between 15 and 18 years. Some cats live more than 20 years. Just like with people, the main negative factors influencing life expectancy are obesity, chronic diseases, and a low activity level.
🐾 Q:How much should I feed my cat?
To find an optimal amount of food for your cat you need to consider her age and activity level, as well as the type and nutritional value of food. Special factors to consider are pregnancy, nursing, and special health conditions (obesity, chronic diseases, etc.). Approximately, a healthy, non-pregnant adult cat must consume 30 calories per pound of her body weight every day. That is, a 10-pound cat needs 300 calories per day (in fact, 270-320 depending on her activity level), which can be split into 2 or 3 meals. The calorie content info is usually available on the back of a pack or a can with cat food. Keep in mind that expensive commercial food commonly has a higher nutritional value/calorie density, which means you need less food to get the same number of calories and vice versa.
🐾 Q:Why is my cat sneezing?
Cats, like people, can sneeze for various reasons. Occasional sneezing is normal, so you have nothing to worry about if your cat simply sneezes once in a while. However, if sneezing is accompanied by other symptoms or the cat sneezes continuously, consulting a vet is mandatory. The most common reasons include various viral or bacterial infections. To figure out the type and nature of the infection a vet will take a throat, nose, or eye swab and make a lab test. Another possible reason is an allergic reaction, which occurs when a cat inhales an allergen, such as perfume or cleaning agents. Finally, sometimes, sneezing is a sign of more serious conditions, such as cancer; however, in these cases, it is accompanied by other symptoms.
🐾 Q:How to get rid of cat pee smell?
It depends on the type of surface and the “age” of the urine stain. If the stain is fresh, try to soak it up with paper towels as quickly as possible. Old stains are harder to remove, especially if they are found on thick soft carpets. It’s not impossible, though. The most effective method is using special enzyme cleaners. Enzymes are small particles that come in a chemical reaction with urine molecules and destroy them, completely eliminating the odor. After processing the stain with an enzyme-containing cleaner, it’s recommended to clean it with a wet vacuum. There are some alternative solutions, such as baking soda or water + vinegar, but they are less effective.
🐾 Q:How to discipline a cat?
Unlike dogs, cats are very independent and hard to train. But it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to discipline them. Essentially, you need two things: 1) create a safe and comfortable environment to make sure all the cat’s basic needs are met, and 2) use the carrot and the stick approach. Use positive reinforcement every time your feline behaves as you want her to. Reward her with treats, strokes, calm and friendly tone. Negative reinforcement, in turn, can include water aversion, temporary isolation, and speaking with a harsh tone. Never try to beat a cat or shout at her, as it can cause a reverse effect.
🐾 Q:How to tell if a cat is pregnant?
The first visible signs of cat pregnancy can be observed in 2-3 weeks after the fecundation. Even non-specialists without special equipment can see some of these signs. Thus, the nipples of a pregnant cat become large, red, and hard. Some later, her tummy starts to grow and becomes rounded. Exactly like humans, pregnant kitties can suffer from vomiting, which is often followed by an increased appetite. Finally, the behavior of a pregnant cat also changes. She can start searching for a hidden quiet place and making a “nest”, using towels, blankets, and even clothes.
🐾 Q:What are the signs of a cat dying?
It depends. Some cats die unexpectedly, without any clear signs. Those ones who have a possibility to go out, frequently leave their homes before their death and go away. If an indoor cat has nowhere to go, she will try to find a hidden place at home. Other signs of a cat dying include the following ones:
She fails to use her litterbox and does her business on the floor or even near her food bowl.
She doesn’t care about being dirty or smelly;
She stops eating and drinking;
Her urine has an unusually strong odor.
She is lying still in one place.
She can’t move her rare legs.
The body temperature is low and the heart rate is slow.
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