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Aisling O'Keeffe MVB CertSAM ISFMAdvCertFB

Cork, Ireland Small Animal Veterinary Hospital


  • A postgraduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2019, a certificate in Feline Behaviour in 2018, Wrote children's book 'Minding Mittens' in 2020 which aims to educate children about cat care and behaviour


Qualified as a veterinarian from University College Dublin in 2015


I've worked in a variety of small animal hospitals in Ireland and the UK, including 3 years in a cat-only veterinary hospital.


I live in a little cottage in the Irish countryside with my family and pets which include my 4 cats and 13 recently rescued ex-battery hens.


What Can You Give A Cat For An Upset Stomach?

Most cats at some point in their lives will have an upset tummy. This might involve vomiting, diarrhea, or a bit of both. It can make our feline friends feel under the weather and not their usual happy, energetic selves. Mild upset tummies will resolve in a day or two but other cases might need some treatment at home or...

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How To Tell If A Cat Is Straining To Poop Or Pee

There’s nothing worse than seeing our cats in pain or discomfort. Watching them appear to strain when they poop or pee can be especially alarming because it may be a sign of several underlying health conditions. In these situations, the important thing to know is if they are straining to poop, or straining to pee. Both of these types of...

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Ticks On Cats: Identification And Treatment

Ticks are pesky parasites that are commonly found in long leafy grasses and shaded woodland areas. They can be found in many outdoor areas and can affect cats, humans, and other pets. Along with being irritating pests, ticks can also be very dangerous, as they spread tick-borne diseases that can make our cats (and us) sick. Certain tick-borne diseases such...

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12 Warning Signs Your Cat Is In Pain And Crying For Help

As cat owners, we want our cats to be healthy and happy. The thought of them being in any sort of pain or discomfort is upsetting and worrying. Often, it’s obvious when our cat is in pain, like when they come through the back door holding up one of their paws and they’re clearly limping. But this isn’t always the...

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How To Stop A Cat From Peeing On The Carpet

Most cat owners know that cats are very clean creatures. They have pristine toileting habits and they even cover over their pee and poop! They readily use a litter box (or outdoor flower bed) from a young age and continue to do this throughout their life. If your cat is suddenly peeing outside of their litter box and instead going...

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Why Does My Cat Ignore Me?

As cat owners, we devote so much of our time to our feline companions. We cuddle them, play with them, and make sure that they’re warm and well fed. In exchange, our cats provide us with love and companionship. However, this isn’t the case with all cats. Some cats are affectionate while others can completely ignore us. Why does this...

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Why Doesn’t My Cat Knead?

Kneading is an adorable cat behavior that many cats display. It involves the rhythmic movement of the front paws pushing out and then pulling back in alternatively.   This is affectionately known as "making biscuits" or "kneading bread" as it resembles these movements. It’s a common cat behavior, but that doesn’t mean that all cats knead. Some cats don’t knead...

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Can Cats Sense Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting time and it affects everyone in the household, even your cat. With pregnancy, comes the hustle and bustle of preparing for a new baby. This can involve new furniture, changes in house layout, change of routine, and more. Considering that cats love routine, it’s likely that they’ll pick up on these changes. But what about the...

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My Cat Doesn’t Finish Pooping In Litter Box: Is This Normal?

Cats are very clean creatures. I’m sure that many of you have often observed your cat meticulously digging and covering their toilet in the litter box. This isn’t the case for all cats however. Some cats pee or poop outside of their litter box or even leave the litter box while they’re still in the process of pooping! What is...

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Why Do Cats Howl? A Veterinarian Explains

There are many ways that cats communicate and vocalizing is one of them. This can include familiar cat sounds such as meowing, purring, and hissing but also more distressing sounds like howling. Have you heard your cat howling before? Howling is a distinctive sound and our feline companions can do this for a variety of reasons to communicate with us...

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