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Ask the Vet: Why does my cat bury her food?

Dr. Mark Wysocki of Avery Creek Pet Hospital joins Evan Donovan in the News 13 studio to answer your pet questions every other week. Send your questions to news@wlos.com with "Ask the Vet" in the subject line, or post them to our Facebook page at facebook.com/news13. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. Every other week, Dr. Mark Wysocki of Avery Creek Pet Hospital joins Evan Donovan in the News 13 studio to answer your pet questions. This week, there are a few good ones!

Steven Gorter asks: "I have a 2-year-old female American short hair cat. Lately she has started chewing away the fur above her tail and other areas on her forelegs. The other cat is not doing this. What's causing this? And is there any topical solution?"

Krystal Rankin writes in to ask the following: "I have a 9 year old Lab/Pitt mix that I have had since she was 3 months old. She was recently diagnosed with stage 3 Mast Cell Cancer. The vet that did the surgery put her on Prednisone to slow down the tumors but told me to enjoy the time I have remaining with her I have. I have a feeling she may need another surgery soon to remove a tumor in the back of her throat. I'm a single parent and full time student working a part time job. I'm afraid I can't afford another surgery but I do not want my first born baby to go without treatment. My question to you is, are there any assistance programs locally that would help me with these very expensive surgeries and medications for my precious pet?"

The final question this week is from Jennifer Hill: "My cat has a weird eating behavior, she will take her food out of the bowl before she eats it and she often will act like she is trying to bury her food. What's up with that?"

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