Health

A cat’s eyes are more than a window to the feline soul. The eyes are amazingly intricate organs that provide our little predator with critical sensory input. Unfortunately, eyes are also very delicate. They may not need constant grooming or require any special routine care, but when eye problems occur in cats, owners have to
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Some cat people are “naturals” at pilling cats. It is a real and rare talent. These people can nonchalantly walk by any cat, quickly open said cat’s mouth, pop a pill in, pat its throat for 20 seconds and voila! The pill is in! Sounds far-fetched? I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not
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You may have heard of herpes disease in humans but did you know that there is also a cat version of Herpes? This tricky virus usually attacks the cat’s respiratory system but in many cases – especially with young kittens – it goes directly for the eyes, causing a severe viral eye infection that can
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About our Cats’ Tails The tail is an important part of your cat. Physically, it serves to enhance the cat’s balance and agility. It is also a tool of communication, displaying movements and postures that help convey your cat’s mood. The cat’s tail is made of 19 to 21 small bones called caudal vertebrae –
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Ringworm is a common fungal infection in pets and humans. Take a few minutes to read our ringworm guide, which provides useful information about the disease, its symptoms, and treatment. This special guide deals with one aspect of treating a ringworm infestation: housecleaning. It is essential in fighting ringworm infestations in multi-cat environments. The information
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“Please help my IBD Kitty!” the call often comes up in our Cat Health forum. For example, in this post TCS member bentley2013 writes, “I’m so discouraged. Bentley eats small amounts but almost exactly 4 hours later he loses it all out his bottom. He just threw up too… I really am a mess…” So
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What Is Ringworm? Ringworm is a common name for a fungal infection of the skin. Microsporum Canis is the name of the chief fungus responsible for ringworm in cats. The outer layer of the skin is made out of a protein called keratin. There are types of fungi – called dermatophytes – that feed off
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Back in April 15, a member of TheCatSite.com started a thread about a kitten she had helped birth. The kitten had “offset eyes” and a strange forehead, she said. Her friend claimed it had Down Syndrome but she wasn’t sure. She brought the question to our community and asked: Can cats have Down Syndrome? It’s
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Some people will tell you that cats are good at hiding their pain. This is only partially true. Your cat cannot verbalize her pain. She can’t let you know with words when it hurts, nor can she say where it hurts or what kind of pain she’s feeling. That doesn’t mean you can’t tell she’s
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Most owners think of cats as resilient creatures and don’t think much of some vomiting or increase in sleep time. Add to that the fact that cats are good at hiding their pain and it’s easy to see why sometimes cats develop liver disease which goes unnoticed until it becomes very serious. As responsible owners,
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It’s time to find out the answer to a common question we get asked on the forums: When to spay or neuter a cat? The answer may surprise you. One of the most important things we do for our cats is getting them fixed. That means spaying females and neutering males. There are a multitude
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Our elegant feline friends usually keep their mouths shut. A cat that opens his or her mouth for no apparent reason is a sight that alarms an attentive owner – sometimes with good reason! Why is Kitty’s mouth hanging open? It could be a harmless form of behavior called “the Flehmen reaction” or it could
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Cats can usually go through pregnancy and labor without to many problems. However, if the cat is under a year old, or you have an older cat that has gone through multiple births, there could be problems ahead. This article will give you tips on how to tell what a normal pregnancy is, and what
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When cat owners face behavior problems, such as litter-box avoidance or aggression, changes to the cat’s routine and various training techniques are usually suggested. However, there are times when behavior modification techniques are not enough. They fail to work because the cat, either due to its genetically-encoded temperament, or due to life circumstances that cannot
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There is more than one effective way to take care of your cat’s teeth. Dental treats, pet toothpaste and dental toys are just a few of the options our members often discuss on the forums. Important note before we proceed: Please remember that your cat may already suffer from some form of tooth and gum
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Just what is a probiotic? When feline (and human) health is concerned, Probiotics is the name given to a group of supplements containing live bacteria or, in the case of many pet supplements, fermentation products. These supplements help keep the digestive tract healthy which in turn, keeps the rest of the body healthy too. It
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Fleas – if your cat ever goes outdoors or comes in contact with animals that do, you are probably familiar with these pests. Given the right conditions, these tiny brownish insects can quickly multiply and turn into a horrible infestation.Many cats are allergic to fleas. For them, even a single fleabite can trigger an acute
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If there could be one thing you could do to save your cat’s life in an emergency, would you? 53% of cat people say they would be willing to give their cat CPR but how do you do it? There are classes to teach you basic first aid for both cats and dogs. Finding a
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It’s the perfect picture. A cat owner is sitting on a chair with their cat curled up in their lap. Unfortunately, a closer look reveals the owner’s red eyes, and blotchy skin. Does getting close to your furry family member result in itchy, watery eyes and sneezing? Many cat owners are allergic to their pets,
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We have a special a guest blog post today by veterinarian Dr. Kristopher Chandroo, DVM. You may already be familiar with Dr. Kris’ posts here on TCS. Dr. Kris will be hosting a special guest forum next week! The topic will be Kidney Issues in Cats and you’re all welcome to prepare your questions. Guest
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Cats tend to throw up stuff every now and again. If you share your life with a cat, you probably know the picture and the soundtrack, too: your cat meowing loudly in a low-pitched tone, heaving and retching pitifully until some intermediate wet mass comes out of her mouth. Scary as it may seem to
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One of the questions often asked on our cat forums is, how can I give a pill to my cat? Unless you find a super-tasty pill your cat happens to love (like the one shown in the picture here), you need to know how to properly administer a pill. Technically speaking, the procedure itself is
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The skin is the largest organ a body has and that goes for cats as well as humans. The skin can be directly affected by disease and parasites or it can display symptoms that are related to a disease in another body part. Here’s a quick overview of feline skin conditions and what you can
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