Health

“One day, I noticed Callie was “gimpy”, walking with a catch in her getalong, not jumping on the counter to get water from the sink or up on the bed to sleep with me,” said stephanietx. Dr. Cindy Houlihan owner of The Cat Practice in Birmingham, Michigan, says, “A cat should have a gliding walk,
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Heart disease – it’s a silent threat. Symptoms don’t show early on so it’s hard to know there’s a problem until it’s advanced. This is especially the case with relatively sedentary indoors-only cats where there is rarely any significant acceleration of the pulse. While any cat can have it, heart disease has been linked to
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Cats are prone to eye infections at any age. Crowded conditions can easily spread infections from one cat to another. The most common cause can be bacteria, fungus or a virus.Younger cats are more likely to get Chlamydia and Mycoplasma which are bacterial. Calicivirus is another common cause – it’s viral. Immune systems in young
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“How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?” Unfortunately, it’s a question we get quite often in the Care for Pregnant Cats and Kittens forum. It is unfortunate because if it’s your cat, you should spay her at 4-5 months of age and not have to ask whether or not she’s pregnant. There are
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Fleas – they’re almost too tiny to see, multiply like crazy, and can live way too long as far as people and cats are concerned. They can come into the yard on a squirrel, into the house on the dog or even hitch a ride on a human. It makes for a miserable situation all
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Have you heard the term “heartworm” before? Sounds awful, doesn’t it? If you’re worried that this might be affecting your cat’s health, you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve put together a concise detailed guide for cat owners. Heartworm (scientific name: dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic worm that is transmitted to new hosts through the bites
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Kitty recently had a blood test? Are you wondering about the results? Can’t make sense of the various abbreviations and what they actually mean? We have some answers for you. Written by veterinarian Letrisa Miller, DVM, this article goes over the various elements of a blood panel in cats, aka a complete blood count or
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Thinking about getting your adorable new kitten fixed but worried about the cost? We’re here to answer your questions about how much it might cost you to get Kitty spayed (or neutered) and provide you with useful tips on how to reduce the price. So, how much does it cost to get a cat fixed?
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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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