I follow a veterinary page on Facebook and it is interesting to see the frustrations and hardships they can face on a day to day basis that as a pet owner, just hadn't occurred to me. I thought it would be an idea to write this article to help pet owners make life easier for their veterinarians as well as our pets.
Acute diarrhea is characterised by the sudden onset of loose or watery stools lasting up to 14 days. Diarrhea lasting longer than this time is classed as chronic. A cat with diarrhea may pass more than the normal amount of feces, defecate more frequently, they may start out solid or the only symptom may be watery stools.
All cats should be on a regular worming schedule regardless of whether they are indoors only or pregnant. Cats can pass on common parasitic worms to their kittens both in-utero and through the milk during nursing, making it important to ensure a regular worming regime is carried out both during pregnancy and while the mother is nursing her kittens.
Also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease is a collective term for diseases which affect the heart and the heart vessels. Heart disease can be a silent disease with many cats showing no outward signs of disease until one day they suddenly collapse and die.
The cruciate ligament is a pair of ligaments which form an X shape within the knee of the hind leg. These ligaments attach the femur (thigh bone) with the tibia (shinbone), the long bones above and below the knee joint (which is known as the stifle joint in quadruped/four-footed animals).
All domesticated cats (Felis catus) are descended from the wildcat (Felis sylvestris lybica) which is native to the Middle East. It is believed that domestication developed with farmers between in the Neolithic period between 9,000 and 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Near East.
Cat poop is something most pet owners would rather not spend time thinking about let alone studying, but our cat's poop can give us a window into their overall health. Did you know, there is a well-known chart known as the Bristol stool chart which identifies the different types of feces we pass.
There are many words for poop, including stool, feces, poo, stool. I will try to stick with the word stool for this article to avoid confusion.
Diabetes is an endocrine disorder in which the pancreas doesn't make enough (or any) insulin due to the destruction of the pancreatic beta cells (type 1 diabetes) or the cells within the body fail to respond to insulin, known as insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). When this happens, glucose builds up in the blood but the cells are starved of glucose required for energy.
Most of the complications are related to uncontrolled diabetes, which highlights the importance of diligent control as well as regular monitoring and a close relationship with your veterinarian who will need to closely monitor the diabetic cat.
I recently wrote an article on immunocompromised people who live with cats and way to reduce the risks for those individuals. This article will focus on cats who have compromised immune systems and ways we can keep them healthy.
The immune system is there to protect the cat. It is made up of a number of chemicals, cells, tissues and organs which have many roles in defending him against disease-causing organisms as well as removing tumour cells. When the immune system isn't functioning as it should, invading organisms can take a hold.