Hematuria in cats

Hematuria (blood in urine) in Cats

Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in the urine. It is a symptom of an underlying disorder and isn’t a disease in itself. As are many causes of hematuria in cats ranging from mild to severe and life threatening, prompt veterinary attention is required. It can be classified as microscopic or gross. Microscopic […]

Zinc Poisoning in Cats

Zinc is a metal and an essential trace mineral which is necessary for many functions and is the second most abundant metal in the body after iron.  It can be found in many types of food such as beef, spinach, oysters, seafood and egg yolks (to name a few) and is vital for several bodily […]

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

What is FLUTD? Formerly known as FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome), FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) is a group of conditions affecting the cat’s lower urinary system and bladder, including urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urinary tract infection and urethral obstruction. Approximately 1% of the cat population will experience […]

asthma in cats

Asthma in Cats

What is feline asthma? Also known as feline bronchial disease, allergic bronchitis, allergic airway disease and allergic asthma), asthma is a noninfectious respiratory condition that is characterised by acute constriction of the lower airways, resulting in coughing and respiratory distress. Asthma is one of the most common causes of respiratory diseases in cats, affecting around […]

Vaccine Associated Sarcoma in Cats

Vaccine associated sarcoma in cats   Also commonly known as injection site sarcoma, vaxosarcoma or vaccine site sarcoma, injection site sarcoma is an rare but aggressive type of cancer which is linked to vaccinations, especially rabies and feline leukemia vaccines. [1] VAS were first observed in the late 1980’s and a link was made between […]

Hypercalcemia in cats

Hypercalcemia in Cats

What is hypercalcemia? Hypercalcemia is an abnormally high level of calcium in the blood (greater than 11 mg/dl). Calcium is the most abundant  mineral found in the body, approximately 99% is found in bone and the remaining 1% in extra cellular fluid (fluid found outside of the cells and between the cells in body tissues). […]

Elevated Liver Enzymes in Cats

The liver is a lobed organ located in the abdomen which is responsible for many excretory, synthetic and metabolic functions, some of which include: Detoxification of drugs and toxins. Conversion of sugars into glycogen. Manufactures bile, which aids in the digestion of fats. Storage of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Synthesising and storage […]

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Polycystic Kidney Disease in Cats

What is polycystic kidney disease? Autosomal Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a progressive, inherited condition which causes multiple fluid-filled cysts on the kidneys of Persians/Exotic cats and breeds with Persians/Exotics in their lines. Cysts are present from birth, but start out small, slowly increasing in size. Cysts can range from very small to several centimetres […]

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

What is FLUTD? Formerly known as FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome), FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) is a group of conditions affecting the cat’s lower urinary system and bladder, including urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urinary tract infection and urethral obstruction.

Cat Urinary Tract Urolithiasis – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Uroliths are rock like stones found within the urinary tract causing irritation and secondary infection. Struvite (also referred to as magnesium ammonium phosphate or MAP) account for approximately 65% of stones, 20% are calcium oxalate [1], other stones include calcium phosphate, ammonium urate, silica, and cystine. The stones are named after their mineral formation and […]

Increased Appetite (polyphagia) in Cats

It is always prudent to be aware of your cat’s habits as any change can indicate a potential problem. One such change is a sudden change in your cat’s appetite (known as polyphagia). Most of us would associate sickness with a loss of appetite, however, an increased appetite can also be a sign of an […]