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  1. Eye Infections In Cats

    Eye Infections In Cats

    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 -...
  2. Heart Disease In Cats

    Heart Disease In Cats

    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...
  3. Arthritis And Joint Pain In Cats

    Arthritis And Joint Pain In Cats

    “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...
  4. Gingivitis And Stomatitis In Cats

    Gingivitis And Stomatitis In Cats

    What is Feline Gingivitis?Gingivitis simply means an inflammation of the gums (Ginga in Latin). Food debris and bacteria accumulate on the teeth and gums to become plaque. Left untreated, the layer of plaque hardens and turns into tartar (also called calculus). The layer of tartar is often...
  5. What To Do If You Think Your Cat Ingested Poison

    What To Do If You Think Your Cat Ingested Poison

    If you suspect that your cat has ingested any kind of poison, and he or she is displaying medical or behavioral changes or any of the following symptoms: - Shivering/tremors - seizures - paralysis (full or partial) - vomiting - diarrhea (or loss of control over bowel movements and urine) -...
  6. Health Concerns In Aging Cats

    Health Concerns In Aging Cats

    It doesn't matter whether the cat joined your life as a lively kitten or was adopted as a senior cat, once she or he hit their golden years, you need to keep a watch out for specific medical conditions. When a cat is considered a senior, and when geriatric conditions become a health concern...
  7. Rabies: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Cat

    Rabies: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Cat

    What is RabiesRabies has a diabolical reputation, evoking age-old images of infected animals, usually dogs, foaming at the mouth and viciously attacking humans. Probably for good reason, as this is truly a horrific disease. Rabies is one of few diseases in modern times that are almost 100%...
  8. Special Needs Cats: Aztec

    Special Needs Cats: Aztec

    Sugarcatmom shared with us the story of Aztec, a beautiful senior cat with diabetes. Aztec (who celebrated his 19th birthday on May 5th) was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003. He’s also had chronic renal insufficiency for the past couple years (amongst other health conditions common to his age...
  9. Special Needs Cats: Joji

    Special Needs Cats: Joji

    TCS member yayi shares the story of Joji, a senior cat who's lost both her hearing and the flexibility of her joints - Her name is Joji and a calico. She was the resident feral cat living in the property when I moved in back in 1997. Now that she is at least 15 years old, she is deaf and has...
  10. Seizures In Cats

    Seizures In Cats

    The reason for seizures can be hard to find whether in people or cats. Blood tests can help pinpoint the cause but not always. It takes good detective work and even Sherlock Holmes would be hard pressed to find the culprit in some cases. What is a seizure?A seizure is a misfiring or multiple...
  11. Feline Acne

    Feline Acne

    In most cases, you can just monitor the situation and the acne will go away on its own or at least, not get any worse. As teenagers are told, the more you mess with it, the worse it can get. Keep your hands off! It’s when the case is more severe that you need to step in and get veterinary help...
  12. Special Needs Cats: Cerebellar Hypoplasia

    Special Needs Cats: Cerebellar Hypoplasia

    Why would someone adopt a cat who cannot walk, climb into a litter box or hear? That’s easy—the cat was a gift - from Princess, the Mama Cat. When Paulette saw a white cat with one yellow eye and one blue eye at Animal Control, she tried to talk herself out of adopting. The cat was still there...
  13. The Deaf Cat

    The Deaf Cat

    What is deafness?Deafness is a temporary or permanent loss of hearing due to age, genetic defect, infection, mites, injury or as a side effect of certain kinds of drugs like antibiotics or diuretics. Deafness can be one ear or both, total or partial, and originate from the ear itself or from the...
  14. Is Your Cat Overweight?

    Is Your Cat Overweight?

    Buddy is a friendly domestic shorthair cat. At six years of age, Buddy weighs 28 pounds. His owner, Michelle Endorf, confesses that she and her family have been at times embarrassed of Buddy's weight problem, fearing that guests might think they were neglecting the cat's health. Recently...
  15. Feline Hyperesthesia

    Feline Hyperesthesia

    Feline Hyperesthesia is an elusive disorder. Difficult to diagnose and with symptoms varying from one case to another, this syndrome often baffles veterinarians and cat owners alike. The good news? Feline Hyperesthesia (also known as FHS) is very rare and is not life-threatening. What are the...
  16. Feline Leukemia Virus (felv)

    Feline Leukemia Virus (felv)

    What is FeLV?Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) not only causes leukemia (blood cell cancer), as its name implies. This virus is in fact responsible for various manifestations of disease. FeLV is a retrovirus that, much like FIV, may damage the cat's immune system and lead to a multitude of serious...
  17. Fip In Cats

    Fip In Cats

    What is FIP?Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a serious viral disease and is almost always fatal. A specific virus of the Corona group is known to be the direct cause of FIP. The exact method of infection is still a mystery. The FIP virus is a mutation of another virus called the feline...
  18. Fiv In Cats

    Fiv In Cats

    What is FIV?FIV was first discovered in California in 1986. Its similarity to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus - also known as AIDS) caused great alarm among cat owners. Many FIV positive cats were unnecessarily put to sleep or abandoned in shelters. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency...
  19. Flat Chested Kitten (fck)

    Flat Chested Kitten (fck)

    Flat Chested Kitten Syndrome is a deformity of a kitten's ribs and sternum (breastbone). The medical term for this is Pectus Excavatum and it is also known as Funnel Chest. The term 'Swimmer Kitten' is sometimes used when a kitten with FCK crawls with both front legs out to the side of the chest...
  20. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (flutd)

    Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (flutd)

    What is FLUTD?Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is the name given to a complex of urologic medical conditions in cats including Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), urinary stones and urinary obstruction. It is sometimes referred to as FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome). A full...
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