Common Health Concerns
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)
Site of fleas, hair loss, itchyness (seen as licking and scratchinig) are signs your cat may have FAD. Fleas are not always seen with this disorder because cats that are sensitive to fleas, just one bite can cause a reaction. Speak to your veterinarian to discuss proper flea control.
Signs and smptoms vary and range from from weight loss to paralysis. Diagnosis and staging requires a full workup which will include bloodwork, radiographs and biopsies. You have options in terms of treatment which your veterinarian can go over with you.
Increased urination and drinking, increased appetite with weight loss, change in the way they walk are all signs of diabetes. Cats diagnosed with diabetes usaully have a concurrent urinary tract infection which is treated with antibiotics. This illness requires lifelong management and a comitted owner.
Increased appetite, weight loss, unkept hair coat, increased drinking, and sometimes diarrhea. This disease is diagnosed by blood tests and managed with lifelong medication. There are other options besides medical therapy that can be discussed with your veterinarian.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Weight loss with increased drinking and urination are the signs owners bring their cat into the vet. There is no cure for CKD, but you and your vet can come up with a treatment plan that that slow down the process and prolong a good quality of life for your little kitty. This will include a special diet and some medications.
Irritable Bowl Disease (IBD)
Main sign is chronic diarrhea. Biopsies are needed to confirm this disorder. Treatment options include diet changes or medications. Speak to your veterian about your options.
These sassy, goofy, independent kitties come in all shapes, sizes and have a variety of attitudes. If you want to open your door and surrender your free will here are some basic facts.
Lifespan: 15 years or more (the oldest living cat was 38 years old and lived in Texas)
Sexual Maturity: around 6 months of age. It is best to spay before the first heat cycle
Heat cycle: lasts about 7 days, and recures about every 3 weeks year round. Signs
include constant "calling", lordosis (arching of back downwards and
protruding of rear end), and rolling on the floor.
Length of Pregnancy: 62 days. Kittens may be able to be palpated by a veterinarian at 30 days. This is also when ultrasound can be used to detect
pregnancy but to best determine the number of puppies, radiographs can be taken at about 6 weeks into the pregnancy.
Litter Size: 3-5 kittens, but may have over 10!
Weaning: 4-8 weeks
Start feeding a Senior diet at 8 years old. Never feed raw fish or bones
Vaccinations: Rabies, 3:1 (rhinotrachietis, calicivirus, panleukopenia), FeLV/HIV
FeLV/HIV vaccination is only recommended for outdoor cats. All cats,
especially kittens should be checked for FeLV/HIV status.
Poisions: Lilies (all parts of the plant), grapes and raisens, holly, onions, garlic, chives,
alcohol, candies or gums that contain xylitol, and chocolate
Always check with your local shelter or rescue group first when considering bringing home a furry friend. They are so many sassy felines looking for a forever home.
They take to the litter box like a fish to water. For multicat households, the number of litterboxes in the household should equal the number of cats plus a spare. They should be spread around the house and in quiet areas. As previously stated, all new addtions to the household should be tested for FeLV/HIV and kept seperate from the rest of the pack, "quarantined" for a few weeks and after a check up by the vet. Slow introductions are best. Not all cats will welcome a new member with open arms. Its easier to introduce a younger cat to the household.
Its no secret that cats do not like change. That includes visits to the vet. Tips on ways we and you can make the trip to the vet easier and less stressful can be found on the information page.