Cat Health

Cat Health is key to a cat owner. Share anything you know to keep a healthy cat with other cat owners and learn from what others have to say about cat health. Always consult your vet regarding your cat health.

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June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

I know I should look in my cat’s mouth more often — and I promise to if you tell me: Why is my cat losing teeth?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: Severe periodontal disease and a kind of “cavity” called odontoclastic resorptive lesions (or "neck lesions”) cause loss of your cat's teeth. Lots of things can help cat keep all 30 of its teeth: Regular brushing (start early, before the cat g… more ›

January 30, 2009 | By Gail | 20

The best time to alter your pet is before the animal reaches puberty. Many experts feel that six months of age is an ideal time to spay or neuter. However, there have been numerous studies done that show that healthy kittens spayed or neutered as you… more ›

Gail
Jeffrey T.
JeffReyT

January 31, 2009

A: The shelter I work at has a policy of at least 8 weeks in age and at least 2 pounds in weight. JeffRey

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

How soon should my newly adopted cat see the veterinarian?

Mary T.
RogerSegelken

July 12, 2010

A: If you already have another cat (or more) at home, the new cat should have his first veterinary exam before coming home to join the family. Cats from any source — and kittens in particular — can carry infectious diseases. That newcomer should co… more ›

September 26, 2008 | By Karen W. | 4

I AM GOING TO BE CHANGING Mitzi's dry cat food. I am going to get either the Wellness Core OR the Indoor Health. There are pros for both kinds. Can you guys help me to choose one ?. Thanks.

Karen W.
Angie S.
AngCMP

September 26, 2008

A: Between the two Wellness dry food types that you're considering, CORE is the better option because it is grain-free.

September 20, 2008 | By Anonymous | 3

If so, were there certain steps you took to ensure the surviving cat's health? Do you worry your surviving cat will someday suddenly show symptoms of FIP as well?

Anonymous
Jill R.
DocJill

September 20, 2008

A: There is so much information known about FIP these days thanks to the Winn Feline Foundation. Here's some great info for you in the link below www.winnfelinehealth.org/Health/FIP.html

August 14, 2008 | By RadarCallie | 7

Our new cat is a 1 1/2 year old female, she is spayed and has a clean bill of health, but her voice does not sound like a normal cat. She makes a very quiet chirping noise, almost like a squeak toy. I haven't heard this before. She is adjusting well,… more ›

Sabrina S.
sabrina2008

August 17, 2008

A: One of my cats does a half meow, so it comes out "me." It's pretty cute, but alot of the time it comes out broken, like she has such a hard time trying! But she is perfectly fine, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. But if you feel like something … more ›

January 22, 2009 | By Rinthea S. | 5

My 6 year old cat began losing weight rapidly. I got her to the vet today and her glucose level was 395 - normal is 75-150 so we started her on insulin tonight. I know nothing about diabetes in cats so I have a lot of reading to do on the web. If … more ›

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InZeee

January 22, 2009

A: So sorry to hear of your cats diabetes. I don't have experience with a cat but I have a dog that was diagnosed with diabetes last April. I buy the needles at either Walmart or Giant Eagle. You may want to price local pharmacies. The insulin was $… more ›

January 21, 2009 | By Mary S. | 10

My 11 year-old, solid black cat has terrible dandruff. No matter how much I brush her, it seems that the dandruff is still there. She also pulls her fur our in spots. Other than that, she seems perfectly fine. She eats well, and participates in t… more ›

Mary S.
Geoff L.
glcats

January 21, 2009

A: Sounds like allergies to me. I would check with my vet about a course of action...a holistic vet might be your best bet.

News

June 1, 2010 | By Mary T. | 36

Which is better for the family pet: dry food, wet food, or a mixture of the two? Pet owners have long struggled with the question, weighing the relative merits of water content, nutrition, dental health, and cost. Many pet owners fear th… more ›

Wet Food or Dry: Which Is Better for Your Cat?

May 6, 2010 | By Mary T. | 20

If April showers bring May flowers, then the combination of the two mean a climbing heat index. While pets are eager to get outside as much as possible in warmer climates, the sunny weather is not without some perils for both cats and dogs. more ›

Warm Weather Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Sun

May 5, 2010 | By Mary T. | 20

A pet owner would be hard-pressed to find an individual more qualified to speak about advances in veterinary techniques than Dr. Kyle Kerstetter of Michigan Veterinary Specialists. Not only is Dr. Kerstetter a Board Certified Diplomate of the America… more ›

Advances in Veterinary Techniques

March 19, 2010 | By Mary T. | 27

NEW YORK — In a less-than-heartening sign of spring, the New York City Dept. of Health and Hygiene confirmed the city's first case of rabies in a feline for 2010. The statement was released on March 12, and documents the 69th case of r… more ›

Keeping Your Cat Safe From Rabies

March 16, 2010 | By Mary T. | 36

Springtime is just around the corner, but the gentle season could prove to be not so kind to curious pets and unknowing pet owners. A host of risks present themselves to dogs, cats and other companion animals, and pet parents should be a… more ›

Springtime Pet Safety Tips: How Owners Can Avoid Risks of the Season

March 13, 2010 | By Mary T. | 30

Our cats provide us with comfort, companionship, and fun. And in return, they depend on us to help keep them safe and healthy. To maintain your cat’s good health, regular visits to the vet are a must. But recent studies show that one… more ›

Feline and Feeling Fine: Tips for Keeping Your Cat Healthy

March 2, 2009 | By Alieberman | 1503

Rare Cat Tests Diabetic for Low Blood Sugar: A deep sniff of his diabetic owner's breath and Elijah can tell if the blood sugar levels are normal. If not, Elijah meows an alert. It's a skill Elijah taught himself, albeit unheard of, medical professi… more ›

Rare Cat Tests Diabetic for Low Blood Sugar

December 20, 2007 | By Piranhapetter | 570

RHODE ISLAND – A rare calico cat in Middletown, R.I. is catching the attention of vets and shelters across the nation because of its gender. Max and his mother were brought to the Potter League for Animals in June. When employees disc… more ›

Genetics Make Cat a Rarity

Blogs

February 26, 2009 | By lorraine B. | 2

Spaying your female cat at an early age not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but also helps minimize the risk of mammary (breast) cancer. Spaying your cat also prevents pyometra, a serious infection of the uterus. "Spayed" means the cat has had he… more ›

November 2, 2008 | By Diane | 0

Age Event 2-4 weeks Baby teeth arrive 6-8 weeks Kitten is weaned 6,8,10,12 weeks Call vet about vaccinations and parasite check 3 months Rabies vaccination (in PA) 3-7 months Permanent teeth arr… more ›

March 1, 2008 | By Lorie | 3

Last year when the big pet food scare happened, I went into a panic. My cats didn't get sick (thankfully) but I wanted to make sure they weren't *going* to either. So I started doing research online ... and I discovered that DRY FOOD IS NOT GOOD FO… more ›

November 12, 2008 | By Melody M. | 1

When to take cat vomiting seriously If vomiting occurs every few hours for 8 hours or more. If vomiting is continuous. If there is blood in the cat vomit. (Digested blood looks like dark coffee granules.) <… more ›

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