Older Cats – Skin, Hair And Nails

As a cat ages, her skin will start to lose elasticity and become dry and thin making her more prone to irritation and infection. To the aging cat, lumps and bumps on and/or under the skin become more common. Her grooming habits will become less conscientious (many times due to other physical ailments such as […]

Campylobacteriosis In Kittens

Campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease which causes acute infectious diarrhea in kittens. It may also be found in shelters and catteries, mainly in cats who are poor condition and already suffering from other intestinal infections. A kitten acquires the bacterium when she comes into contact with contaminated water, food, animal feces, or uncooked beef or […]

Steatitis (Yellow Fat Disease) In Cats

Steatitis, or yellow fat disease, is caused by a deficiency of vitamin E. Cats who are fed a diet containing excessive amounts of unsaturated fats end up with vitamin E being destroyed in their bodies. This results in a painful inflammation in the cats body fat. The fat will turn yellow and harden greatly. A […]

Why Cats Cough Up Hairballs

Your cat spends half of her waking hours grooming herself. As she licks her coat clean, she’ll ingest some of the hair along the way. Instead of normally passing through her gut, when too much hair accumulates in her stomach it can irritate the stomach lining which causes it to be coughed back up. This […]

Signs Of Liver Disease In Older Cats

The signs of liver disease in older cats may appear rather quick or more slowly. Symptoms include loss of appetite and weight loss, increased thirst, dark yellow urine, fluid buildup in the abdomen (which may be mistaken for the beginning of obesity), and jaundice (the yellowing of the skin, gums, and the whites of the […]

Allergic Rhinitis (Nasal Allergies) In Cats

Nasal allergies are characterized when a cat displays periodic bouts of sneezing that last for a short period of time and tend to recur from day to day. The cat will usually have a clear watery discharge from her nose. Most cases of nasal allergies are caused by the cat coming in contact with environmental […]

Causes Of Stress In Cats

Cats can quickly become stressed whenever even the slightest change occurs within their environment. They tend to be creatures of habit and are at their most highest level of comfort with a daily routine. So it’s not surprising that when that routine changes, no matter how small and trivial it may seem, it just may […]

Common Geriatric Cat Health Problems

The following list, in no particular order, are of common health care problems seen in geriatric cats: Diabetes mellitus Kidney Disease (CRF, chronic renal failure) Hyperthyroidism Cardiomyopathy (heart disease) Skin Tumors Periodontal disease (dental disease) Dietary issues (obesity or special needs) Inflammatory bowel disease Hypertension (high blood pressure)

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