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 […]

How To Sex A Kitten

Shortly after birth the sex of a kitten can be determined. The genitalia of a kitten compared to that of an adult is more difficult to see. One should have no problem determining the sex however if you look carefully. Face the kitten away from you and lift the tail to expose the anal region. […]

Flat-Chested Kitten Syndrome or Pectus Excavatum?

Guest Post by Jemima. If you’ve just brought home a young kitten, or if your feline friend has recently had a litter, there are two respiratory conditions about which you should be aware—Flat-Chested Kitten Syndrome and Pectus Excavatum. Both conditions can be present in young kittens, and both have the potential to be fatal. While […]

The Fun In Bringing Home A New Kitten

Guest Post by Jessica. Bringing a new kitten into the home is a major decision, especially if other pets have already laid claim to the time and attention of the owners. A number of preparations must be made in advance of the kittens arrival. Purchasing a litter box, a scratching post, food and water dishes, […]

Common Illnesses In Kittens

Kittens like all living things can become ill. When your kitten isn’t feeling well, it’s not all that difficult to figure out that something’s just not right. A strong indicator that your kitten may be unwell is if she starts acting lethargic and doesn’t want to play as usual, since kittens, by nature, are usually […]

Coccidia (Coccidiosis) in Cats

Coccidia are highly contagious microscopic parasites that live within the cells of the intestinal lining. Although they are most commonly seen in kittens under six months of age, they can be found in adult cats as well. Transmission of coccidia occurs when the cat comes into contact with contaminated feces. The main sign of infection […]

Septicemia

Septicemia is an infection that is seen in kittens under two weeks of age. This infection can enter the bloodstream by way of an infected umbilical cord or through bacteria-infected milk. Signs of septicemia include: distended, bloated stomachs, vocalization, and difficulty in defecation. The kitten may appear as if she’s constipated, but by taking a […]

Toxic Milk Syndrome

The milk of a mother cat can become toxic to her kittens due to breast infections such as mastitis.  Commercial milk replacement may also be toxic if it has turned bad or has not been properly prepared. The signs of toxic milk syndrome can include diarrhea, excessive kitten volcalization, or a bloated stomach. Septicemia can […]