From the October 2014 Issue
If you have a short-nosed cat who has put on some pounds and suffers breathing problems due to a condition called brachycephalic airway syndrome, one simple change could go a long way in easing his discomfort: help him slim down.
Halloween poses well-known stressors and safety risks to our cats, from ringing doorbells to scary costumes. But here are two threats we may overlook: burning candles and heated essential oils in potpourri containers.
It may come as a surprise to learn that nearly one-third of cats experience signs of an active infection of flu-like feline calicivirus (FCV). Most of us would think that vaccinations prevent the disease in cats, and wed be mistaken.
Q We have a 4-year-old female tuxedo-patterned kitty named Puff whose right eye occasionally (every few months or so) gets a little weepy. It stays that way for a week or so before she gets it cleaned up and then its fine until the next occurrence. Is this something we should be concerned about?
A pathologist at Massey University in New Zealand is studying the role that papillomavirus plays in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a common skin cancer in cats. If caught and treated early, SCC can have a favorable outcome, according to the Cornell Feline Health Center. If the cancers eruptions, which can resemble scabbed sores, go unnoticed, however, it can prove fatal.
Surgeons at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital have used a Siamese cats stem cells to improve acceptance of his kidney transplant. The recently announced surgery on 4-year-old Arthur, performed in May, is the hospitals second successful kidney transplant using feline adult stem cells.