From the November 2016 Issue

Smart Strategies for Easy Weight Loss

Smart Strategies for Easy Weight Loss

Most of us think we give our cats the appropriate amount of food, but let’s be honest here: Do we take into account the treats that we slip them? Or people food? A few morsels of canned tuna — at 56 calories per ounce — can add up and we suddenly have an overweight cat. The latest report from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that only 38 percent of cats in the U.S. are of normal weight; 28 percent are obese and 29 percent are overweight.

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When Blindness Suddenly Strikes

If your usually confident cat starts acting confused, bumping into objects and having difficulty finding his food bowl, he could have a rare but serious condition. Sudden blindness can develop seemingly overnight and needs immediate veterinary intervention. Depending on the timing, an ophthalmologist may be able to preserve some vision. The condition has many causes, from central nervous system disease to inflammation; however, “As a veterinary ophthalmologist, I would say the most common cause of sudden blindness that I see among cats who appeared otherwise normal prior to the vision loss is a condition called hypertensive retinopathy,” says Eric C. Ledbetter, DVM, ACVO, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

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A New Technique to Ease Pain After Spay Surgery; Hope for Feline Heart Disease

Not too long ago, conventional wisdom held that animals felt little pain and providing relief was unnecessary after spaying and neutering. Veterinary medicine today emphasizes the recognition and management of pain in animals, with professional organizations issuing guidelines, offering courses for members and expanding efforts to educate owners. Researchers, too, are pursuing pain relief, in one case discovering that a novel method of drug delivery for spayed cats provides relief.

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When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

With good care from loving owners, indoor cats can enjoy a great life, but when the temperature plummets, they can benefit from some extra TLC. The most valuable advice from a specialist in emergency and critical care: “Come winter, the most important thing is to keep pets indoors where it’s warm,” says Elisa Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, Ph.D., ACECC, at Cornell University Veterinary Specials in Stamford, Conn.

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What Awaits a Maine Coon Who Has a Serious Case of Gingivitis?

I am very sorry to hear about your kitty’s problems, and I understand your concern completely. Dental disease is fairly common in cats, and diseases of the gingiva, or gums (the part of the soft tissue lining in the mouth that surrounds the teeth) can cause problems ranging from discomfort to tooth loss, depending upon the cause and severity of the condition. Perhaps a brief discussion of what gingivitis is and what may cause it would be helpful.

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Smart Strategies for Easy Weight Loss

Most of us think we give our cats the appropriate amount of food, but let’s be honest here: Do we take into account the treats that we slip them? Or people food? A few morsels of canned tuna — at 56 calories per ounce — can add up and we suddenly have an overweight cat. The latest report from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that only 38 percent of cats in the U.S. are of normal weight; 28 percent are obese and 29 percent are overweight.

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A Promising Drug for Feline Herpes Virus

Eye problems occur frequently in cats with feline herpes virus 1 (FHV-1) and can lead to blindness if untreated. Current medications must be applied several times daily and evidence of their effectiveness is lacking.

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The veterinarian will examine your cat’s eyes at regular intervals. The long-term prognosis for cats with sudden blindness is highly variable, says Dr. Ledbetter. “Some causes, such as hypertensive retinopathy, are readily treatable and either curable or controllable. Others, such as optic neuritis or acute glaucoma, carry a more guarded long-term prognosis or are not readily treatable.”

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