From the November 2014 Issue

Most Cases of Deafness Are Acquired

Most Cases of Deafness Are Acquired

If your cat has become unresponsive to everyday sounds, squeaky toys or his name, if he doesn’t know you’re in the room unless you touch him, or if a loud noise fails to awaken him, a veterinary visit should be scheduled to determine if he’s losing his hearing. Hearing is a vital sense for cats and greatly contributes to their self-preservation and comfort with us. Deafness in cats can be caused by a wide variety of conditions.

Current Issue

What’s Your Cat’s Age in Human Years?

If there were an AARP for pets, your cat would get his membership card when he turns 8½. That’s about 50 years old in human years, according to “Feline Life Stage Guidelines” from the American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association.

Those Lovely Lilies? They’re Lethal

A touch of green around the house during a long, cold winter provides a reminder of spring and creates a festive mood for the holidays. Although plants like lilies are lovely, the effects on a cat who ingests them are decidedly not. In the case of lilies of the Lilium species, cats can suffer potentially fatal kidney failure.

Ask Elizabeth: November 2014

Q. Our year-old male cat, found at a county animal shelter seven months ago, has been diagnosed with eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC). His symptoms are incessant scratching, puffy gums, blistering mouth, swollen front paw, lameness, limping. Our veterinarian has prescribed steroids for him, and these have been somewhat helpful, but can you explain this disease so that we can better understand what is going on? …

In the News: November 2014

An overwhelming number of British veterinarians — 98 percent of them in a survey of 1,208 — say that clients who search the Internet for advice before visiting a veterinarian are more likely to diagnose and treat their pets themselves.\n

Short Takes: November 2014

Estimates are that osteoarthritis affects 90 percent of cats over the age of 12 years. Confirmation of the disease, however, can sometimes prove elusive. In the search for an accurate diagnosis, the Winn Feline Foundation has awarded a grant, funded by the animal health company Zoetis, to researchers at the University of Melbourne. Their goal is to develop a blood test biomarker — a molecule indicating an abnormal process — so the disease can be identified earlier.