Short Takes

February 2009 Issue

Short Takes: 02/09

FLUTD and stressful events; home cooking; microchip scanners on the improve.

Here at ShortTakes office, we are on a healthcare honeymoon with Frannie, the feline "office manager" who is barely three years old. We are saving our worries (and money) for feline old age (the last ShortTakes muse, Gertie, lived to 21) when maladies like feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) are likely to strike. Just in time to start to worry comes this report in Veterinary Clinics of North America (Vol. 39 Issue 1): "Changing Paradigms of Idiopathic Feline Cystitis." Cystitis is inflammation of the urinary bladder. Idiopathic means its cause is currently unknown. However, the stressors for cystitis have been identified. The report mentions "stressful events such as earthquakes, seasonal weather changes, moves to a new home, major holidays and diet changes." That settles it, Frannie. You canít move to California during the Santa Anna winds. Or Easter-Passover holidays, either.

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