From the January 2018 Issue

Study Names the Feline Five

Study Names the Feline Five

A recent study conducted in South Australia and New Zealand looked at cat personalities as rated by their owners. Much of what we know about cat behavior has been based on studies that were in shelters and with feral-cat colonies, but this study looked at pet cats living in homes as members of the family.

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Current Issue

Phosphate Binders and Kidney Disease

Since about 30 percent of elderly cats will develop some degree of kidney disease, it’s important to look at therapies that help cats stay healthy for longer periods of time, and a recent study focused on phosphate binders may be helpful in this regard.

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How Old Is a Cat in Human Years?

By and large, says the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), cats are geriatric at age 7. Although there’s no simple way to compare a pet’s aging to human aging, the AVMA did come up with a guide.

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Heart Disease in Your Cat

The first indication of a heart problem in a kitten or cat might be a murmur picked up by your veterinarian on a routine physical examination. “Luckily, not all heart murmurs mean heart disease in cats,” says Dr. Bruce Kornreich DVM PhD, board-certified veterinary cardiologist and Associate Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center. Many ostensibly healthy cats have murmurs, but depending upon the situation, follow-up diagnostics may be warranted when a murmur is detected in a cat.

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Alzheimer’s Disease in Cats

A study from the University of Journal of Feline Medicine, showed that a key protein can build in nerve cells of a cat’s brain and cause mental deterioration. It’s actually a form of Alzheimer’s disease, say the researchers, and it’s the same protein that causes tangles in nerve cells in human Alzheimer’s patients.

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Watery Eyes Can Signal Trouble

Tears on your cat’s face can be concerning. Cats do not have “emotional” tears like people do, and some causes reflect serious situations; others are minor.

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Time Takes its Toll on Tangles

While longhaired cats require the most upkeep, mats and tangles can be an issue for all cats. Older cats that are developing osteoarthritis start to have trouble bending to groom their entire bodies, with the hind end being a popular spot for mats and dandruff.

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Urine Sample? No Problem

Your veterinarian might want to examine your cat’s urine for a variety of reasons, such as to evaluate kidney function or monitor diabetes. But how to get that urine? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

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