Ask Elizabeth: May 2017

About a year ago, he started to leave feces in non-litter box areas. While he still used the litter box, he would also leave feces right next to the box and also in an area by the front door.

Ask Elizabeth: April 2017

Weve recently acquired a new kitten and want to make sure that we do all we can to give her a long and happy life. With so much information available, I wonder if you can give me a quick rundown of the things you feel are most important to assure that our baby has the best chance to live a long and happy life.

Ask Elizabeth: March 2017

My 2-year-old cat, who we took in as a stray after gradually gaining his trust about a year ago, has been having a problem that I wonder if you can help with. He has started to pull his fur out in small cotton ball-sized clumps. I find these clumps all over the house, and its driving me crazy. He is an indoor/outdoor cat and there are no other pets or kids in the house. Can you provide some insight?

Interrupt Her Bird Watching And You May Get a Swat

I have a 6-year-old domestic shorthaired cat who is fascinated by a bird feeder that we have outside our living room window. She spends hours intently watching the birds that visit, and this is a great thing, for sure. Occasionally, though, when I approach her while she is watching the birds, she will turn around and swat at me aggressively. She never behaves aggressively in any other circumstance. Do you have any idea what is causing this behavior and how I can stop it?

Ask Elizabeth: January 2017

I understand why you may want to use these devices for cleaning the air with three kitties in the house, and you are certainly not alone in doing this. Although kitties smell great to me, households with cats can sometimes generate odors that some people find objectionable, and there are a number of ways that owners choose to deal with this. Ionic air cleaners are one of the newer technologies that have been developed to address air pollutants.

Whats the Cause of Wailing And Howling at All Hours?

Cats can be very vocal creatures, and they are very good at getting their owners attention, often at inconvenient times of the day or night. There are a number of reasons that a cat may vocalize in this manner, ranging from normal to indicating disease, and I hope that I can provide some advice regarding the next steps to take in determining what is causing her to behave in this way.

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

I am very sorry to hear about your kittys 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.

Vomiting More Than Once a Week Warrants an Exam

Vomiting can be caused by many problems, ranging from obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract by hairballs or ingested string and other objects to metabolic diseases like kidney disease and hyperthyroidism, to inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, to the ingestion of toxic substances such as plants, to cancer.

The Most Accurate, Non-Invasive Means to Measure Blood Pressure

There are number of ways to measure the blood pressure in the artery of a patient. The gold standard is the placement of a catheter directly into the artery and measuring the pressure within it, referred to as blood pressure, using a device called manometer. Although this technique is extremely accurate, it requires the placement of an arterial catheter (which generally requires sedation/anesthesia in veterinary patients) and specialized equipment, and is associated with risks such as bleeding and infection. For these reasons, this invasive method of measuring blood pressure is not usually employed in cats during a routine veterinary visit.

One Challenge in Pancreatitis: The Lack of Definitive Signs

My cat has recently been diagnosed with pancreatitis. The veterinarian explained to me that it can be difficult to diagnose, but he feels confident that this is the correct diagnosis and has started treatment. My kitty is still not eating well, and Im wondering if it is possible that something else is going on.

Will Her Kitten with Distemper Virus Improve as He Ages?

We adopted the cutest little kitten from our local shelter last month. Bob apparently was exposed to feline distemper virus and, as a result, he wobbles and shakes when he walks, and falls over when he plays. He gets the most adorable determined look on his face when he wants to do something - and although it may take him longer to accomplish a task, we cant help but admire his persistent, sunny nature. Can you tell me about this condition he has and will he show any signs of improvement as he ages?

How Could He Be So Normal One Day and So Sick the Next?

FIV is transmitted primarily by bite wounds, as it is found in high concentrations in the saliva of infected cats. For this reason, it is possible to house FIV infected cats with non- infected cats without an extremely high risk of transmission as long as the cats do not fight. FIV affects a cats ability to mount an immune response against infectious organisms, thereby making infected cats more susceptible to infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi.