February 2018

Kitten Kindergarten

It makes us purr when we hear of an effort to help cats remain in their homes. A veterinarian in Australia is using education to help prevent relinquishment of cats by educating new owners about cat behavior.

Is Your Cat Hurting?

Cats are stoic creatures, and they try not to let on when they are in pain. While crying out is an obvious sign of pain, it’s important to know the quieter symptoms that your cat may not be feeling well.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence

Subscribers Only - A truly incontinent cat isn’t able to control when and where he leaks, says Leni K. Kaplan, DVM, MS, a lecturer in the Community Practice Service at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The best way to tell is to observe your cat. If he is posturing to urinate intentionally, then he is not incontinent.”

Hope for FIP

Subscribers Only - Two antiviral drugs have led to remission in cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), says Dr. Niels C. Pedersen, professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and long-time FIP researcher, speaking at the 2017 American Association of Feline Practitioners convention.

Does Your Cat Have Parasites?

Subscribers Only - Parasites are never fun, and certainly less so when they affect your own cat or kitten. Parasites can rob your cat of good health, making her more susceptible to infections and diseases. In addition, many parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can cause problems in people as well. A diagnosis and recommendations for treatment from your veterinarian are the best way to manage parasites once they have taken hold, but it can also be wise to treat your cat with prophylactic medications to prevent parasitic infections.

Emergency Cat Restraint

Subscribers Only - Safety is the first priority in an emergency situation—and that goes for both you and your cat. If your cat is sick or hurt, or if a natural disaster has occurred, you need to be able to move her without being bitten or scratched. These tips also work if you need to handle a cat that you don’t know, although extreme care should be exercised when considering handling a cat with an unknown vaccine history.

When a Nasopharyngeal Polyp Makes an Appearance

Subscribers Only - Your kitten is now a young cat of eight to 12 months of age and the days of fighting kitten upper-respiratory infections are over. No more sneezing, no more runny eyes, you think. You thought you were out of the woods, but then one morning you notice your young adult cat has some trouble swallowing, maybe gagging, and a slight voice change along with some labored breathing at moments.

Pet-Food Environmental Impact

Subscribers Only - With the American trend to consume less meat—which helps reduce the environmental effect of meat production—UCLA professor Gregory Okin began to wonder what the impact of our pets was. It turns out that U.S. cats and dogs cause 25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the United States.

Study to Develop Blood Biomarkers of Feline Cancer

Subscribers Only - Cancer is a leading cause of death in cats, with tumors in the mammary gland, mouth, and skin being the most common. Currently, we rely on surgical removal of the tumor or a biopsy for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. Since this procedure often requires anesthesia, we would like to find a way to use a simple blood sample to provide these answers.

Help! My Cat Appears to Faint

My one-year-old domestic shorthair spayed female cat seems perfectly normal and then, without warning, she’s passed out on the floor. She’s not out for long, but I don’t think this is normal. What would cause such a thing?

5 Things to Know About Cat Fights

Never reach in to try to separate the angry cats. Chances are you’ll get scratched or bitten, and the cats will just keep on fighting.

Happening Now: New Jersey bill to hold Shelters Accountable

Alley Cat Allies reports that The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee is considering a bill that would save the lives of shelter animals and community cats around the state.