March 2018

Kidney Disease Early

All too often, a sick older cat is brought to the veterinarian only to be diagnosed with late-stage kidney failure. Chronic kidney failure is one of the most prevalent illnesses in geriatric cats, but early detection and treatment greatly improves the prognosis for these cats. Unfortunately, cats tend to stay quiet when they’re ill and not all owners are aware of the initial subtle symptoms. Kidney disease can develop for months or years before it is detected.

When Ear Mites Strike

Subscribers Only - “Ear mites are a common presenting complaint in small-animal practice,” says Dr. William Miller, VMD, DACVD, Dermatology Chief at Cornell University. “The disorder can affect both dogs and cats but is far more common in cats.”

Neurologic Symptoms Need Immediate Veterinary Care

Subscribers Only - When your cat develops a problem that might be neurologic, get her right to your veterinarian. There’s no time to waste.

Avoid Common OTC Medicines

Subscribers Only - It can be tempting when your cat seems to feel just a “bit off”—maybe sniffling or a little sore—to use an over-the-counter (OTC) medication to give her some relief. Is this OK? The response of veterinary experts is a resounding “NO!”

Five Reasons Cats Are Natural Carnivores

These points come to us from the Baker Institute of Health at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Cats Mourn Losses Just as We Do

Subscribers Only - Like us, cats can mourn the loss of a loved one, such as a feline friend or their owner. They also experience stress over major life changes, like the loss of their home and moving to a new one. Each cat handles big changes in a different way, and while some cats will seem to go about their lives with no issue, others can exhibit dramatic behavior changes.

Treatment Option for Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas

A new treatment called “microbrachytherapy,” which is used to treat inoperable feline oral squamous cell carcinomas, may be gaining momentum, according to a recent study published in Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.

Mouse Patrol

The Telegraph, a United Kingdom publication, reports that Great Britain’s cats are great for public relations and diplomacy and keeping keeping the mouse problem down in public buildings. “We have wooed many world leaders with the Foreign Office’s (cat) Palmerston,” says the report, “and he and the four other government cats, including Number 10’s Larry, keep Downing Street’s mouse problem down. Now, other countries are getting in on the cat action, with the French government announcing it has brought in two cats to sort out their rat problem.”

Catnip Wins Again

A study published in BMC Veterinary Research confirms catnip works. Olfactory enrichment, i.e. great smells, can cause a “euphoric” reaction in most domestic cats, says the study, which compared catnip to other plants.

Vitamin B12 for Cats With Intestinal Disease

A study published in the November 2017 Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine looked at cats admitted to a teaching hospital with gastrointestinal signs and low blood cobalamin (vitamin B12) levels. Twenty cats completed the study.

My Ragdoll Snacks on Paper

My 10-year-old Ragdoll loves paper, especially newspaper and cheap paperbacks. She’s been eating paper since I brought her home at 4 months of age from the breeder.

Happening Now: New in Kitty Litter

Move over, clay. You’re boring. PetAge, a pet-industry business journal, reports that kitty litter options are changing rapidly in 2018. From litters that claim to stop ammonia buildup to diagnostic litters that monitor cat health to neon-colored litter to gel-based litter to reduce tracking, we can choose almost any attribute, assuming we’re willing to pay more for, well, litter.