June 2019

The Debate Continues

A University of Guelph online survey of 3,673 pet owners found that 35 percent of the responders whose pets ate conventional diets were interested in switching to a vegan diet.

Keep Those Pawprints Perfect

A cat uses her paws to scratch to relieve stress, express contentment, mark territory, avoid danger, and fight (if necessary). Amazingly, cat paws are extremely sensitive. They can feel heat, cold, and vibration. They even help keep cats cool (a paw can sweat). And yet, despite the many things cats do with their paws, the health of these unique extremities is often ignored.

Vitamins and Minerals for Kitten Diarrhea

Subscribers Only - The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery published a study (Strong, SJ, et al 2019), shared on journals.sagepub.com, that looked at treatment options for orphaned kittens with diarrhea.

Battling Family Allergies to Cats

Subscribers Only - While cat hair takes the blame for causing cat allergies, it is the proteins in cat saliva that stimulate most human allergic reactions.

AAFP on Vaccines

Subscribers Only - The American Association of Feline Practitioners makes recommendations on vaccine choices for cats that you can use in vaccination discussions with your veterinarian.

Fungus in Brazil

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is monitoring a fungal infection (Sporothrix brasiliensis) in Brazil and nearby countries that is being spread by cats to people. The infections in cats are known as “clown nose” because of the swollen, infected nasal mucosa seen in affected cats. It’s usually fatal in cats.

Drowning in Dandruff

Subscribers Only - Visable dandruff is rarely normal. It may indicate a problem in our care or an underlying health problem.

When Heart Failure Occurs

Subscribers Only - Any cat can experience heart failure, something owners may be unaware of until it’s an emergency. The symptoms can remain “hidden” because cats are stoic and can often appear normal, even when they are very ill.

Deciphering Drool

Subscribers Only - When you think drool, you think dogs, but cats drool, too. The difference is, feline drool is rarely normal. If your cat is drooling, she may be either overproducing saliva or having trouble swallowing it, and it is important to find out the cause.

Ear Scratching and Headshaking

Subscribers Only - When it comes to ears, there’s a “Big Four” of common problems, says William H. Miller Jr. VMD DACVD, Professor of Medicine, Section of Dermatology, Medical Director, Cornell University Hospital for Animals:

Bloodwork for Kidney Disease

Subscribers Only - Kidney disease can be a serious problem, especially older cats, but it can be difficult to catch. Your cat must lose up to 75 percent of her kidney function before changes become evident on standard screening bloodwork. A routine urinalysis, however, may give your veterinarian a heads up that a blood renal panel should be run to specifically evaluate kidney function

Can Heart Disease Reverse Itself?

Our cat was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 2 years of age, which was a shock to us, given the fact that he seems perfectly healthy. Our veterinarian did not prescribe medication and told us to monitor him closely.

Happening Now...

His Home Became a Cat House - The GoodNewsNetwork.org reports that a man in Santa Barbara, Calif., turned his home into the House of Nekko (translation from Japanese: House of Cats).

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