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Feline - General Veterinary Health Information

Information about feline health -- nutrition, diseases and conditions, reproduction, parasites and more. Learn how to keep your cat healthy and happy and how to prepare for veterinary emergencies. Please see All Disease & Parasite FAQs for additional articles on a variety of topics.
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Cats and Car Trips
Traveling with a cat isn't impossible, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Here are some tips for a smooth trip.

As Your Cat Ages
How old is "old" for a cat? What should cat owners be watching out for as their cat starts to slow down with age? Learn to distinguish what is "normal" as a cat ages. This helps prepare you to notice changes - medical and behavioral - that need a veterinarian's attention. As always, if your cat is in pain, ill or just not acting as usual, please...

Glossary Term: Bezoar
A bezoar is a mass found in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly the stomach. The mass may consist of hair, plant materials, even drugs and may become so large they may be life-threatening. Learn what causes bezoars, and the common types of bezoars found in dogs and cats.

Quiz: Top 5 Human Drugs - Toxic to Pets Or Not?
Many of the calls received at Pet Poison Helpline are about pets who have consumed human medications. Sometimes the pets consume the medications on their own, and sometimes owners unknowingly give their pets human medications that are toxic to dogs and cats. According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report, released in April...

Kit4Cat - Hydrophobic Litter Box Sand for Urine Collection and Analysis
Kit4Cat is a new way to easily and collect cat urine for analysis. Unlike other non-absorbent materials, sand is a natural litter box material, cats use this readily. Urine is easily suctioned up with the enclosed pipette. This method of urine collection is less invasive than a cystocentesis (collecting urine via a needle into the bladder), and...

New Year's Resolutions for Pets - What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for...
I am not a big fan of making resolutions for my pets or myself. It seems to be a set up for disappointment. That said, I am a fan of being aware of positive changes and the power of telling someone else or writing it down. Small steps are best, and 100% compliance isn't necessary for success, but this leads to more steps and more positive...

Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
About Upper Respiratory Infections in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Senior Cat Health
Some changes are to be expected with old age, some are not. Learn to watch for, and differentiate between, normal and possible medical problems for your senior cat. As always, if your cat is in pain, lethargic or simply not "normal," please consult your vet. This is especially important for senior pets - they may hide illness better and they do...

Declawing Cats - Tell Us What You Think About Declawing Cats
The issue of declawing is a hot topic for cat lovers and veterinary personnel. It is a surgery that is banned in some countries. I am always a little surprised that many people have no idea what is involved with a declawing surgery. Do you think cats should be declawed? Have you had a cat that destructively clawed furniture? How did you deal with the situation? Are there cases where declawing sho…

The Franny Syufy household of cats starts a weight management program
Cats Guide Franny Syufy Joins Oliver and starts her cats on a a weight management program. This is a joint project to inform and encourage other pet lovers, especially cat owners, on how to keep their pets fit and trim.

Quick Tip - Shopping For Cat Litter
This tip is a simple but important one. If your cat "accepts" the litter substrate that you are currently using, it is wise to continue using that type/brand every time to avoid potential litter box avoidance problems.

Book review
Excellent comprehensive book on everything "cats"; useful for everyone from first time cat owners and to experienced feline afficionados. This book details the history and interesting facts about cats. The health care and behavior information is presented in an easy-to-understand format, making this a valuable resource for anyone interested in cats.

A to Z - Diseases and Conditions
Health information from A-Z. Also included, links to information about declawing.

The Viewer Viewpoint - Sacrifice For Love
Viewer Julie Nemitz writes: "I recently wrote in and asked about Hemobartonella and AIHA being the same thing. Having read this week's submissions about the rising care of vet costs, I would like to tell that story a little more fully."

VPL Introduces Duralactin® Feline Liquid For Long Term Management of ...
This press release from Veterinary Products Laboratories (VPL) announces a new, non-steroidal supplement for cats that may aid in a variety of feline inflammatory conditions, without the undesirable side effects of cortisones. As with any treatment, please consult with your veterinarian to discuss what is most appropriate for your pet's care.

Cat Diseases and Conditions: Feline Health Overview - Site Map
Directory for the main feline health categories and related topics at Veterinary Medicine at About.com.

Links to information on mites, fleas, worms, and more.

What Is Fatty Liver (Hepatic Lipidosis)?
Hepatic Lipidosis is the medical term for Fatty Liver, seen most often in cats. Learn how this condition can occur and what cats are most at risk in this FAQ.

Catnip and Catnip Toys for Cats
Catnip is a favorite for many cats, both the fresh plant and the dried variety; regular and organic. Catnip can be sprinkled on the floor for cats to enjoy, and it is a common "filler" for cat toys and scratching posts. What's your cat's favorite? Please share your reviews of types of catnip, catnip-filled toys and scratching posts here.See submissions

Is Your Cat Crazy For Catnip?
Catnip is a cat-friendly plant that causes a variety of behaviors in cats. Some cats get "wild" some seem drowsy, and some cats don't react at all. Catnip is a popular filler for cat toys and scratching posts and may be great for enticing some playful activity out of cats who may be more inclined to nap all day. What about your cat? Please share your stories and photos of kitties and catnip here.See submissions

My cat urinated on the bathroom rug. How can I stop this behavior?
Urinating in odd places (out of litter box) could be a medical problem (infection, crystal formation), a behavioral problem, or a combination of both. The goal of this FAQ is to help identify and differentiate feline urinary medical and behavioral issues.

Can You Spay A Dog or Cat In Heat (Estrus)?
A viewer asked: "Can a female dog in heat be spayed?" Technically the answer is yes, but your results may vary, as many vets prefer to wait until the heat cycle is over. Read this FAQ to learn why and know why the costs are usually a little higher when spaying a dog in heat.

Hyperthyroidism in Cats
The thyroid is responsible for metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower neck, begins producing too much thyroid hormone. In cats, this is most often due to a tumor. Hyperthyroidism is common in middle-aged and senior cats. The signs of hyperthyroidism may be confused with other diseases....

Hyperthyroidism in Cats - Tell us about your hyperthyroid cat
Hyperthyroidism is a common disease of middle-aged and senior cats. The most striking sign is weight loss despite increased (sometimes ravenous) appetite. Once a cat is diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, there are three treatment options. The "best" option depends on overall health and what is affordable for the client. Please share your cat's...

How Do I Know If My Cat Is Sick?
Is your cat sick? Here are some cat health check lists for those times when you aren't sure if your cat is sick or if you can wait and see if the problem will go away.

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