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Cat Care Center - Emergency

Common Emergencies for Adult Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Adult Cat

By Lorie Huston, DVM It can be quite frightening to see your cat suffering, especially if you are unsure whether the situation should be considered an emergency. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital....

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Common Emergencies for Kittens

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Kitten

By Lorie Huston, DVM It can be quite frightening to see your kitten suffering, especially if you are unsure whether the situation should be considered an emergency. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal...

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Common Emergencies for Senior Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Senior Cat

By Lorie Huston, DVM It can be quite frightening to see your cat suffering, especially if you are unsure whether the situation should be considered an emergency. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital....

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CPR and Artificial Respiration for Senior Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Senior Cat

How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Artificial Respiration Artificial respiration (AR) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are emergency procedures that hopefully you will never need to use. It is better to take your...

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CPR and Artificial Respiration for Kittens

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Kitten

How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Artificial Respiration Artificial respiration (AR) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are emergency procedures that hopefully you will never need to use. It is better to take your...

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10 Deadly Household Items for Kittens

Filed Under Emergency, Kitten

Bringing a new kitten home can be a fun and exciting time. But before the new addition is allowed to roam the house freely, be sure to check for safety hazards and remove them from the kitten’s environment or entirely. The...

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How to Pack an Emergency Kit for Cats

Filed Under FullyVetted, Kitten

The last few months have been filled with natural disasters. In my neck of the woods, we suffered through a bad summer of wildfires followed by a flood of biblical proportions. To the north, South Dakotans experienced a freakish early snowstorm...

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Common Pet Emergencies

Filed Under Emergency, Senior Cat

The following are 10 of the most common pet emergencies found in emergency veterinary hospitals around the country.

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Is Pet Insurance Really Worth It?

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Kitten

In their latest study, Consumer Reports concluded that pet owners with mostly healthy dogs or cats will not receive back in reimbursements what they pay in premiums. But, pet owners with dogs or cats that have major illnesses or chronic...

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Ear Injuries in Cats

Filed Under Accidents-Injuries

Ear Trauma in Cats Except for fight wounds, most ear injuries in cats are self-inflicted by scratching. This can leave the ear inflamed and scabbed, or the ear can become swollen from abscess (infection) or hematoma (blood pooled under...

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Choking and the Heimlich Maneuver in Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Technically, choking is when something lodges in the larynx or trachea, preventing air flow. This can be nearly anything, even a small object such as a pen cap, bell, or thimble. Fortunately, choking is a rare occurrence in cats. What...

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Rat Poison Ingestion in Cats

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Anticoagulant Toxicity in Cats Although designed to kill rats and mice, cats often find rodenticides (rat and mouse poison) tempting as well. Most (but not all) rodenticides are composed of anticoagulants, a type of drug that prevents...

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Poisonous Plants for Cats

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

[video] Plants Toxic to Cats Cats will chew on plants. And, because they love to climb and explore, it is difficult to keep plants out of their reach. Therefore, if you are going to have plants in your house, or if you let your...

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Lily Poisoning in Cats

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Lily Nephrotoxicity There are many different species of plants called “lily”: Easter lily, day lily, Asiatic lily, tiger lily, peace lily, calla lily, and lily of the valley, among others. And though they may be beautiful...

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Top 10 Cat Conditions

Filed Under Top Ten, Adult Cat

What's Ailing Your Cat? Cats may have nine lives, but you want to make sure kitty hangs on to all of them for as long as she can. No matter how much love and care you give your furry companion, things happen. But by knowing how to...

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Fatty Liver Disease in Cats

Filed Under Digestive

Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats Hepatic lipidosis, known commonly as fatty liver, is one of the most common severe feline liver diseases in cats. The liver's main functions include protein synthesis, the production of chemicals necessary...

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Vomiting with Bile in Cats

Filed Under Digestive, Adult Cat

Bilious Vomiting Syndrome in Cats Bile is a bitter, yellow-green fluid that is created in the liver and stored in the gallbladder until food has been ingested. It is then released into the small intestine to aid in digestion of food and...

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Distemper in Cats

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic, Kitten

Feline Panleukopenia Virus in Cats Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. This virus affects the rapidly dividing...

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Breathing Difficulties in Cats

Filed Under Respiratory, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Dyspnea, Tachypnea and Panting in Cats The respiratory system has many parts, including the nose, throat (pharynx and larynx), windpipe, and lungs. Air comes in through the nose and is then carried down into the lungs, through a process...

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Blood in the Urine in Cats

Filed Under Urinary, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Hematuria in Cats Blood in the urine, a condition known as hematuria, may indicate a serious underlying disease process. Familial hematuria (a condition in which blood in the urine runs in certain families of animals) is usually implicated...

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Salmonella Infection in Cats

Filed Under Digestive, Adult Cat

Salmonellosis in Cats Salmonellosis is an infection found in cats caused by the Salmonella bacteria. Along with causing gastroenteritis and septicemia in cats, salmonellosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease, meaning it can be transmitted...

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Vomiting, Chronic in Cats

Filed Under Digestive

Vomiting is characterized by the contents of the stomach being ejected. Chronic vomiting, meanwhile, is marked by the long duration or frequent recurrence of said vomiting. Diseases of the stomach and upper intestinal tract are the primary...

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Rabies in Cats

Filed Under Neurological, Adult Cat

Rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the cat's brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from...

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Fluid in Abdomen in Cats

Filed Under Cardiovascular

Ascites in Cats Ascites, also known as abdominal effusion, is the medical term referring to the buildup of fluid in the abdomen. This may cause symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and loss of appetite. A wide variety of causes...

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Inflammation of the Pancreas in Cats

Filed Under Endocrine, Senior Cat

Pancreatitis in Cats The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive system, which is integral for the digestion of foods, producing the enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the flow...

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Cat Care Questions
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Q. Why do kittens meow?

A. The truth of the matter is there isn't one clear answer. However, many experts agree...

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Q. Why do kittens purr?

A. A kitten's purr is another complex emotional signal that is designed to communicate...

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Q. Should I speak to my kitten?

A. Yes, by all means, please do. The happiest kittens are those that feel like part...

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