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Cat Care Center - Health

Give Your Kitten a Shot at Good Health

Filed Under Care, Kitten

By Samantha Drake Timely vaccinations are an important part of ensuring the health of your kitten. Kitten owners should bring their new pet to the veterinarian for its first round of shots, which will be followed by another set of vaccinations...


Why Do Puppies and Kittens Need So Many Boosters?

Filed Under FullyVetted, Kitten, Puppy

In response to a recent post on whether or not it is safe for puppies who are just starting their vaccination series to attend socialization classes, TheOldBroad commented: I was under the impression that multiple vaccines were given...


Seven Most Common Illnesses in Senior Cats

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Senior Cat

Chronic renal (kidney) disease. Disease affecting the kidneys is a common affliction in older cats. Essentially, the kidneys act as a filter system, removing many of the waste products produced by your cat’s body. Once filtered...


Feline Hyperthyroidism

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Senior Cat

This excess thyroid hormone has a number of effects on your cat’s body. Symptoms commonly seen in cats with hyperthyroidism include: An increased appetite (sometimes described as a voracious appetite) Weight loss (often...


5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Cat Healthy

Filed Under Care, Senior Cat

Healthcare Tips for Senior Cats By Lorie Huston, DVM A senior cat has different health requirements than a younger cat. Here are a few tips to help you keep your senior cat healthy. 1. Don't Forget the Health Check-ups...


Older Cats and Protein – A Delicate Balance

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats, Senior Cat

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is extremely common in older cats and can only be diagnosed via traditional means when the condition is quite advanced (when two-thirds to three-quarters of a cat’s kidney function is already lost). Since...


Living with an Arthritic Senior Cat

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Senior Cat, Senior Dog

Unfortunately, recognizing arthritis in cats is challenging at best. Many of our cats hide their pain very effectively. While we may sometimes see our older cat limping or favoring one leg or another, more often than not our arthritic cats...


Vaccinating Your Kitten

Filed Under Health, Kitten

[video] What is the Kitten Vaccination Schedule? All kittens need vaccinations to help keep them healthy. Vaccinations, by definition, protect your kitten from contracting specific diseases. Cat vaccinations are divided into two types: Core...


Hairballs and Cats

Filed Under Grooming, Adult Cat

By Lorie Huston, DVM If you have a cat, you’ve probably dealt with hairballs at one time or another. Most frequently, a cat owner becomes aware of an issue when the cat vomits a long tubular mass of hair — a hairball. What...


Top Ten Signs of Heart Disease in Cats

Filed Under General Health, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Cats tend to mask heart disease signs better than dogs, going longer without detection. As a cat owner, you should be aware of the following heart disease signs.


Seizures and Convulsions in Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Adult Cat

It can be very upsetting to see your cat have a seizure. Fortunately a single seizure is usually of short duration, and your cat is unconscious while convulsing. Seizures happen when abnormal electrochemical activity occurs in the brain....


Vomiting in Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Adult Cat

Emesis in Cats Cats vomit. It’s just a fact of life. The question is, is it for a benign reason like a hairball, or a more serious problem like liver disease? The answer is determined by observation and testing. What to Watch...


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...


Senior Cats: A Few Things To Keep In Mind

Filed Under Care, Senior Cat

Taking Care of Your Furry Senior Kitizens While cats aren’t going to need Botox or face-lifts as they grow older, they will need you to keep caring for them the way you have been -- with love and devotion. Caring for a senior...


Hyperthyroidism - Excess Thyroid Hormone in Cats

Filed Under Endocrine, Senior Cat

Hyperthyroidism in Cats Hyperthyroidism is a disease caused by overproduction of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone that increases metabolism in the body. The thyroid gland normally produces thyroid hormones in response to stimulation by the...


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...


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...


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...


Four Common Home Remedies for Your Cat

Filed Under Wellness, Adult Cat

More people are turning to natural remedies for both themselves and their pets. While nothing can replace the expertise of your local vet, there are many natural remedies to combat common cat ailments. Below you will find several...


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...


Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Filed Under Digestive, Adult Cat

Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Cats Gastrointestinal obstruction refers to blockage that may occur in the stomach or intestines. It is a fairly common condition to which cats are susceptible. Younger cats are generally at a higher risk...


Mange in Cats

Filed Under Skin, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Demodicosis, or Mange in Cats Demodicosis, or demodectic mange, is an inflammatory skin disease in cats that is caused by various types of Demodex mites not visible to the naked eye. Demodex mites are commonly found on the skin of mammals,...


Protrusion of the Rectum and Anus in Cats

Filed Under Digestive, Adult Cat

Rectal and Anal Prolapse in Cats Anal or rectal prolapse is a condition in which one or more layers of the cat's rectum are displaced through the anus, the opening which allows digestive waste to leave the body. It can be caused by...


Rabies in Cats

Filed Under Neurological, Adult Cat

[video] 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...


Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

Filed Under Skin, Adult Cat

Cheyletiellosis in Cats An infestation of the Cheyletiella mite is medically referred to as cheyletiellosis. The Cheyletiella mite is a highly contagious, zoonotic skin parasite that feeds on the the keratin layer of the skin —...


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

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