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Cat Care Center - Health

How to Treat Cat Scratches at Home

Filed Under General Health

By David F. Kramer Getting scratched by a cat can be more than just painful—the wounds can bleed, sting, swell, become infected, and, in some cases, make us sick. Minor cat scratches usually can be treated at home, but certain...


Causes of Diabetes in Cats

Filed Under Slideshows

Diabetes in cats is a growing problem. Find out the causes of diabetes and what pet parents can do to prevent and treat the condition in cats.


Cat Panting: Why It Happens and What to Do About It

Filed Under General Health

[video] By Elizabeth Xu Even if you’re a cat person, you probably know that canines tend to pant after exercise or when they’re just too warm. This isn’t a trait normally shared by felines. If you notice...


8 Common Ear Problems in Cats

Filed Under Slideshows

There are a few “tricks of the trade” that will help you differentiate between the most common ear problems in cats and give you the information you need to get your cat on the road to recovery.


The Difference Between FeLV and FIV

Filed Under Conditions

by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM Of all infectious diseases in cats, few are as feared as FeLV and FIV—and with good reason. Between 2-4% of feline population in the U.S. harbors one or both of these potentially fatal viruses. Many...


8 Signs of Pain in Cats

Filed Under General Health, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

[video] By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM Pain it isn’t always obvious to others when you’re experiencing it. Unless it’s a broken leg twisted at a 90-degree angle or a big bruise on your arm, pain is a condition with...


Signs of Pyometra in Cats

Filed Under Reproductive, Adult Cat

By Jennifer Coates, DVM How do you know if your cat has pyometra? Sometimes the symptoms are straightforward, but at other times the disease can be tricky to diagnose. Knowing the signs of pyometra can, quite literally, save your cat’s...


5 Rare Cat Diseases

Filed Under General Health, Adult Cat

When veterinarians are faced with a sick cat, the first thing they do is put together a list of various diseases that might be responsible, with common ones at the top and rare ones at the bottom. Here are some rare cat diseases that may be considered. Read more.


Tips for Preventing Cancer in Cats

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Adult Cat

Cats are susceptible to many of the same diseases that can affect humans. Cancer is no exception. Cats can and do get cancer, albeit not as commonly as dogs and people. Unfortunately, in cats, cancer tends to be more aggressive. Obviously,...


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...


Why is My Cat So Itchy?

Filed Under FullyVetted, Adult Cat

Skin diseases in cats can be frustrating for both owners and veterinarians, not to mention the cat! The signs most often noticed by owners are itching (pruritis), excessive grooming, hair loss, and scabs. There are many causes for skin problems...


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

Feline hyperthyroidism is a commonly diagnosed disease, particularly in our senior cats. The disease results in excess levels of thyroid hormone being produced in the thyroid gland and circulated through the affected cat’s blood stream. This...


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

Cats are true carnivores, and as such, they have relatively higher requirements for protein in their diets than do dogs. This is true during all of a cat’s life stages, but when they hit their senior years, the situation gets a little...


Runny Nose in Cats

Filed Under Respiratory

Nasal Discharge in Cats The throat is the end of the two major air passages that begin at the nostrils. Very fine scrolls of bone called turbinates fill the nasal passages. They have a covering of pink tissue (mucosa), much like the...


Lice in Cats

Filed Under Skin, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Feline Pediculosis Lice are parasites that live on the skin. Left unchecked, they can grow to be an infestation on the cat’s body. Lice are actually very small insects that feed by chewing on the skin of the animal they are infesting,...


Living with an Arthritic Senior Cat

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Senior Cat, Senior Dog

Living with a senior cat has rewards as well as challenges that are a bit different than those encountered when living with a younger cat. Pain is, of course, something we don’t want to see in any of our pets. However, senior cats are...


Swollen Paws in Cats

Filed Under Accidents-Injuries, Adult Cat

A cat’s foot doesn’t swell up too often, so when it does, it is cause for concern. This condition is usually painful, so it will need to be checked by your veterinarian. What to Watch For Swelling usually involves...


Heart Murmurs in Cats

Filed Under Cardiovascular, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

Extra heart vibrations that are produced as a result of a disturbance in the blood flow -- enough, in fact, to produce audible noise -- are referred to as murmurs. Often, the murmurs are classified according to a variety of characteristics,...


Feline Herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1) Infection - Head Cold in Cats

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic, Kitten

Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Infection (Rhinitis) in Cats Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an upper respiratory infection of the nose and throat in cats. It is caused by, and also know as feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1). Cats of all...


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...


Lymphoma in Cats

Filed Under Cancer, Adult Cat

Cancer of the Lymphocytes in Cats Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells. A type of white blood cell, lymphocytes play an important and integral role in the body's defenses in the immune system. There...


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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The Abyssinian belongs to the ticked or agouti breed, both terms used for the cat's type of fur. Its distinctive feature is its silky, multicolored coat, which is a combination...