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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...

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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...

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The 5 Most Common Kitten Illnesses

Filed Under TheDailyVet, Kitten

Ideally when you adopt a new kitten, the kitten will be healthy and without any medical issues. However, that’s not always the case. There are a few problems that seem to occur with relative frequency in young kittens. These are the conditions...

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Why is My Cat So Itchy?

Filed Under FullyVetted

The most commonly diagnosed include: Flea-bite hypersensitivity Other skin parasites (e.g., mites) Food allergies Environmental allergies The easiest problem to diagnose is flea-bite hypersensitivity, even though finding...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Lice in Cats

Filed Under Skin

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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Top Ten Fat Cats

Filed Under Nutrition

What is true for humans is often true for animals. Here is a list of cats that are most likely to be, let’s say, chubby.

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Swollen Paws in Cats

Filed Under Accidents-Injuries

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...

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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....

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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...

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Heart Murmurs in Cats

Filed Under Cardiovascular

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,...

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

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic

Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Infection (Coryza) 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 ages...

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Noisy Breathing in Cats

Filed Under Respiratory

Stertor and Stridor in Cats Stertor is noisy breathing that occurs during inhalation. It is a low-pitched, snoring type of sound that usually arises from the vibration of fluid, or the vibration of tissue that is relaxed or flabby. It...

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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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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...

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Lymphoma in Cats

Filed Under Cancer

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...

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Toxoplasmosis in Cats

Filed Under Infectious-Parasitic

Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Cats Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite. It is one of the most common parasitic diseases and is known to affect nearly all warm-blooded animals and humans,...

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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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