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Cat Care Center - Health

Cat Hairball Problems? Learn Why They Happen and How to Help

Filed Under Care, Kitten, Adult Cat, Senior Cat

By Jennifer Coates, DVM Hairballs are the bane of cat ownership. These clumps of hair bond together in the stomach and then are vomited up in our shoes, carpets and floors. But are cat hairballs normal, and is there any way to prevent...


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...


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...


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...


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...


How Different Animals Experience the World

Filed Under FullyVetted, Adult Cat

I’ve always been fascinated by the ways in which different species of animals experience the world. I would love to be able to “borrow” my dog’s sense of smell for a while, feel with my cat’s whiskers, or echolocate...


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

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...


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...


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...


Flea Control Product Poisoning

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

Pyrethrin Toxicity Flea and tick control products for cats come in a variety of forms: collars, powders, dips, sprays, and spot-on products, to name a few. Although there are several different types of active ingredients used for flea...


Seizures and Convulsions in Cats

Filed Under Common-Emergencies, Adult Cat

[video] 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...


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...


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,...


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

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...


High Blood Sugar in Cats

Filed Under Endocrine

Hyperglycemia in Cats The term hyperglycemia refers to higher than normal levels of glucose in the blood. A simple carbohydrate sugar that circulates in the blood, glucose is a major source of energy for the body, of which normal levels...


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...


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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...