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FELINE CYSTITIS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is cystitis? The term ‘cystitis’ literally means inflammation of the urinary bladder. Although this term is rather general, there is a common form of cystitis that occurs in male and female cats. This disease is also known as Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). It…

CORNEAL ULCERS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
The cornea is the clear, shiny membrane which makes up the surface of the eyeball. It is much like a clear window. To understand a corneal ulcer, you must first understand how the cornea is constructed. The cornea is comprised of three layers. The most superficial layer is the epithelium. Actually, this layer is compr…

FELINE COCCIDIOSIS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is coccidiosis? Coccidiosis is an infection with a one-celled organism; these organisms are classified as protozoa and are called coccidia. Coccidia are not worms; they are microscopic parasites which live within cells of the intestinal lining. Because they live in the intestinal tract and commonly cause d…

FELINE CARDIOMYOPATHY

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is cardiomyopathy? Literally, the term ‘cardiomyopathy’ means disease of the heart muscle. More specifically, cardiomyopathy (CM) is a disease of the heart muscle in which either the heart walls thicken greatly (hypertrophic and restrictive forms) or stretch greatly (dilated form). In either form, t…

BUSPIRONE USE IN CATS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Buspirone (trade name Buspar) is an antidepressant drug prescribed by physicians; it is a human drug, not a veterinary. It has been shown to be effective in a significant number of cats with elimination behavior problems and other abnormalities related to behavior. What is the success rate? Its success rate is not 1…

BLADDER STONES IN CATS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Bladder stones, more correctly called uroliths, are rock-like collections of minerals that form in the urinary bladder. They may occur as a large, single stone or as dozens of stones the size of large grains of sand or pea gravel. Are there other types of stones? Gall stones are in the gall bladder, and kidney stones ar…

ASTHMA AND BRONCHITIS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Obstructive and allergic lung diseases affect many cats and are sometimes called asthma, bronchitis, or bronchial asthma. Unfortunately, these diseases are not easily classified and probably represent a variety of lung disorders. They do share a common finding of hyper-responsive (over-reactive) airways. W…

ANEMIA IN THE CAT

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What does it mean to be anemic? Anemia is a reduced number of red blood cells or hemoglobin or both. It is not a specific disease but the result of some disease process. How is anemia diagnosed? The most easily observed sign of anemia is a loss of the normal pink color of the gingiva (gums). Anemic cats also have little stam…

AIRLINE TRAVEL WITH YOUR CAT

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Cats experience airline flights every day. Although some unfortunate events occasionally occur, these can be avoided if some simple steps are taken. It is impossible to overemphasize the need to consult with the airline well in advance of your trip. This is essential if you hope to avoid last minute problems. Here a…

FELINE ALLERGY

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What are allergies and how do they affect cats? One of the most common conditions affecting cats is allergy. In the allergic state, the cat’s immune system ‘overreacts’ to foreign substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. Those overreactions are manifested in three ways. The most common is i…