Taking proper care of your cat requires general knowledge about the numerous health issues and diseases that can possibly affect cats. While we, as owners, do not have the indepth knowledge that a veterinarian has, we do want to be able have an understanding of the basics of feline health issues. The following articles are intended to help you gain that understanding.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a progressive, systemic and frequently fatal disease of domestic and exotic cats caused by coronaviral infection.FIP is characterized by an insidious onset of persistent fever that is unresponsive to antibiotic treatment, inappetance, gradual weight loss and possibly abdominal enlargement. It is most common in young cats, up to 3 years of age, of either gender and of any breed ..... Read More
Preventing Respiratory Infections in Cats: The number one way to prevent respiratory infections in cats is to properly vaccinate kittens and cats against these diseases. Keeping cats away from other cats whose vaccination history is unknown, and using quarantine measures when new cats enter a household, will also help to prevent feline respiratory illnesses.If a kitten has recently been adopted, and its vaccination history is unknown, the vaccination series for respiratory infections should begin as soon as possible. Vaccinations should ..... Read More
Allergies in cats occur when a cat has an immunologic hypersensitivity reaction to a specific environmental, contact or food allergen.The signs of allergies in cats are skin inflammation, constant itching, continual grooming, restlessness, increased number of ingested hair balls, skin pustules, hot spots and coughing, vomiting, wheezing or diarrhea. In some cases, cats develop areas of small crusty scabs and lesions. Secondary bacterial and yeast infections on the skin may cause additional skin wounds, increased ..... Read More