Serious, and even potentially fatal diseases can cause blood in the stool. Inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal parasites are fairly common causes of intestinal bleeding. It can also be associated with blood clotting problems due to mouse poison, other toxicities and immune mediated diseases. Colon cancer can cause blood in the stool or around the anal area. Foreign objects such as strings or bones eaten by the cat can also cause rectal bleeding. Anal gland infections can cause blood on the stool and painful defecation, and constipation can cause rectal tears and bleeding to occur as well.Read More
Cats in multi-cat households have a lot of social dynamics going on. Since cats evolved primarily as solitary predators, being housed in close quarters can cause stress and negative interactions. Even related cats do not always get along well all the time.Read More
Multiple things can cause increased salivation, or drooling. Drooling can be normal or a sign of significant problem.Some cats drool when they are very relaxed and purring. They may even knead their front paws back and forth like kittens do when nursing on their mother.Sometimes anxious or fearful cats will drool. We sometimes see this during examination of otherwise healthy cats. Cats that are nauseated may drool. Motion sickness can cause nausea and drooling during car rides.Cats can become nauseated from illness as well. Pancreatitis, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal infections and gastrointestinal foreign objects can all cause nausea and drooling.Read More
Ticks are becoming a more significant problem for people and pets. Changes in weather patterns have allowed some species of ticks that usually have only been a problem in the southern United States to migrate north.Ticks can carry multiple infections, some of which are a problem for people and dogs only and some of which infect cats as well. Many people have heard of Lyme disease, which is a common tick borne disease of dogs and humans. Although cats do not usually get Lyme disease, they do get infected with Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Rickettsia (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and Cytauxzoonosis.Read More
Cats can have complex social interactions. The most common close long- term social bonds between cats are those formed between littermates or between queens and their offspring. That having been said, many unrelated cats who “grew up” in households with older cats may form a close bond with these older cats, especially if significant nurturing, grooming and playing occurred. When the older cat passes away, these housemate cats may indeed miss the other cat and their interactions. Some cats may search or call for the other cat for several days, and may not eat as well or play as much as usual. Usually, these cats will settle down into a normal routine in less than a week.Read More
Research shows that when we pet our cats we reduce our blood pressure. What other things happen then? We enjoy how our cats feel when they are petted. When they purr, they tell us that they are happy and relaxed. Their fur feels soft to the touch, and their warm little bodies relax.Read More
What does it mean when one cat stares at another cat? Staring is a form of aggression between cats. Typically, a confident cat will stare at another cat it is trying to intimidate. If the second cat is less confident, they will often move to a different location or walk around the staring cat.Read More
Almost every day I see cats come in to our practice that have matted coats. Sometimes there may just be a few mats, usually in the armpit areas or the rear end. Often there are large mats covering much of the cat’s rump, belly, or chest.Read More
I have a cat who likes to stand up while he’s urinating. This means a large portion of the urine goes over the edge of the litterbox and onto the side of the litter box, the wall, the floor. Basically, anywhere but in the litter pan.I tried several different types of litterboxes – hooded, high sided, automatic, but he managed to make a mess with all. I spent a few hundred dollars until I found the solution, Rubbermaid-type storage tubs! They cost from $10 to $15 depending on the size and if they were on sale (cheaper than large commercial litterboxes).Read More
Inhalers can be a fantastic way to treat feline asthma – as long as you can get your cat to use the inhaler. The first step, is getting your cat used to the spacer. The spacer prevents the medication from dissipating into the air before your cat can breathe it in. Plus, can you imagine your cat’s reaction if you sprayed him in the face with an inhaler? Here’s how I got my kitty used it.Read More
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As the temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that our cats cannot regulate their own temperature as easily as humans can.
Are you a gardener? Do you have houseplants? I think we tend think that the only things we need to worry about when we garden are getting our plants to grow, and getting the dirt out from under our fingernails when we are done for the day. It’s just dirt, right? Not really, and unfortunately what we don’t know can hurt us.Read More
Find out why it's so important for your cats to have break away collars by reading this article.
Have you ever visited friends and their cat ignores you, the cat lover, and instead keeps going over to someone who is afraid of cats or may not like them much? Nothing like feeling rejected, right? Why does this happen?Read More
Obesity can lead to many health problems, including arthritis and diabetes. Everybody knows it’s important to get these cats to lose weight to increase their chances of a long, happy and healthy life.
Cats can become dangerously overheated and can die when they are exposed to hot temperatures without shelter, or when they are left in cars even in nice weather. NEVER leave your cat in the car even for a short time. Cracking the windows is not enough to keep them from overheating.Read More
Spring is now in full bloom! Enjoy the season and keep your pet safe with these tips!Read More
Read about general feline health information here.Read More