Think heartworm disease only occurs in dogs? Think again. Although cats are not the natural host of this parasite they can still be infected and succumb to serious disease. In fact recent studies have shown that the prevalence of feline heartworm infection exceeds the rate of feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) infection and feline immunodeficiency virus […]
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a very common problem in older cats and sadly by the time it is detected, it is often quite advanced. It is irreversible so once diagnosed, our aim is to slow down the progression of the disease and reduce the symptoms to ensure a comfortable life for as long as […]
Have enough senior cats in your family and it is highly likely you will eventually come across the disease hyperthyroidism. This is a common metabolic problem in our older feline friends and it is often hard to make a decision as to how to treat this condition given the age of our friends at diagnosis. But managing hyperthyroidism correctly can make a world of difference for your senior cat’s quality of life.
I hear many people say that their cat is “just slowing down with age” but why do cats slow down as they age? Often it may be because everything starts to hurt and stiffen up. The energy and spirit are still there, the body just isn’t quite as willing as it used to be. Rather than accepting this as our cats are getting older, we can intervene to reduce this stiffness and soreness to provide a better quality of life for our cats in their advancing years. In this article I’ll discuss the signs and treatment of osteoarthritis in cats.
In recognition of World Spay Day we discuss the desexing technique for cats and what you, as a pet parent, can expect – from the night before and morning of the operation, to any surgery preparations, what happens in surgery, and post-operative care and recovery.
If you are considering motherhood or in the early stages of pregnancy, you may have heard about the disease ‘toxoplasmosis’. You may also have been told that your cat can carry this potentially deadly parasite and pose a risk to your unborn baby. But were you also told that you are more likely to get infected by handling raw meat? Well we’re here to set the record straight and give you the facts about toxoplasmosis, your cat and pregnancy.