Think heartworm disease only occurs in dogs? Think again. Recent studies have shown that heartworms in cats exceed the rate of feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) infection and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in some areas of the United States. However no recent studies in Australian cats have been conducted. The infection rate is directly related to the number of … [Read more...] about Heartworms in Cats – Is Your Cat at Risk?
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common problem in older cats and by the time it is detected, it is often quite advanced. CKD in cats is irreversible, so once diagnosed our aim is to slow down progression of the disease and reduce the symptoms to ensure a comfortable life for as long as possible. So why can’t we pick it up earlier and what can we do about … [Read more...] about Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats – What You Can Do
Hyperthyroidism in cats is a common metabolic problem in senior cats, and it is often hard to make a decision as to how to treat this condition given the age of cats at diagnosis. We review the three most common treatment options, medication, surgery and radioactive iodine therapy for cats. Managing hyperthyroidism correctly can make a world of difference to your senior cat’s … [Read more...] about Hyperthyroidism in Cats – Symptoms and Treatment
Just like humans, as cats get older they can suffer from degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. Arthritis in cats is surprisingly common. In one research study, osteoarthritis was shown to affect 90% of cats over 12 years of age and in another study 61% of cats over six years old. Feline osteoarthritis causes reduced mobility and flexibility of joints, joint swelling, … [Read more...] about Osteoarthritis in Cats – Signs and Treatment for Stiff Joints
Arguably the most important vet visit for your pet will be for spaying (females) or neutering (males), often referred to as desexing in Australia. The technique for desexing your cat can vary between different vets and clinics, so I will talk to you about my thoughts and experiences because that’s what I know. However I strongly recommend that you openly discuss any questions … [Read more...] about World Spay Day – Desexing Your Cat
If you're a cat owner considering motherhood or in the early stages of pregnancy, you may be concerned about toxoplasmosis and pregnancy risks, including whether it's safe to be changing cat litter when pregnant. You may have been told that your cat can carry the potentially deadly parasite toxoplasmosis and pose a risk to your unborn baby. But were you also told that you are … [Read more...] about Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy: What About My Cat?