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Acne in CatsRead more

Acne in Cats

Cat acne is found almost exclusively on the chin and lower lip of your cat, where the hair follicles become plugged with a greasy material called sebum. Some cats may only have a single episode of acne while others have a life-long, recurring problem. The frequency and seriousness of each acne flare-up, however, can vary with each animal. A secondary bacterial infection is usually present with acne in cats as well. Unfortunately, the cause of acne in cats is unknown and age, gender and breed are not determining factors for the condition.  Symptoms and Types of Acne in Cats Symptoms of the condition can include blackheads or whiteheads, mild red pimples, watery crusts that can develop on the chin and (less commonly) lips, and swelling of the chin. In more severe cases of the condition, your cat may develop nodules, bleeding crusts, pustules, hair loss, a severe redness of the skin and be in pain (which can indicate boils).

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Dark Spots on the Eye in CatsRead more

Dark Spots on the Eye in Cats

Corneal sequestrum occurs when the cat has dead corneal tissue (or dark spots in the cornea). It usually is caused by chronic corneal ulceration, trauma, or corneal exposure. Corneal sequestrum can affect all breeds, but is more prone in Persian and Himalayan breeds. In cats, it usually begins during their middle-aged years. Symptoms and Types The dark spots in your cat's cornea may remain unchanged for long periods of time, and then suddenly get worse. Listed below are some other symptoms your cat may experience: Discoloration of the affected corneal area (in one or both eyes), ranging from a translucent golden-brown color (early stages) to an opaque black Chronic non-healing corneal ulcer Abnormal corneal cell formation, which may cause the area to swell and protrude Episodes of feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) Dry eyes Eyelid twitches and/or ocular discharge; clear to brownish-black mucus or puss Blood in the outer surface of the eye and swelling Constriction of the pupil

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Your cat and arthritisRead more

Your cat and arthritis

If you have an older, overweight, or large-breed kitty, please read on. In fact, if you have a cat of any age, weight, and size, you should take the time to become familiarized with a topic that's too often ignored in cats: osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (aka “arthritis”) may be slowing your cat down or worse. In some cases, it may even be the one thing that leads your kitty down a row of collapsing healthcare dominoes, speeding her demise faster than almost any other process she may be suffering.

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Your catäs personal health managerRead more

Your catäs personal health manager

Bistro Smart Cat Feeder is a feeder that can help control your cat’s weight. Mu-Chi Sung, a developer based in Taiwan, has designed an automated cat feeder that can recognise you cats’ faces and determine how much food to dispense to each, depending on their weight. Inspired by his own cat Momo, Mu-Chi Sung aims to help other cats keep healthy and happy.

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Why is it difficult for your cat to swallow?Read more

Why is it difficult for your cat to swallow?

There are a number of conditions that can cause a cat to have difficulty with swallowing. Dysphagia, the medical term given to this disorder, can occur anatomically as oral dysphagia (in the mouth), pharyngeal dysphagia (in the pharynxitself), or cricopharyngeal dysphagia (at the far end of the pharynx entering the esophagus). Symptoms and Types Oral dysphagia can be caused by dental disease, tongue paralysis, paralysis of the jaw, swelling or wasting away of the chewing muscles, or by an inability to open the mouth. Cats with oral dysphagia often eat in an altered way, such as tilting the head to one side or throwing the head backward while eating. Food packed in the cheek folds of the mouth without saliva are also typical signs of oral dysphagia.

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Ask a Vet: What Can Cause Severe Anemia in Cats?Read more

Ask a Vet: What Can Cause Severe Anemia in Cats?

I recently treated an extremely unfortunate cat. He was a four-year-old neutered male Domestic Shorthair who lived indoors. The owners rushed him to my office after he collapsed at home. They believed he had been fine up until that day, although they had noted that he seemed dirtier than usual for several weeks leading up to the crisis. He did not receive a flea preventative because the owners believed (mistakenly) that indoor cats cannot become infested with fleas. The poor cat was in very bad shape. He was breathing with increased effort. He was laterally recumbent — meaning he lay on his side, unable to rise from that position. Lateral recumbency is a sign of profound illness in a cat. His gums, which normally should be pink, were pale and yellow. His eyes and ears also had a yellow tinge. He was underweight. His coat was rough, implying that he hadn’t had the energy to groom himself for at least a few days. There were small black specks of material throughout his coat. Pale gums can be caused by anemia or shock. Yellow gums, eyes, and ears are caused by icterus, also known as jaundice. And the dark specks of material throughout his coat, which the owners thought was dirt, was in fact flea feces

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