Secondary Poisoning in Cats


Also known as relay toxicity, secondary poisoning occurs when a cat eats an animal that has itself ingested a poison. The most common form of secondary poisoning in cats is when they eat a rat or mouse which has eaten rodenticide. Secondary poisoning can also occur when cats consume prey such as rabbits who have been poisoned with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).

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Scabs on Cat’s Neck

Cats are often afflicted with scabs, which can be extremely uncomfortable. Itching often accompanies scabs and sores, which causes further damage as well as the potential to develop a secondary bacterial infection.

Initially, some irritations may be minor, and the cat himself causes further damage due to itching, other disorders may cause large lesions. Scabs may be small and numerous, large and singular or a combination of both. The neck may be the only affected area or scabs and crusting may be more widespread. Itching is common but not always present.

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Calico Cats – Everything You Wanted To Know

What is a calico cat?

Calico is a common coat pattern that occurs almost exclusively in female cats and consists of a white base (25-70%) with patches of red and black, red and grey or red and brown. Calicos are not a breed, the word calico refers to the coat colour only, and calico can be found in both random-bred and purebred cats.

The calico is also known as tricolour or tortie and white outside the United States of America.

Related: What’s the difference between a calico and a tortie cat

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