Cat carriers are a must for the cat owner. They are a means of safely transporting your cat (for example to the vet or a boarding cattery), by keeping it secure.
Is claw chewing normal?
Yes, cats chew their nails as a part of normal grooming. But in some cases, nail-biting can have an underlying medical cause or be a manifestation of a compulsive behaviour.
Shedding is seen in all mammals who have hair or fur. There will be phases where he sheds more than others, and factors such as whether he is an indoor or outdoor cat, stress, health all play a factor in how much hair he sheds. Even breeds such as the Devon Rex with their short, curly coat can shed, although as they typically have shorter hair, it is less noticeable than on regular coated cats.
When looking for a purebred cat you may hear the terms pet or show quality. These descriptions refer to the breed standard. The breed standard is a set of guidelines which describes the ideal characteristics of each particular breed.
What is tetanus?
Tetanus (lockjaw) is a disease caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Most people are aware of tetanus due to having received the vaccine for the disease.
Tick season is now upon us and it is time for all cat and dog owners to be alert to these potentially fatal parasites. This article looks at how to check for ticks, preventing ticks, symptoms of tick poisoning and how to safely remove ticks from your pet.
Insect bites and stings occur frequently in cats due to their curious nature. Wasps, bees, and ants are the most common causes of bites and stings in cats.
Registered breeders vs backyard breeders can be a very emotive subject for cat lovers. What are the differences between the two and is anyone whose cat has had a litter of kittens a backyard breeder?
At a glance
About: Pulmonary thromboembolism is a blockage of one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs by a substance (emboli) that have travelled there from another part of the body. Kittens and senior cats are most at risk.
Causes: The most common cause of pulmonary thromboembolism is a blood clot other causes include heartworm and a globule of fat. Blood can clot as a result of increased clotting disorders, heart disease, tumours, heartworm, polycythemia (increased red blood cells), and damage to the blood vessel walls.
Symptoms: Difficulty breathing, exercise intolerance, blue-tinged gums, lethargy, loss of appetite and sudden death.
Diagnosis: Baseline tests which will include a complete physical examination and medical history, blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis, arterial blood gasses, coagulation profiles, x-ray, echocardiogram and pulmonary angiography.
Treatment: Stabilise the cat with oxygen therapy, fluid therapy and cage rest. Drugs to dissolve the clot and blood thinners.