Meningitis in Cats

Meningitis in cats

Meningitis at a glance About: Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.Causes: There are a number of causes including infection, medications, tumours, immune-mediated disorders and unknown causes. Symptoms: Lethargy, loss of appetite, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, wobbly gait, disorientation, paralysis, coma. Treatment: The goal of treatment is … Read more

Anal Sac Disease In Cats

Anal sac disease in cats

The anal sacs (anal glands) are two small sacs located on either side of the anus at the five and seven o’clock position. Their role is similar to scent glands and they secrete an oily, foul-smelling substance which helps other cats to identify the individual.When a cat defecates, the sphincter muscle contracts and squeezes the … Read more

Hairballs in Cats

Hairballs in cats

What are hairballs? Also known as trichobezoars (pronounced trike-oh-bee-zohr), hairballs are balls of hair which are ingested during grooming and later vomited from the stomach. What causes cats to produce hairballs? Cats spend 24% of their awake time grooming; during this process, the cat ingests loose hair. The tongue of the cat has backward-facing barbs … Read more

Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

Do cats have belly buttons?

Do cats have belly buttons?

Yes, cats do have a belly button, all mammals have belly buttons (also known as a navel or umbilicus). The cat’s belly button is located midway down the abdomen and is a circular scar approximately 5 mm wide.

What does a cat’s belly button look like?

The cat’s belly button doesn’t look the same as ours, which can be an innie or an outie, whereas the cat’s is smooth with a slight indentation. The belly button can be difficult to find under their thick layer of fur. Dark cats have a more visible belly button than a light coloured cat, which tends to blend in with the paler skin colour.

The belly button of this Sphynx cat is clearly visible as well as its human-like knees.

Close up of a cat's belly button
Close up of a cat’s belly button

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15 Signs Your Cat Loves You

Signs a cat loves you

Exposing their belly/allowing belly rubs The belly is a particularly vulnerable part of the cat’s body, all the major organs are located in the abdomen so it is important to keep it safe. A relaxed kitty who lies belly up is showing their trust in you. A word of warning, don’t rub a cat’s belly … Read more

Snail Bait Poisoning in Cats

snail bait poisoning in cats

 
Although seen more commonly in dogs than cats, snail bait poisoning does occur in cats too. Snail bait contains one of two poisons, metaldehyde, and methiocarb, both of which can be fatal to cats if ingested. These products typically contain around 3% poison and the rest contains a bait such as bran or molasses which are not only attractive to snails and slugs but also other animals. Up to 50% of pets who consume snail bait will die.

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