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 several 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 to address … Read more

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 that helps other cats to identify the individual. When a cat defecates, the sphincter muscle contracts and squeezes … Read more

Hairballs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

What are hairballs? Also known as trichobezoars (pronounced trike-oh-bee-zohr), hairballs are balls of hair that 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?

Yes, cats belly button,  as do all placental mammals. The belly button (also known as the navel or umbilicus) is a circular scar from where the umbilical cord was attached to the kitten’s abdomen. It is located midway down the abdomen and is 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 belly button is smooth with a slight indentation. The belly button can be difficult to find beneath the thick layer of fur. Dark cats have a more visible belly button than a light coloured cat, which tends to blend in with the pale skin colour.

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Home Remedies For Cat Colds And Flu

What are cat colds? Cat colds or flu can be caused by several viruses or bacteria, the most common are the feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, and chlamydiosis. Colds in cats tend to be more serious than human colds, and it is always recommended pet owners seek veterinary attention for a chlamydiosis displaying the following clinical … Read more

15 Signs Your 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

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 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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