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Petting Induced Aggression in Cats

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Petting induced aggression in cats

What is petting-induced aggression?

Petting-induced aggression common problem many cat owners experiences. One minute you are enjoying some time petting your cat and all of a sudden he turns around takes a bite or swipe and then runs off and hides.

The cause of this behaviour is unknown although it is thought that some cats can only accept a certain amount of petting before becoming uncomfortable.

Being taken away from their mother and siblings can lead to a number of behavioural problems, which highlights the importance of not adopting a cat until he or she is a minimum of 10-12 weeks.

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Pointed (Colourpoint) Cats – About, Breeds and Genetics

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Colourpoint cats

Recently there was an interesting discussion around a photo of a beautiful pointed kitten and what breed of cat he may be. People suggested he was a Siamese, Traditional Siamese (due to his rounder head), Birman, Ragdoll, Snowshoe or Tonkinese. A few put forward that he was a lovely seal point domestic shorthair (aka a mixed breed cat). The cat in the image above has a similar appearance, with a rounder face and a slightly fluffier coat than that of the modern-day Siamese.

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Blood in Cat Urine – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Blood in cat urine

Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in the urine and is a symptom of an underlying disorder and isn’t a disease in itself. As are many causes of hematuria in cats ranging from mild to severe and life-threatening, prompt veterinary attention is required.

Hematuria can be classified as microscopic or gross:

  • Microscopic hematuria – The urine appears normal but upon microscopic examination,  red blood cells are present.
  • Gross hematuria – The cat’s urine is visibly discoloured due to the high numbers of red blood cells. Continue reading

Manx Syndrome in Cats – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Manx syndrome

What is Manx syndrome?

Manx syndrome is a collection of disorders affecting the spine and sometimes the hind limbs of affected cats. It is believed to be a form of spina bifida, in which the spine fails to develop as it should.

The condition is congenital (present at birth) and occurs during development in the caudal (tail) region of the embryonic neural tube. The (caudal/tail vertebrae) are absent and in some cases, one or more of the sacral bones are deformed or reduced in number. Along with this, a shortening of the spinal cord (spinal cord dysgenesis) and/or absence of the cauda equina (the bundle of nerves located at the lower end of the spinal cord which transmit messages to the pelvic organs and hind legs), resulting in fecal and urinary dysfunction due to innervation in the anal and perineal area affecting the bladder and anus. Partial paralysis may also occur in the hind legs.  Continue reading

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Cat Worms – Everything You Need To Know

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Parasitic worms are one of the most common types of parasite to infect cats. Even indoor cats can get worms, highlighting the importance of a strict worming regime.

Worms can take up residence in many parts of the body. The three most common worms are intestinal worms, which either feed on the stomach contents or on your cat’s blood which can cause malnutrition and/or anemia. Other organs can also be infected with worms including the heart, bladder and kidney. We look at the most common parasitic worms below. Continue reading

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Hookworms in Cats-Transmission, Symptoms & Treatment

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What are hookworms?   Transmission   Symptoms   Are hookworms dangerous?   Diagnosis   Treatment

Hookworms in cats

What are hookworms?

Hookworms are small, thin nematodes that are approximately 10 to 20 mm in length and are a common intestinal parasitic worm of dogs, but can also infect cats.

They live in the small intestine of the cat, attaching themselves to the intestinal wall using teeth-like hooks where they feed on the blood and tissue. Blood loss can lead to anaemia, intestinal bleeding, intestinal inflammation, diarrhea and even death. Continue reading