Melanoma is a rare type of tumour that arises from pigment-producing melanocytes which can be benign or malignant. 50% are malignant (malignant melanomas) and highly metastatic, which means they readily spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver, brain, spleen, and bone.
Flowers non-toxic to cats at a glance
- Cock’s comb
- Kangaroo paw
- African violet
- Peruvian lily
Spondylosis deformans is a progressive disease of the cat’s spine characterised by the formation of bony spurs (osteophytes) on the edges of the vertebrae, which are the small bones that make up the backbone.
The cat’s spine is made up of vertebrae (small bones), sandwiched between each vertebra are pads of tough, fibrous cartilage called intervertebral discs. Ligaments hold the vertebrae together, protect the intervertebral discs and stabilise the spine. The intervertebral discs separate the vertebrae, act as a shock absorber, providing a cushion and allow the spine to move.
March 28th is a special day for cats; it is Respect Your Cat Day. Isn’t every day respect your cat day, you ask? Well, for many of us, yes it is, we love, cherish and respect our cats greatly. Some claim this day came about because King Richard II banned the consumption of cat meat … Read more
Cat-friendly breeds of dog at a glance
- Labrador (and Golden retriever)
- Spaniels (King Charles, Cocker, Sussex, Welsh, English Springer)
- Irish Setter
- Italian Greyhound
Many people who share their homes with cats also have dogs or are thinking about getting one, and while dogs and cats can and do get along with cats, but some breeds are more suitable than others.
There are several hundred breeds of dog, to cover them all is beyond the scope of this article, so instead, I will focus on popular breeds which are hopefully easy to find.
Unlike cats, who formed a symbiotic relationship with people as a means of keeping rodent populations down, dogs have been selectively chosen to perform several roles such as protection, hunting, retrieval, founding up herds and more. Generally, dogs with a strong prey drive are best avoided around cats, although we can’t say all dogs are unsuitable in all situations. Cats should never be left alone with a dog who has a strong prey drive.
Lilies are a popular floral display, especially at Easter. Many varieties are highly toxic to cats, including:
- Rubrun Lily
- Tiger Lily
- Asiatic Lily
- Stargazer Lily
- Easter Lily
ALL parts of the plant are toxic, including petals, leaves, stamen, pollen, and water. Ingestion can cause acute kidney failure in cats, the exact mechanism is not known.
An insulinoma is a rare malignant functional tumour of the beta cells in the pancreas which produces excessive amounts of insulin. Blood sugar levels are kept in check by insulin (a hormone, which is a chemical messenger that travels in the bloodstream) when levels increase; insulin is released, when levels decrease, insulin production stops:
Tumours are the abnormal growth of cells and can occur anywhere in the body. Brain tumours are rare, with an incidence of 0.0035, and account for 2.2% of all tumours . They can be benign or malignant, primary or secondary. A benign tumour does not invade neighbouring tissue or spread to other parts of the … Read more
The third week of March is Poison Awareness Prevention Week. Started by John F. Kennedy in 1961, the goal is to raise awareness of the risk of poisoning from household products.