An Itchy Cat Doesn’t Automatically Have Fleas

Cat scratching

This is a cautionary tale which relates to my dog, but can also affect cats. We share our home with a beautiful chocolate Labrador who has had ongoing issues with ear infections and general itchiness. She scratches, causes trauma, the veterinarian gives her ear drops and antibiotics to clear it up the ear(s), but the problem returns. Last week she sat there scratching, and I asked myself why she is still scratching despite being up to date on her flea medications and no other pets in the household displaying signs of fleas? As the saying goes, ‘if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’ and every time a cat or dog would scratch, I immediately put it down to fleas.

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How to Prevent Toxoplasmosis

How to prevent toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a single-celled parasite by the name of Toxoplasma Gondii. Its distribution is worldwide. Only cats are the definitive hosts; however, the parasite can infect a wide range of other intermediate hosts including wild and domestic animals (including birds) as well as humans. From 1988-1994, researchers in the United States … Read more

Do Cats Have Periods and Bleed?

Do female cats have periods?

Frequently asked questions

Do female cats have periods and bleed?

Female cats do not have menstrual periods and bleed. Instead, the lining of the uterus is re-absorbed. Cats have four phases to their reproductive cycle:

  • Proestrus
  • Estrus
  • Postestrus (diestrus)
  • Anestrus

When is a female cat able to breed?

Cats reach sexual maturity between 8-10 months; it is at this age that they are receptive to mating and capable of becoming pregnant.

When is the cat’s mating season?

Cats are polyestrous, which means they will have more than one heat cycle in a breeding cycle which is dependent on the number of daylight hours. In the Northern Hemisphere this is typically from March to September, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is between September to March.

Will, a female cat mate with her littermates or father?

Yes, a female cat in heat will mate with almost any available male, including siblings and fathers.

How can I stop a cat going into heat and mating?

Once a female cat has been spayed (had her uterus and ovaries removed) she will no longer cycle through the four stages described below and is no longer able to become pregnant.

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Taking The Stress Out Of A Trip To The Veterinarian

Taking a cat to the veterinarian

August 22nd is Take Your Cat to the Veterinarian Day, and what better time to write an article on why all cats need to see a veterinarian, but also how to make it stress-free for cat, owner, and the veterinarian.

The vet’s office is a scary place for cats; in fact, most cats don’t like to be taken out of the house (their comfort zone), period. But there are ways to ease the stress of the veterinary visit.

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Common Litterbox Mistakes, and How to Fix Them

Common litter tray mistakes

At a glance

A cat who is going to the toilet outside the litter tray should always be evaluated by a veterinarian to rule out medical causes. Once the cat has received a clean bill of health, the next move is to determine what is causing the cat to refuse the litter tray.

Common non-medical causes of litter tray avoidance include the following:

  • Not enough litter trays
  • Litter tray location
  • Litter tray type
  • Dirty litter tray
  • Scented products
  • Litter tray liners
  • Type of cat litter
  • Not enough or too much cat litter
  • Inter-cat dynamics

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Check the Chip Day

Check the chip day

August 15th is Check the Chip Day. This day serves as an important reminder for pet owners to check that their pet’s microchip is up to date. Just this morning, I saw yet another social media about a cat who has been found and handed into a veterinarian with out of date information on the microchip. Obviously, somebody out there is missing their cat and up to date details would have ensured a fast outcome.

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Transmission of Common Cat Diseases and Parasites

Transmission of common cat diseases and parasites

Understanding how diseases are transmitted is important as it can help to reduce possible exposure to cats as well as humans in the case of zoonotic diseases (infections which cats can transmit to people). Direct contact – Such as licking, touching, biting, sexual intercourse. Indirect contact – Water, soil, grass, contaminated food (including prey). Cutaneous … Read more

Squinting in Cats

Squinting in cats

 

At a glance

About:

Squinting can be a normal behaviour when the cat is relaxed and trusting, but it can also be a sign of an underlying disorder.

Causes:

  • Blepharitis
  • Uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Dilated pupils
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Foreign body
  • Dry eye

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Helping An Adult Cat Adjust To A New Home

Helping a senior cat settle into a new home

Bringing an adult cat into the home is rewarding for the new family and gives an adult cat a second chance. With low adoption rates considerably lower for adult cats, it is great when a family decides to take on an older cat.

But, sometimes adult cats can take a little longer to adjust to their new home than a kitten, in this article, we look at ways to make the move as smooth and stress-free as possible for your new addition.

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