Warning signs of kidney disease at a glance
Limping is a common symptom and can affect the front or the hind limbs. It can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic (slow and progressive). The location, accompanying symptoms and age of the cat can all give the veterinarian a clue as to the probable cause.
Cats may have been domesticated for nine thousand years, but they haven’t lost many of their wild ways, and that extends to their toileting habits which include burying their feces. Burying feces is a natural cat instinct that most of us greatly appreciate unless it’s the local cat who is burying their feces in the … Read more
Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catmint, field balm or catswort is a vigorous perennial herb that belongs to the genus Nepeta, a part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), which comprises approximately 250 species. Catnip is native to Eurasia but has naturalised in North America, Europe and New Zealand.
A cystocentesis is a routine veterinary procedure with the use of a needle and syringe that is inserted through the abdominal wall to obtain uncontaminated urine directly from the bladder. This provides the veterinarian with a sterile urine sample for evaluation and or relieves a distended bladder in a cat who is unable to urinate due to a blockage (therapeutic cystocentesis). This is typically a last resort, and a catheter is a preferred method in the blocked cat.
Cimetidine is an over the counter histamine 2 blocker or histamine H₂ receptor antagonist. It works by inhibiting the production of stomach acid by blocking histamine receptors in the stomach that are responsible for triggering acid production.
What is the primordial pouch?
The primordial pouch is a loose flap of skin that runs along the length of the cat’s belly but is most pronounced towards the rear. It can often be seen swaying from side to side when the cat walks or trots.
Pet owners often attribute the primordial pouch to weight gain, but it is common on cats of all shapes and sizes, even slim ones.
24th – 30th September is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week, which highlights the plight of those pets who aren’t as adoptable younger and healthier pets. Most shelters are bursting at the seams with animals, and it is usually the cute puppies and kittens who find homes the quickest. But many less adoptable pets are often overlooked but in need of a loving home.
At a glance
- Punish a cat
- Scruff a cat
- Throw a cat
- Pull a cat’s tail
- Pick a cat up by the tail
- Give human or dog medications
- Self medicate
- Ignore their emotional needs
- Ignore their physical needs
- Litter box mistakes
- Smoke around a cat
- Feed food that is dangerous