Are Poinsettias Toxic to Cats?

Poinsettia

Are poinsettias toxic to cats? Poinsettias are toxic to cats, however, the toxicity is overrated, and exposure only produces mild symptoms. What are poinsettias? Botanical name: Euphorbia pulcherrima Common names: Christmas flower, Painted leaf, Lobster plant, Winter rose Toxicity: Toxic to cats Toxic parts: Leaves and stems Severity: Mild to moderate Toxic properties: Insoluble calcium … Read more

How To Tell If A Cat Has Died

How to determine if a cat has passed away

Medically reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac BVSc (Merit) – Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic Sometimes a cat will die at home either due to a long-standing medical condition or unexpected causes (trauma, toxicosis, or an acute medical event). We take look at how pet owners can evaluate a cat to determine if it has passed. If … Read more

Radioactive Iodine Treatment (I-131) For Cats

Radioactive iodine for cats with hyperthyroidism

Radioactive iodine (radioiodine or I-131) is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism which is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disorder to affect cats. It is estimated that 10% of cats over ten of cats over the age of ten will develop the disease. The disease is caused by a benign, hormone-secreting tumour on the thyroid gland which is located in the cat’s neck; these hormones control metabolism and growth.

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Friendliest Breeds of Cat

Friendly breeds of cat

Deciding what type of cat you would like to bring into your home is an important decision that must be made prior to looking. Some households would prefer a quiet and independent cat while many are looking for one who is friendly, and interacts with their human family.

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Blood in Cat Urine (Hematuria)

Blood in cat urine

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

It can be classified as microscopic or gross.

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

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Hip Dysplasia in Cats

Hip dysplasia in cats

At a glance

About: Hip dysplasia is an abnormality of the hip joint in which the hip socket doesn’t fully cover the ball at the end of the femur (thigh bone). Joint looseness (laxity) can lead to degenerative joint disease.

Causes: Hip dysplasia can be hereditary and environmental, large breeds of cat such as Maine Coons and Persians have a higher incidence.

Symptoms: Trouble rising, jumping or climbing stairs, bunny hopping gait, bilateral lameness which becomes worse after exercise, decreased activity or exercise intolerance, reluctance to squat and pain when touched.

Diagnosis: Thorough physical examination along with x-rays to evaluate the hip joints.

Treatment: Weight control and/or surgery.

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A Scared or Injured Cat Has the Potential to Bite

Scared cat

Warning, vent ahead!

We recently fostered a lovely cat, but unfortunately, one of our cats took an instant dislike to him and would pick a fight at every opportunity (he has never behaved this way before). As you can imagine, it was a stressful situation. One day after an altercation, my daughter tried to move the foster into a bedroom and was bitten. Not a wise idea, but having not witnessed a cat fight before, she thought she was doing the right thing.

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