A to Z glossary of common feline terms.
Antivirals are a group of drugs that are used to treat several viral infections in cats. Viruses and bacteria are both common causes of disease in cats; however, they differ in their treatment.
Viruses are intracellular parasites (parasites that hijack the cells of their host) that are made up of RNA or DNA and wrapped in a protein envelope (capsid). They use machinery within the host cells to replicate, which makes it challenging to develop drugs that target the virus without harming the host cells in the process. Most antiviral drugs available for cats were developed for use in people.
What is telescoping of the intestines?
The cat’s digestive system is a long, hollow tube that starts in the mouth and ends at the anus. A series of wave-like contractions known as peristalsis pushes food along the GI tract.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck which secretes hormones responsible for metabolism, growth, temperature and several organ functions. This gland takes iodine from food and combines it with a protein (tyrosine) to produce T4 (Thyroxine) which contains four iodine atoms. T4 represents 80% of the thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland. When T4 reaches organs and tissues, it converts to T3 (Triiodothyronine), the active form.
Hairless cats at a glance
At a glance About: Urolithiasis is the formation of stony concretions on the bladder or urinary tract. Factors that lead to uroliths include the oversaturation of urine which can be exacerbated by feeding a dry diet. Symptoms: Pain when urinating Inability to urinate Blood in the urine Crying in the litter tray Treatment: Stone dissolving … Read more