Medical Problems Which Can Masquerade As Bad Behaviour In Cats

Medical problems which can masquerade as bad behabiour in cats

At a glance

About: Several diseases can lead to changes which pet owners may put down to bad behaviour, this highlights the importance of a thorough medical evaluation for any cat displaying undesirable behaviour to determine if there is a medical cause.

What kind of behaviours can be caused by disease?

  • Going to the toilet outside the litter tray
  • Overgrooming which can lead to baldness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Aggression
  • Excessive crying

Causes:

  • Neurological disturbances
  • Oral pain
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Urinary tract diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Skin diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Pica
  • Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (senility)

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Bottle Feeding Kittens

Bottle Feeding Kittens 1

Bottle feeding is necessary for kittens under five weeks who are orphaned, have been rejected by their mother, the mother has a medical condition which makes her unable to nurse, or if the litter is large. It is both rewarding and challenging to bottle feed a kitten and requires knowledge to do it safely.

Making the decision to hand-raise a kitten takes time and commitment. Neonates will need to be fed, cleaned and helped to go to the toilet every 2-3 hours, around the clock until the kitten is old enough to start solid food.

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Cat Friendly Treats – People Food That Is Safe For Cats

Cat friendly treats

Cat friendly treats at a glance

  1. Boiled, grilled or roast chicken and turkey
  2. Cheese (cottage or cheddar)
  3. Tuna
  4. Fruit and vegetables
  5. Eggs
  6. Prawns and shrimp

Why give treats at all?

Treats for most cats are not necessary, and with obesity at endemic rates, the addition of treats can add additional calories that a cat doesn’t need. So, why feed treats?

  • Sometimes a cat is not well, and a treat can encourage him or her to eat something
  • Treats can be used as a reward when training a cat
  • To hide pills or medication in (this generally works better for dogs but can be attempted for cats)
  • To celebrate the cat’s birthday or another special event

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Effects of Poisoning on Different Body Systems in Cats

Effects of poisoning on different body systems in cats

Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for a number of reasons.

  • When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
  • If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
  • The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
  • Contact with a toxic substance which is then ingested when the cat grooms
  • Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
  • Deliberate poisoning
  • Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)

Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.

Effects of poisoning on different body systems

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Adopting After Losing A Pet

Adopting a cat after losing a pet

Adopting After Pet Loss

In the interest of transparency, this article is an opinion piece, as as far as I am aware, there is no data on when pet parents should bring a new pet into the home after a loss. We all know the devastation of losing a beloved cat, they leave such a massive hole in our lives, and it is natural for us to feel a sense of loss. Therapists are starting to recognise the depth of grief pet owners experience when faced with the loss of a pet. Cats give us so much; they give us love, attention, warmth, comfort, companionship and a sense of purpose (they rely on us to care for them). No wonder they leave such a hole in our lives when we lose them.

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