Is Portulaca Toxic to Cats?

Is portulaca toxic to cats?

Is portulaca toxic to cats? 

Portulaca is toxic to cats. The toxic principle is soluble oxalic acid which is rapidly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and binds to systemic calcium causing blood calcium levels to drop suddenly (acute hypocalcemia) as well as the formation of insoluble calcium oxalate (CaOx) which accumulate in the renal tubules, leading to acute kidney failure.

Most cases of insoluble calcium oxalate ingestion occur in livestock that has a greater propensity to ingest large amounts of plant matter.

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What is a Black Tabby Cat?

What is a black tabby cat? 

A black tabby is a type of coat colour and pattern combination that consists of melanistic black stripes, sworls or spots on a lighter banded (ticked) ground colour. The face of the black tabby cats consists of an M on the forehead as well as thin pencil lines on the cheeks. 

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Deafness in White Cats

Deafness in white cats with blue eyes is a form of congenital deafness medically known as unilateral or bilateral congenital sensorineural deafness. Dominant (epistatic) white is a masking gene that overrides all other coat colours and is symbolised with the letters WD. Affected cats could have an underlying coat colour, but the WD gene completely suppresses its expression resulting in white fur.

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Why Can Cats Eat Raw Meat Without Getting Sick?

Raw diets are a contentious topic among cat lovers and veterinarians. What is not disputed is that cats are obligate hypercarnivores who must consume meat in their diet. But why is it that cats can eat raw meat but humans can’t? 

Humans have adapted to eating cooked meat which is easier to digest and allows the body to obtain more nutrients. However, we can eat some raw meat such as steak tartare, beef carpaccio, and sushi. But, the meat must be prepared meticulously to reduce the risk of food poisoning or parasitic infection. Pregnant women and immunocompromised people should not eat raw meat. 

Cats can and do catch infections from raw meat that can potentially be spread to humans. But healthy cats have better resistance to pathogens in raw meat than humans. There are a number of physiological differences between cats and people.

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Dilute Coat Colour in Cats

What is a dilute coat?

Dilution is a coat colour caused by the dilute gene which alters the coat colour from black to grey, red to cream and chocolate to lilac and can be found in both purebred and random-bred cats.

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Fourteen Facts About Seal Point Siamese

1. What is a seal point Siamese? A seal point Siamese is a Siamese cat whose coat colour is seal point. This unique coat consists of an ivory or cream background with dark brown/black points on the face (known as a mask), ears, paws and tail. The seal point colour can also be found in … Read more

Recessive Genes in Cats

What are genes?

A gene is a segment of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) that codes specific processes in the cat’s body by encoding proteins. These codes are the blueprint for the cat’s body and can encode proteins to build structures in the body (heart, eyes, bones etc), or provide directions for different processes, bodily functions and influence the cat’s physical appearance (hair and eye colour, coat length, ear shape etc).

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Grey (Dilute) Calico Cats

What is a grey calico cat?

Also known as a muted or dilute calico, a grey calico cat is a type of coat colour and pattern which consists of grey and cream markings on a white background. This unusual combination is the dilute form of the more traditional black, red and white calico.

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