Umbrella tree (Schefflera spp.) is toxic to cats. The toxic principle is insoluble calcium oxalate crystals which are found throughout the plant. These crystals are bundled together into raphides. When the cat chews on any part of the umbrella tree, the needle-like crystals penetrate the oropharynx causing intense pain, burning and in some cases swelling.
What is Klinefelter syndrome?
Also known as XXY syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is a sex chromosome condition that occurs when a male kitten is born with an extra X chromosome. Klinefelter syndrome is a type of trisomy, which is a chromosomal condition characterised by an additional chromosome. Down syndrome is the most well-known trisomy in humans that is caused by a third copy of chromosome 21.
Tooth extraction in cats may be necessary in cases of severe dental disease, bone loss, fractured teeth, and resorption. Cats that do not receive proper dental care and those that have dental diseases such as tooth resorption are at the highest risk.
Periodontal disease in cats is extremely common. It is widely believed that 85% of adult cats over the age of 4 are affected. This common condition is caused by a build-up of plaque, a sticky biofilm, that solidifies along the gum line and between the teeth to form tartar, resulting in inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). Left untreated, the bacterial toxins and resulting inflammation cause pockets to develop between the teeth and gums that allow bacteria to descend deeper into the dental tissue and destroy the supportive structures of the teeth. This condition is irreversible and will ultimately lead to pain and tooth loss.
What is a tortoiseshell cat?
A tortoiseshell cat is a cat with a coat colour made up of mottled patches of black, chocolate or grey along with red or cream. This unusual coat pattern is sex-linked and is almost exclusively found in female cats.
The most common colour combination is black and red, which consists of almost equal amounts of black to red. In some cats, there will be more red than black, which is known as a reverse tortie.
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Energy: Low to medium
- Temperament: Good-natured, quiet, independent, amiable
- Weight: Males 6-9 kg (13.2 – 19.8 lbs), females 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs)
- Colours: Blue, black, red, fawn, lilac, chocolate, cinnamon in solid and bicolour
- Grooming: Daily
- Other names: British Longhair Variant, British Semi-Longhair, Lowlander (United States), Britannica (Europe)
- Cost: $1,000-$1,500
The British Longhair is a medium to large semi-longhaired cat who originated from Britain and is essentially a British Shorthair with longer fur.
A black tabby is a type of coat color and pattern combination that consists of melanistic black stripes, sworls or spots on a lighter banded (ticked) ground color. The face of the black tabby cats consists of an M on the forehead as well as thin pencil lines on the cheeks.
Anybody who shares their home with cats is accustomed to clothing that is decorated with cat hair. In fact, cat lovers have affectionately coined the term ‘kitty glitter‘. Cat fur is shed continually throughout the year, however, cats will experience heavy shedding in spring as the cat loses their winter coat and in autumn (fall) goes through a second shed to make way for the winter coat.
A tomcat is a sexually mature entire (un-neutered) male cat. The name tomcat is derived from an eighteenth-century work of fiction titled The Life and Adventures of a Cat authored by Willoughby Mynors. The main character was Tom the Cat, a promiscuous male cat. Before the publication of The Life and Adventures of a Cat, males were known as rams, boars or gibs.