Eye Colour Changes in Cats

Eye colour changes in cats

Eye colour changes in cats can affect the iris, the pigmented muscular ring eye that circles the pupil or the pupils (the black part of the eye). There are several causes of eye colour changes in cats, the most common occurs when during kittenhood when the eyes change from blue to brown, yellow or green. Changes to the colour of the eye beyond kittenhood have multiple causes, from benign to life-threatening.

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Are Tulips Toxic to Cats?

Are tulips toxic to cats?

Tulips are toxic to cats, the toxic principles are alkaloid glycosides Tulipalin A and B, which are naturally occurring compounds that cause gastrointestinal upset. Tulip farmers and florists can also develop ‘tulip fingers or Alstroemeria dermatitis’, a form of contact dermatitis characterised by redness and inflammation. This, however, should not affect cats.

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Solid (Self) Coloured Coat Colours in Cats

Solid (self) coloured cats

Solid coloured cats are referred to as self or non-agouti, and as the name suggests, they display a uniform coat colour with no ticking or tabby markings. Solid cats occur in three basic self-colours, which are black (B-), chocolate (bb) and cinnamon (bl). All other self colours are variations of these three base colours caused … Read more

Klinefelter Syndrome in Cats

What is Klinefelter syndrome in cats?

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.

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Dental / Tooth Extraction Care and Recovery For Cats

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.

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