I recently wrote an article on immunocompromised people who live with cats and ways to reduce the risks for those individuals. This article will focus on cats who have compromised immune systems and ways we can keep them healthy.
What is nausea?
Nausea is the feeling of sickness and is often a precursor to actual vomiting (emesis) although not all cats who are nauseous do go on to vomit. Prolonged vomiting can be extremely debilitating to cats.
The purpose of nausea is to act as a warning as well as being protective. For example, nausea at a particularly unpleasant smell is going to put the cat off eating it and possibly save it ingesting something dangerous. Nausea accompanied by vomiting after ingesting a food or substance is usually to rid the body of a toxin. Such as food which has gone off or an ingested toxin. It also serves as a warning system of organ dysfunction or damage.
Bladder worms are small, hair-like worms which infect a wide range of hosts. The worms attach to, or bury themselves into the bladder mucosa and sometimes in the pelvis of the kidney or urethra of the host where they cause mild inflammation. Adult males are 13-30 mm and females are 30-60 mm long.
Capillariasis is the name of bladder worm infection.
The pelvis is a ring-like structure of bones located at the lower end of the trunk which consists of two halves, each one contains three bones, the ilium, ischium, and pubis.
Pelvic fractures are seen most frequently in young and healthy cats and are typically the result of significant trauma from an automobile accident or fall from a height. Internal injuries are common in cats with a broken pelvis, which can affect the urinary tract, thorax or nerve damage.
There are several parasitic worms which are common to cats, but many cat owners are not sure how to identify the type of worm your cat may have.
As you will read, most of the time worms remain in hiding, so your cat may be infected with worms, but you are unaware. This highlights the importance of a regular worming schedule, starting from two weeks of age.
The word hyperesthesia means increased sensitivity to touch, and this perfectly describes a unique disorder in felines known as feline hyperesthesia syndrome. Other names for the condition include twitchy cat syndrome, twitch-skin syndrome, and self-mutilating syndrome.
Also called fasciculation, twitching is the minor contraction of muscles, in cats, it commonly occurs in the whiskers, nose and tail, but it can happen in any location. The most common causes are due to underlying cerebellar or neuromuscular diseases.
What is cowpox?
Cowpox is a rare viral skin infection caused by the cowpox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus family and a close relative of the now eradicated smallpox virus, which was responsible for the deaths of between 200 – 300 million people in the 20th century.
Limping is an abnormal stance caused by a dysfunction of the cat’s locomotor system. It is not a disease in itself but a clinical sign due to pain, mechanical restriction or neuromuscular disease.
Lameness can be acute (sudden onset), chronic (long-term) or intermittent (coming and going). The location of the limp, as well as its frequency, can narrow down the possible cause.