We understand that you want to provide the best care possible for your kitten or cat, and want to help answer any questions you may have regarding their health and happiness. In this section, you will find many different cat-specific topics that will allow you to learn more about specific conditions, behaviors, breeds and more.
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Diabetes is a general term used to refer to a variety of disorders characterized clinically by excessive water intake and urine output. There are two “big” categories of diabetes in cats, dogs and people: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus. Of these, diabetes mellitus is by far the more common in companion animals.Diabetes insipidus is a metabolic disorder that ultimately results in the inability of the cat’s kidneys to reabsorb water properly, which leads to an…Read More
Anemia is defined as a reduction in the normal number of red blood cells – called erythrocytes, or “RBCs”. There are several causes of anemia, and it is important to ascertain why a cat is anemic before an appropriate treatment protocol can be developed.Within red blood cells is a protein called hemoglobin, which functions to transport molecular oxygen in the blood to all body tissues. Normally, as red blood cells age or are damaged, they…Read More
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency and neoplastic disease in domestic cats.Feline leukemia virus causes fever, anorexia and lethargy. Persistent infection may also cause weight loss, diarrhea, nasal or ocular discharge and other nonspecific signs such as weakness, muscle atrophy and inappetence. This infection can also cause abortion and infertility.Most cases of FeLV infection are caused by exposure to saliva or blood from the oral or nasal secretions of infected cats…Read More
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a common lentivirus in cats that is thought to share many features in common with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS in people. Infection with FIV ultimately suppresses the cat’s immune system, allowing any number of secondary infections to take over. The clinical signs of FIV infection vary widely, because they are caused by the cat’s weakened immune system, which predisposes the animal to secondary infections that can occur almost…Read More