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    Should Cats’ Noses Be Wet?

    Everyone’s a hypochondriac when it comes to their pets! You can spot the smallest of changes and think they’re significant. So, is a wet cat nose normal, or should your cat’s nose be dry? And whatever it should be like, what does it mean when it’s not like that? Is it healthy for a cat to have a wet nose? It is. While cats’ noses can tell you something about their health, it’s normal for them to change from wet to dry or dry to wet on any given day. There are many reasons why your cat’s nose is dry that have nothing to do with health, such as a…

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    Why Won’t My Cat Drink?

    Cats are finicky and can be tough to take care of. If your cat is hardly drinking, or has stopped drinking completely, that’s a big problem. So why do cats stop drinking, and what can you do to help one that does? Why won’t my cat drink? It could be getting enough water from its food, it may not like its water bowl, it could be uncomfortable drinking from its bowl because of other cats or people, or it could be sick e.g. with tooth decay. However, cats prefer getting water from food, so if your cat is eating wet food it shouldn’t need to drink much anyway (just a…

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    How to Tell If Your Cat Is Overweight

    Fat cats are cute, but it’s just as unhealthy for a cat to be overweight as it is for a person to be overweight. The trouble is, how big does a cat have to be to be overweight, or even obese? And how can you tell whether your cat is a normal weight or not? How can you tell if your cat is overweight? Talk to a vet before attempting to diagnose any health condition in your cat. The vet can tell you whether your cat is overweight or not, although there are tests you can perform at home. Signs that your cat might have a problem with food include…

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    Dementia in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Because of better veterinary care, and better care at home, cats are living longer than ever before. Unfortunately, the flip-side of this positive is that more and more cats are displaying signs of dementia. But can cats get dementia, and if so, what is it like? Can cats get dementia? They can, but cat feline senile dementia is known as CDS (cognitive dysfunction syndrome). The symptoms of CDS are disorientation, interaction changes, sleep/wake cycle changes, house-soiling, and activity level changes. These symptoms are similar to those seen in people. They are grouped under the acronym DISHA. CDS is caused by gradual damage to the brain as a result of aging,…

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    The Truth About Cat Vaccines

    Vaccines have gotten a bad rap in recent years. But when people talk about vaccines, they talk about vaccines for their children; so what about vaccines for cats? Are cat vaccines dangerous, and do they cause side effects? Or do they do more good than bad? Are cat vaccines safe, and should you give them to your cat? Vaccines provide immunity to diseases that are deadly or painful for your cat to go through. At the same time, there is only a vanishingly small chance that your cat will experience a side effect. Vaccines provide protection against feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus, distemper and rabies; each of these diseases is…

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    Glaucoma in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Header image coutresy of Innovative Veterinary Care. Feline glaucoma isn’t common, but it is serious. So what causes it, is it serious, and how do you fix it? What is glaucoma, and how do cats get it? Glaucoma is a condition that affects the eyes and causes blindness. A build-up of aqueous fluid behind the lens of the eye causes the eye to swell, the eye/vision to become cloudy, and the optic nerve to be damaged. This build-up of fluid can either have a genetic cause (the eye produces too much fluid, or the ducts that drain the fluid can’t drain it quickly enough) or another health condition as the…

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    Epilepsy in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Epilepsy is a well-known condition in people. You may have been surprised to learn that it can affect cats, too—and it can. So are the underlying causes of epilepsy in cats the same as those in people? Is it as serious a condition as it is in people? And are there ways to manage epilepsy in cats, or even cure it entirely? What causes epilepsy in cats, and can it be fixed? Epilepsy is characterized by repeated seizures, often following one after the other (cluster seizures) or lasting for a long duration (status epilepticus). Brainwave patterns change either in the whole brain (generalized) or part of the brain (partial), leading…

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    Parvo in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Parvovirus is a highly infectious virus, and one you should hope your cat never catches. So how do cats catch parvo, how bad is it, and can it be treated or prevented? What causes parvo in cats, and is it serious? Parvo is a kind of viral infection also known as FPV, FIE, FPLV, cat plague and feline distemper. It spreads through bodily fluids like saliva and can be caught either from the environment or directly from another cat. It causes vomiting, variable temperatures (high and low), hunger and thirst and watery diarrhea. It can also cause pregnancy complications in cats. There is no direct cure for parvo but prompt…

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    Can Cats Get Ticks?

    Ticks commonly affect pets—but what about cats? Do ticks bite cats, and do ticks affect cats in the same way as they affect other pets, or us? And how do you get rid of them? Can cats catch ticks? They can, just like other pets. Ticks are found outdoors in grassy areas, where they cling to blades of grass and drop onto animals that pass by. They bite into the host cat’s skin and stay there for several days before dropping away. Ticks don’t live, breed or lay eggs on their hosts, so can’t be spread through direct contact. But they do cause health issues, so should be killed as…

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    UTIs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    UTIs (urinary tract infections) are as frustrating as they are common. So can cats catch them, and if so, how serious are they? Are they a risk to your cat’s life? What are UTIs in cats, and what causes them? Cats experience the same kind of UTIs as we do. Bacteria gets into a small wound in the cat’s urinary tract—urethra, bladder and kidneys—and causes an infection. This infection causes swelling and blocks pee from passing. The bacteria in the wound can spread, and the bladder or kidneys rupture unless you treat the issue promptly. A vet will diagnose the problem with a urinalysis and/or with X-rays. They will prescribe…