Talking Cats on Social Media

2022-09-20T21:51:15-04:00September 20th, 2022|

LOL! We’re not referring to cats who talk, although there are plenty of them. We’re referring to how people talk about cats on social media. Are you ready to test your knowledge of these descriptive words?

A floof is a cat with lots of fur, especially fluffy fur. Pedigreed breeds, such as Maine Coons and […]

Diagnosing and Treating Kittens with Congenital Hypothyroidism

2022-09-13T15:59:15-04:00September 13th, 2022|

Congenital hypothyroidism (lack of sufficient thyroid hormone in the body, which is important for the development of the nervous and skeletal systems) has been considered a rare feline disorder. However, it may be underreported and not diagnosed since kittens appear normal but die at birth or die as juveniles before symptoms ever become evident.

The […]

Preventing, Recognizing and Treating Feline Neonatal Isoerythrolysis

2022-09-06T19:51:28-04:00September 6th, 2022|

Feline neonatal isoerythrolysis (FNI) is a serious, life-threatening condition in which a blood type B queen’s (mother cat’s) antibodies attack the red blood cells of her nursing blood type A or AB kittens. In the case of FNI, neonatal refers to newborn, and isoerythrolysis refers to the destruction of red blood cells of the […]

Understanding Feline Calicivirus and Limping Calicivirus

2022-08-30T18:32:52-04:00August 30th, 2022|

Feline Calicivirus (FCV) is a major cause of Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs). It’s highly contagious and spreads through: direct contact with saliva and nasal and ocular discharges of an infected cat; aerosolized particles from sneezing; sharing bowls and bedding; and contact with people who handled an infected cat.

FCV is very common in animal shelters […]

Diving into the Causes and Treatment of Swimmer Syndrome

2022-08-24T12:03:27-04:00August 23rd, 2022|

Swimmer syndrome is a rare disorder in very young kittens, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Suggested causes for swimmer syndrome include hereditary factors, environmental issues, excessive protein in the queen’s diet, maternal metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal development problems, obesity and neurological disorders.

Here’s what you can expect in a normal kitten’s development:

  • At two weeks of […]

One Is the Loneliest Number: Single Kitten “Syndrome” Behaviors

2022-08-25T18:18:54-04:00August 16th, 2022|

Have you ever heard an animal shelter or rescue organization state, “Two kittens are better than one?” You might initially think this is just a way to get more kittens adopted, but adopters as well as kittens benefit from welcoming pairs as family members.

Many shelters and rescue organizations encourage or require pair adoptions of […]

Understanding Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Supporting FeLV-Positive Cats: Treatment and Prevention

2022-08-09T17:46:22-04:00August 9th, 2022|

This is part 3 of this 3-part series on FeLV. Part 1 covers transmission, and part 2 covers symptoms and diagnosis.

At the time of this writing, there isn’t a cure for FeLV; some therapies may decrease the amount of FeLV in a cat’s bloodstream but have significant side effects and aren’t effective in all […]

Understanding Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Supporting FeLV-Positive Cats: Symptoms and Diagnosis

2022-08-07T18:42:36-04:00August 2nd, 2022|

This is part 2 of this 3-part series on FeLV. Part 1 covers transmission, and part 3 covers treatment and prevention.

During the early stages of infection, cats may not exhibit any disease symptoms. Over weeks, months or even years, infected cats’ health may progressively deteriorate or they may experience cycles of illness and relative […]

Understanding Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Supporting FeLV-Positive Cats: Transmission

2022-08-25T21:48:11-04:00July 26th, 2022|

This is part 1 of this 3-part series on FeLV. Part 2 covers symptoms and diagnosis, and part 3 covers treatment and prevention.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) was discovered in 1964. Although infection has decreased significantly over the past 25 years thanks to vaccines and accurate testing procedures, FeLV remains one of the most common […]

Understanding Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): Prevention and Support

2022-07-19T15:09:27-04:00July 19th, 2022|

This is part 3 of this 3-part series on FIV. Part 1 covers transmission and testing, and part 2 covers prevention and support.

Unfortunately, no treatment exists that will clear the virus from a cat’s system.

Antiviral therapy is sometimes considered in FIV-positive cats, but often with minimal benefit and serious side effects.

A confirmed FIV-positive cat […]

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