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Mixing Underage Kittens

2024-06-30T14:14:20-04:00June 30th, 2024|

Limiting exposure to infectious diseases while providing opportunities for same-species interaction is critical to kitten development. However, in general, mixing should only be considered for very young, healthy kittens who are not ready for adoption. Ultimately, a case-by-case decision will be required to determine if the benefits of same-species interaction outweigh the risk of […]

Understanding Vascular Ring Anomaly in Kittens

2024-04-29T21:39:49-04:00May 1st, 2024|

What Is Vascular Ring Anomaly in Kittens?

Vascular ring anomaly is a congenital disorder of the aorta (the main artery of the body that carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body) or related arteries that involves partial or complete entrapment and compression of the esophagus, trachea or both.

Vascular ring anomaly […]

Hairballs and Vomiting…What’s It All About?

2024-04-26T10:52:04-04:00April 25th, 2024|

Vomiting a hairball now and then is, at best, an unpleasant experience for both a cat and her human companion. A cat who needs to get rid of a hairball may hack, gag, retch or vomit. What comes up could be mucus, mucus with a bit of hair or food in it or a […]

Atresia Ani in Kittens

2024-04-02T03:42:37-04:00April 1st, 2024|

What Is Atresia Ani in Kittens?

Atresia ani is a congenital condition that occurs due to an embryonic developmental failure of the large intestine to normally connect with the anus, preventing normal defecation.

The condition presents in kittens as four types of anomalies (deviations from normal):

  • Type I: Congenital anal stenosis, or narrowing
  • Type II: Imperforate […]

Coccidiosis in Kittens

2024-03-08T13:38:40-05:00March 5th, 2024|

What Is Coccidiosis?

Coccidiosis is an intestinal tract infection caused by coccidia. Although coccidia live in the intestines, they are not worms. Rather, they are protozoan (single-celled) parasites.

The two most common species of coccidia found in cats are Isospora felis and Isospora rivolta. They are host-specific, meaning a cat can only transmit an infection to […]

Nasopharyngeal Polyps in Kittens and Cats

2024-02-23T00:20:07-05:00February 6th, 2024|

What Are Nasopharyngeal Polyps in Kittens and Cats?
Nasopharyngeal (refers to the upper part of the pharynx/throat that connects with the nasal cavity above the soft palate) polyps are benign, inflammatory tissue masses that develop in the middle ear, the compartment just behind the eardrum. As polyps enlarge, they grow down the eustachian tube, which […]

Aspiration Pneumonia in Kittens

2024-04-03T23:45:56-04:00January 2nd, 2024|

What Is Aspiration Pneumonia?

Aspiration pneumonia may occur in kittens when materials, such as milk replacement formula, medications or stomach contents, are inhaled into the lungs. These materials cause the lungs to become inflamed and makes the lungs more susceptible to infection. If adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs is disrupted, […]

Kittens and Cats: Handle with Care

2024-04-03T23:51:40-04:00December 5th, 2023|

The Importance of Gentle Handling

Felines of all ages should be handled gently, carefully and respectfully, and kittenhood is the ideal time to introduce gentle handling. Fosters play an important role in preparing kittens to be comfortable being handled by different people, including staff and volunteers in animal shelters and rescue organizations, adoptive families, veterinary […]

Providing a Consistent Diet to Kittens and Cats

2023-10-26T17:50:10-04:00October 31st, 2023|

The Importance of Providing a Consistent Diet to Kittens and Cats

While feeding a consistent diet is important for all cats, it is especially important to feed kittens a consistent diet due to their developing gastrointestinal system. Diarrhea is a very common occurrence in kittens and can often be attributed to an inconsistent diet or […]

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