Hair: The Long and Short of It (Part 1)

2022-11-15T02:38:43-05:00November 8th, 2022|

In part 1 of this 3-part series, we discuss what hair is, hair types and how hair grows. We discuss hair colors, patterns and lengths in part 2 and grooming in part 3.

When is a furball not a hairball? When it’s a kitten!  Although people may use the words fur and hair interchangeably, fur […]

Weaning Kittens: From the Milk Bar to the Buffet (Part 2)

2022-11-01T04:58:26-04:00November 1st, 2022|

In part 2 of this 2-part series, we discuss different weaning methods. In part 1, we discussed what weaning is and when it occurs.

Once kittens have started sampling the queen’s food, the process of offering them solid food can begin. NOTE: When the queen is available, kittens may comfort nurse, but not actually get all […]

Celebrating Mini Panthers: National Black Cat Day

2022-10-25T04:41:51-04:00October 25th, 2022|

Many of us love black cats 365 days a year. But on October 27, everyone should join in the appreciation of these dusky beauties in celebration of National Black Cat Day.

Started in 2011 by a British charity called Cats Protection, National Black Cat Day is intended to raise awareness of how lovely and personable […]

Weaning Kittens: From the Milk Bar to the Buffet

2022-10-23T13:54:04-04:00October 18th, 2022|

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we discuss what weaning is and when it occurs. In part 2, we discuss different weaning methods.

Weaning, transitioning from the queen’s milk or milk replacement formula to solid food, is a significant, and often stressful, process for kittens. Prior to weaning, neonates require frequent access to the […]

Understanding, Preventing and Treating Refeeding Syndrome: Part 2

2022-10-04T16:56:25-04:00October 4th, 2022|

This is part 2 of a 2-article series on refeeding syndrome. It focuses on prevention and treatment. Part 1 focused on understanding the causes.

To prevent a kitten from having further complications from malnutrition or starvation, it’s critical to slowly reintroduce nutrition in order to avoid refeeding syndrome. Providing nutrition should only be done after […]

Understanding, Preventing and Treating Refeeding Syndrome: Part 1

2022-10-04T17:00:34-04:00September 27th, 2022|

This is part 1 of a 2-article series. It focuses on understanding the causes of refeeding syndrome. Part 2 focuses on prevention and treatment.

Refeeding syndrome refers to metabolic abnormalities that can be a devastating and often fatal consequence of rapid reintroduction of nutrition after a period of starvation or malnutrition. Refeeding syndrome is most […]

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 […]

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