Your cat's claws are an amazing part of the anatomy which performs a number of important functions. Located at the end of each toe, these scythe shaped appendages are used to help the cat climb trees, balance, gripping prey, defend against attacks from other animals, and assist with grooming and protects the toes (digits).
Also known as 'dirofilariasis', heartworm disease (HW) is a serious parasitic infection caused by the nematode Dirofilaria immitis which lives in the pulmonary arteries, lungs, and hearts of cats. Heartworms are a type of roundworm, with adult heartworms reaching a length of 12 to 30 cm.
Antihistamines are a class of drug which block the effects of histamine, a chemical produced by the mast cells and basophils in response to a real (bacteria/virus/fungus) or perceived (allergen such as dust) invasion.
Secondary poisoning occurs when a cat eats an animal which has itself ingested a poison. The most common form of secondary poisoning in cats is when they eat a rat or mouse which has eaten rodenticide. Secondary poisoning can also occur when cats consume prey such as rabbits who have been poisoned with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).
As cats age their claws can become thickened, brittle and overgrown, and eventually curl in on themselves, cutting into the paw pad. The claws on the front feet are most commonly affected. There are a number of reasons your cat's claws may overgrow as he ages.
Also known as saddle thrombosis, aortic thromboembolism (abbreviated to ATE or FATE) is a life-threatening condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the heart and then all or part of it dislodges and travels down the abdominal aorta where it eventually becomes lodged at the junction of the iliac arteries of the hind legs which.
What breed is the calico cat?
Also known as 'tricolour or tortie and white' the calico isn't a breed rather a coat colour. Calico cats have a white base coat with patches of red and black.
An umbilical hernia is an opening in the abdominal wall at the site of the umbilicus (belly button). The umbilical cord attaches between the mother and her unborn kittens, passing from the placenta attached to the wall of the queen's (mother cat) uterus through a hole in the unborn kitten's abdomen known as the 'umbilical ring'. Once the kitten is born, the umbilical ring should close within a few days, however, in some kittens, this doesn't happen which can result in abdominal contents such as visceral fat and sometimes part of the small intestine protruding (or herniating) through it.