Bladder worms are small, hair-like worms (they are known as hairworms) which are between 16-50 mm in length, females are larger than males. The worms attach to, or bury themselves into the bladder mucosa and sometimes in the pelvis of the kidney or urethra of the host. Infection is known as capillariasis.
It is a common practice among multi-cat households to have several cats eat out of the same bowl. To be perfectly honest, it's not something I had thought about until I saw a recent article on feeding dogs from separate bowls, which had me asking if it was a better thing for cats, too.
Obviously one bowl is easy. It saves space, less washing up, easier all around, but what about the cats?
Cowpox is a rare viral skin infection caused by the cowpox virus which is a member of the Orthopoxvirus family and a close relative of the now eradicated smallpox virus, which was responsible for the deaths of between 200 - 300 million people in the 20th century.
Recently Nationwide, the largest provider of pet insurance in the US reported an increase in obesity-related claims for the sixth year in a row. Data from 2015 shows that 1.3 million claims amounting to $60 million US were filed for obesity-related health conditions in cats and dogs. This is up from $54 million US in 2014.
Your veterinarian may recommend your cat be put on a bland diet if he has had a recent bout of sickness affecting his gastrointestinal tract, has a medical condition which causes nausea, or needs an easily digestible food. The purpose of putting a cat on a bland diet is to allow the decrease peristalsis, the contraction of the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, and allow it to rest and heal before introducing more difficult to digest foods.
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).
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.