Cytauxzoonosis (Bobcat Fever) in Cats

Cytauxzoonosis in cats

What is cytauxzoonosis?   Transmission   Symptoms   Diagnosis   Treatment   Prevention


What is cytauxzoonosis?

Also known as bobcat fever, cytauxzoonosis is a severe and often fatal blood-borne parasitic infection caused by the protozoal organism Cytauxzoon felis. Its natural host is the bobcat (Lynx rufus), who harbours the parasite with mild or subclinical effects.

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Tick Borne Diseases in Cats

Tick borne diseases in cats

What are ticks?   Lyme disease  Cytauxzoonosis    Tularemia   Hemobartonellosis   Babesiosis   Tick paralysis

What are ticks?

Ticks are small ectoparasites, meaning they live on the outside of their host, and are members of the arachnid family (spiders and mites are also members of this family). There are over 800 species of tick, and their distribution is worldwide. Australia has around 70 species of tick. There are several diseases cats can pick up from tick bites which we will cover below.

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Cat Urinating Outside Litter Tray

Cat urinating outside litter tray
Inappropriate urination is one of the most common issues that cat owners face and causes a huge amount of frustration and is one of the most common reasons why cat owners surrender a cat to a shelter. Most cats are fastidiously clean animals and prefer to go to the toilet in a clean place where they can bury their urine and feces. There are many reasons which can loosely be broken into two causes; medical or behavioural.

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How To Help Your Local Shelter

I recently found out about an animal shelter in my small town and got in touch with the lady who runs it to see if I could take any of her dogs out. As an active runner, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone. Get a shelter dog out for an hour or so, and I could enjoy the company of a canine companion. So I have been taking little Nina the Kelpie out once or twice a week for a short run. The lady who runs the shelter is an amazing woman, but she is so overworked and always in need of assistance. It got me thinking about the different ways we can help shelters out, not just financially, but in many other ways too.

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Blood Transfusion For Cats

Blood transfusion in cats

About     Indications     Blood groups     Donor requirements     Procedure     Risks


A blood transfusion is a life-saving procedure where blood or blood products from a donor are given to a cat to treat a medical disorder. This may be whole blood (containing all four components of the blood) or blood components (plasma, platelets, etc.).

Blood is a part of the circulatory system which comprises of the blood, blood vessels, and the heart. It carries oxygen and nutrients around the body and removes waste products such as carbon dioxide. The average 5kg cat has about 325ml of blood. 

Blood has four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.

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Can Cats Eat Bones?

Can cats eat bones?

Can cats eat bones?

The feeding of raw bones is a controversial topic for cat lovers as well as veterinarians. Some swear by feeding them; others consider it to be a risky practice and recommend avoiding bones altogether. In the wild, a cat would live on a diet of small rodents and birds. Almost all of the animal is consumed, including bones, flesh, organs and the contents of the stomach.

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