Effects of Poisoning on Different Body Systems in Cats

Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for several reasons.

  • When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
  • If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
  • The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
  • Contact with a toxic substance that is then ingested when the cat grooms
  • Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
  • Deliberate poisoning
  • Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)

Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.

Effects of poisoning on different body systems

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Medical Causes of Inappropriate Urination in Cats

Medical causes of inappropriate urination in cats
  • Arthritis
  • Declawing
  • Cystitis
  • Bladder stones
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Hyperthyroidism

Inappropriate urination occurs when a cat urinates outside the litter tray which may have a behavioural or medical cause. Medical causes can be further divided into pain, increased urine production, increased urgency to urinate and cognitive dysfunction.

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Adopting After Losing A Pet

Adopting a cat after losing a pet

Adopting After Pet Loss

In the interest of transparency, this article is an opinion piece, as as far as I am aware, there is no data on when pet parents should bring a new pet into the home after a loss. We all know the devastation of losing a beloved cat, they leave such a massive hole in our lives, and it is natural for us to feel a sense of loss. Therapists are starting to recognise the depth of grief pet owners experience when faced with the loss of a pet. Cats give us so much; they give us love, attention, warmth, comfort, companionship and a sense of purpose (they rely on us to care for them). No wonder they leave such a hole in our lives when we lose them.

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Can Cats See in the Dark?

Can cats see in the dark?

Can cats see in the dark?

Cats cannot see in complete darkness, but they do have superior night time vision compared to humans. A cat’s exceptional ability to see in low light is due to several features. Combined, these give the cat an advantage when it comes to night vision.

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Feeding Cats in Multi-Cat Households

Feeding cats in a multi-cat household can be a challenge for pet owners, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to feed cats separate diets.

  • One cat is on a medication that is mixed into the food
  • An obese cat who is on a weight-controlled diet
  • To prevent one cat from eating all the food which means another cat misses out
  • Cats on a prescription or therapeutic diet, for example, hyperthyroidism, urinary or kidney disease

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Third Eyelid Showing in Cats

At a glance

About: The third eyelid is an opaque membrane underneath the outer eyelids that protects the cornea.

Causes of a visible third eyelid:

  • Haw’s disease
  • Ocular pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cherry eye
  • Foreign body
  • Feline dysautonomia
  • Tetanus
  • Fat or muscle atrophy
  • Dehydration

Diagnosis: A thorough physical and ophthalmologic examination as well as diagnostic testing.

Treatment: This will depend on the underlying cause.

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Can Cats Eat Apples?

Can cats eat apples?

At a glance

Cats can eat the fruit of the apple, but avoid the seeds which contain amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when crushed.

Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, fibre and polyphenolic compounds.

Cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat for several essential nutrients, fruit, vegetables and other treats should only make up a small part of a cat’s diet.

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