Bleeding in cats may be a minor incident or a major one. The amount of bleeding and the location of the bleeding all pay a factor in the seriousness of the condition. If in any doubt, it is always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian. Most cases of bleeding have a simple cause and are not life-threatening, however, some do have serious causes.
The heart is a part of the circulatory system which is responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. It is susceptible to a number of disorders which may be congenital (present at birth) or develop later in life.
Cat poop is something most pet owners would rather not spend time thinking about let alone studying, but our cat’s poop can give us a window into their overall health. Did you know, there is a well-known chart known as the Bristol stool chart which identifies the different types of feces we pass.
Drooling in cats at a glance
Drooling occurs when saliva falls out of the mouth. Unlike dogs, cats are not prone to drooling. There are some cases when drooling is normal, for example, when a cat is happy (and kneading), they sometimes drool, or due to certain bitter-tasting medications.
Drooling can occur when there is an overproduction of saliva, spillage of saliva from the mouth or an inability to swallow saliva, there are many possible causes which include:
Treatment will depend on the underlying cause.
Ataxia (pronounced a-tak-sia) is defined as a loss of muscle coordination (incoordination/unsteady gait) which is caused by disorders which affect your cat’s sense of motion, and it is a symptom of an underlying condition and not a disease in itself.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is an endocrine disorder in which the pancreas doesn’t make enough (or any) insulin due to the destruction of the pancreatic beta cells (type 1 diabetes) or the cells within the body fail to respond to insulin, known as insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). Glucose levels build up in the blood, but they cannot enter the cells, where it provides energy.
Most of the complications relate to uncontrolled diabetes, which highlights the importance of careful control and regularly monitoring your cat.
What is neutering?
Also known as desexing, or castration, neutering is the removal of the testes in the male cat, to prevent him from fathering kittens.
Lumps and bumps on cats at a glance
- Tumours (benign and cancerous)
- Skin horns
- Contact dermatitis
- Miliary dermatitis
- Feline acne
- Ear hematoma
- Injection site granuloma
- Insect bite or sting
- Rodent ulcer
- Sebaceous cysts
- Umbilical hernia
Thorough physical examination and additional tests depending on the veterinarian’s index of suspicion. Standard diagnostics for lumps and bumps include imaging studies, biopsy, cytology and histopathology.
What is an infection?
An infection occurs when a disease-causing organism (known as a pathogen) enters the body obtaining nourishment and reproducing and causing harm.
There are a significant number of infectiou agents which can affect cats. They fall into several categories depending on the pathogen (disease-causing microorganism).