The weaning process is the transition from drinking milk to eating solids which occurs gradually over several weeks. Kittens begin to show an interest in food around four weeks of age. At this time, they are still nursing frequently from their mother, but begin to eat a small amount of food; this gradually increases as the weeks go by.
About: A cesarean section is a medical procedure where kittens are delivered via a surgical incision in the female cat’s abdomen. This procedure is necessary when a vaginal delivery will put the mother or her babies at risk.
Causes: Maternal: Uterine prolapse, uterine torsion, uterine inertia, uterine rupture, narrow birth canal. Fetal: malformation, difficult presentation, large fetus, fetal death.
Symptoms: Straining for an extended period without producing a kitten, gestation longer than 68 days, fever, dark or red discharge from the vagina.
The average cat should consume 8 fluid ounces or 240 ml of water per day from food and drinking water. The type of food the cat eats will determine how much additional water he or she will need to drink.
Pleural effusion is an abnormal buildup of fluid up in the pleural cavity, the thin fluid-filled space that lies between the lungs and the chest wall.
Two membranes line the thorax and lungs, and the space between naturally has a small amount of fluid, which helps to lubricate the lungs as he breathes in and out. Small blood vessels in the pleural lining produce this fluid, blood and lymph nodes take away excess fluid to keep it all in balance.
Can a litter of kittens have multiple fathers?
Yes, this is entirely possible. A queen is in heat (estrus) for 1 – 4 days, during this period she will mate several times, and potentially with several different males.
When do kittens open their eyes?
All kittens are born with their eyes closed, which enables the eyes to continue developing after birth and protect them from light. The kitten’s eyes will begin to open from 7 to 10 days post-birth.
Can cats eat chicken liver?
Yes, chicken liver is safe for cats to eat in moderation, but must only make up a small percentage of your cat’s diet — 5 % at most per week. Liver contains many nutrients which are essential to good health. However, the liver stores vitamin A and cats who consumes moderate to large amounts are at risk of vitamin A toxicosis. This is a slow and progressive disease that can take months to develop, in some cases, irreversible damage has occurred.
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.
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.
What is hayfever?
Medically known as allergic rhinitis, hayfever is a type of allergic reaction to pollen. Normally the immune system ignores harmless substances, but some cats develop an inappropriate immune response to pollen characterised by sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose.