Cat Health Care

Canine and feline bladder and kidney stones

The Canine and feline kidneys have many important functions.  Among them are: to filter metabolic waste such as urea, mineral salts, and various toxins from circulating blood; to help regulate the volume of body fluids and the blood levels of important chemicals and hormones; to initiate the recirculation of purified blood throughout an animal’s system; and to facilitate the excretion of the filtered-out waste products (mixed with water to form urine) before they reach toxic concentrations in the body. Most

Ear Mites: Tiny Critters that can Pose a Major Problem

Ear Problems  in general are uncommon in cats, but among the afflictions that do occur, ear-mite infestation is frequently diagnosed. Although it can’t hop or fly, an ear mite—otherwise known as Otodectes cynotis—can crawl. And if one of these miniscule parasites enters your cat’s ear, makes itself at home, and starts to breed, it can cause major damage unless promptly evicted. The typical external signs are quite obvious: the cat’s outer ear is likely to be inflamed, and the animal will

Feline-Canine Arthritis: Known as Degenerative Joint Disease

Feline-Canine Arthritis: Known as Degenerative Joint Disease

The most frequently diagnosed feline-canine  joint disorder is osteoarthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). This condition may be caused by an injury to a joint, by gradual wear and tear on a joint that takes place over time, or as the secondary consequence of a disease that compromises the internal structure of a joint. In all cases, DJD is characterized by the erosion of cartilage, the smooth tissue that protects the ends of bones from rubbing directly against one

What is Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion (FORL)?

Within each of a cat’s teeth is a chamber (root canal) that contains tissue made up of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and nerves. This tissue, which communicates with the rest of the animal’s body, is surrounded by a bony substance called dentin, which accounts for the bulk of the tooth’s structure. In a condition known as a tooth resorption –formerly referred to as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) or cervical line lesion—the dentin in a single tooth (or several simultaneously)

What is Feline Obesity? How to measure it?

Body weight that is 20 percent or more above normal weight—is the most frequently observed nutritional disorder among domestic cats. Its clinical signs are clearly apparent and, when observed, should be taken seriously and addressed without delay. Obesity will certainly inhibit a cat’s normal penchant for physical activity and surely compromise its quality of life. Significant overweight can also exacerbate several serious disorders. Among the conditions potentially aggravated by overweight are osteoarthritis, which is characterized by the erosion of cartilage, the

Protect your cats against Heartworms

Before discussing the Heartworms treatment options, it is very important to understand more about the heartworm disease, its life cycle and how it gets transmitted to cats. Contrary to common belief, indoor cats are also susceptible to getting heartworm disease; in fact nearly one-third cats suffering from the disease are indoor only cats. Let’s start with learning about heartworm disease. What is Heartworm disease? Heartworms, in general, are blood-borne parasites (named Dirofilaria Immitis) that reside in the heart or adjoining large blood