Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Danger to Humans

cat scratching imageUsually cats are not aggressive to people, but they might scratch or bite when they are playing.

As a prevention wounds caused by cats should be cleaned with an antiseptic. Scratches can infect. If this happens to you then you should go to a doctor.

Symptoms of fever after being scratched by a cat can mean fever-of-cats.

The saliva of cats, alike what happens with other animals, can transmit rabies. If bitten by a cat in an area where there may be rabies, you should seek a doctor immediately.

Other diseases and infections may be transmitted to humans, such as toxoplasmosis, which can be present in the feces of cats. Unlike the rabies, these diseases are not serious, but you should maintain good rules of hygiene. Toxoplasmosis that is a disease of which toxoplasma gondii is the causative agent can be dangerous for pregnant women.

To minimize the risks of getting an infection there are important rules of good hygiene, in handling the litter box, and keeping the objects that are in contact with the cat, as his bed (or the place where he sleeps), cleaned. And if the cat shows signs of an infection, these objects should be disinfected.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cat Kidney Disease

Cat Drinking ImageSymptoms of kidney disease is a growing thirst, frequent urination, loss of weight, difficulty in breathing and ulcers in the mouth of the animal.

The kidney disease may be chronic or acute. For both of them a veterinarian should be consulted.

Older cats tend to suffer more chronic illness. As the cats age there is more chances for the kidneys to deteriorate. In this case, for the cat to survive a careful diet and appropriate medical treatment is needed.

Younger cats are more suffer more acute kidney disease. This is usually caused by an infection and is accompanied by symptoms such as vomiting and dehydration.

Remember that if the cat shows an excessive thirst and urinates often, these are signs of kidney disease.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cat urine problems

cat urinatingThe urine of cats should present a clear yellow. The cat must urinate with ease. If effort is needed for the cat to urinate and the urine is cloudy or without color, the cat may be sick.

Infections in the bladder, kidney diseases or diabetes are some of the urinary problems that cats may suffer.

In the feline urological syndrome, the bladder is blocked, making that the cat has to endeavor to urinate, expelling bloody urine. It is a painful process that requires immediate attention by a veterinarian.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cat Gums

cat gums imageUsually cats don't have dental caries. But gums disease can cause loss of teeth.

Therefore, you must examine the cat's mouth regularly. The cat should be accustomed to have his/her mouth examined up, from kitten.

Brushing the teeth of your cat
You can avoid most problems in your cat's teeth just by brushing his/her teeth. This can be done with a special toothpaste or a solution of water and salt.

Usually dental problems in cats are due to the accumulation of plaque, which can cause gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or an infection in the tooth, causing an abscess.

Begins to appear a dark red line along the gums. The gum will back as the inflammation develops which may lead to loss of teeth. You should consult your veterinarian quickly.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cat Flu

Cat Flu Image
There are several viruses that attack the respiratory system of the cat causing what is known as "cat flu".

Cats can be vaccinated against certain viruses. But there is no vaccine for all of them.

Treatment is based on antibiotics that are administered for some time, after which there must be major nursing care with the cat at home. The sick cat should be kept warm.

Some symptoms of cat flu are the eyes and nose dripping, sneezing and coughing.

Treatment by a veterinarian is very important to get soon as feline influenza can be severe and spread quickly.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cat Appetite Loss

Cat Loss of Appetite ImageLoss of appetite can be caused by a disease. But it may be just a normal behavior of the cat, for example due to warm weather, or due to the fact that the food is not fresh.

You should not try to force your cat to eat. You should try another type of food, giving the cat snacks. Heat several times a day (at the temperature of the body of the animal) food that the cat likes to see if he/she eats. Make sure to give your cat fresh food. After 10 minutes, the food that is not eaten should be removed.

If the cat refuses to eat any food for over 24 hours then you should take your cat to a veterinarian.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cat Vomiting

Cat Vomiting ImageVomiting one time or another may be normal in cats. It may be a reaction to defend themselves from something that they have swallowed, or it may just be to get rid of the balls that have settled in their stomach.

But the vomiting may also indicate a serious illness, especially if it persists, and is accompanied by blood or diarrhea.

If the cat show pain in the abdomen and demonstrate an excessive thirst, he/she may have been poisoned.

Either way, if the vomiting persists, with the cat vomiting continuously, then you should consult a veterinarian immediately.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cat Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by several types of health problems. It can be a symptom of an intolerance to foods, can result from an allergy, or may be a result of a disease such as infectious enteritis of cats.

cat diarrheaIf diarrhea persists, you should take your cat to the veterinarian who will examine your cat. He will start by verifying whether the abdomen is swollen.

If nothing is done to treat diarrhea, the cat can die of dehydration.