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There are endless discussions on what's healthy food for a cat, b ut most of the advice comes from cat food manufacturers. Here's the vet's view on it
Feline urine tests will tell you much more about a cat's health status than a random (i.e. 'wellness') blood sample, and is the only way to detect a feline urinary tract infection.
Simple everyday solutions available in my new downloadable PDF
Not every cat vet is Feline Friendly. Here's how to spot one that will build a rewarding veterinary relationship for you and your favorite feline.
Here’s how to go about feline feline flea proofing your home and making if a less friendly place for cat fleas and a safer place for your pet cat.
Old cat care is often regarded as the end of the line. But the way you treat and respect geriatric felines can have a significant impact on their longevity and wellbeing.
Cat bad breath (aka "fish breath") is unpleasant and a sign of other medical issues. Discover what causes feline halitosis and how it can be treated and prevented.
Cat Diabetes Symptoms are often difficult to spot and treat. Here's how to tell if you have a feline diabetic.
Does your cat seem out of sorts? Here are the sick cat symptoms that will help you decide if a trip to the vet is needed
“Dogs have masters, cats have “staff”. So what pet cat care do you need to do to keep the feline master or mistress healthy and happy in your home?
My new book "The Secrets To Owning A Happy (Fat) Fit and Contented Cat" demonstrates how to tell if your cat has diabetes.
The symptoms are classically the same for cats as in people –they drink large amounts of water, eat more food but still lose weight and pass large volumes of urine.
However, there is no typical diabetic cat, and the diagnosis usually comes as a surprise to owners (and sometimes to vets as well).
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Highly evolved as hypercarnivores and hunters of small prey, the original cat lived alone.
After all, in their world you’re only sharing your mouse with your kitten aren’t you!
However, they are also small enough to be prey themselves, so there is every chance that a cat slowed by sickness is going to be consumed by something further up the food chain. Cats are prey for owls, hawks, foxes and dogs (in general of course!). So as soon as they feel vulnerable and unwell, cats either instinctively hide, or hide theirsigns of illness, even from their owners.
Zoo keepers are much more useful at detecting illness in their charges than the zoo vetcould ever be just using tests and interventions and that is one of the reasons zoo keepers tend to stay for a long time in their positions. They need to know every individual and its habits, and they, like cat owners, need to know that small differences and nuances are meaningful.
Since a cat “is still only a whisker away from the wilds” (Poet Jean Burden) the same applies for your mini tiger-on-the-hearth.
You need to know what your cat’s ‘normal’ is so you can quickly spot and changes and I cover this and a lot more in my new book. Please do read it and let me know what you think. Here's the link...
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One great recent question about collecting cat urine recently is "what if my pet cat goes and kicks the litter tray after peeing? "
My answer: If you use one of the 'plastic type' solutions, eg Kit4Kats or the plastic straws on top of absorbent paper, you should get some urine at least to check with the dipstick. (By the way you can make your own with with Scotchgard spray actually!)
The cats who 'flick' the litter are trickier. You would also need to put out something to 'capture' any urine that got flicked with the litter. Your cat may not be too determined about digging if the litter is covered with the plastic wrap and you may still get the sample anyway.
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The danger of having insulin administered by an owner is that when the treatment is no longer necessary, she can be pushed into a “hypo” coma.
This can be fatal, especially if the early symptoms go unnoticed.
As a feline vet you need to educate the cat pet owner and as a carer, you need to carefully monitor the signs and ensure that treatments are carefully regulated.
Home treatment IS manageable and following the suggestions on this page will contribute towards a happy 3-way relationship between vet, owner and cat!
Of course you want to make absolutely sure you are managing her diet as well, otherwise all your best care will be wasted!
Advanced feline treatments require a heightened awareness of the pet cat and it's owners needs. Dr Kim Kendall demonstrates the Feline Friendly approach
Do I go commercial with my feline diabetes diet? Or should I give the cat a raw diet? Even the Catkins Diet can have a place keeping the pancreas in order and supporting feline weight management.
Creating a feline friendly home does not simply mean feeding her well and providing cuddles. Your cat health care plan will make all the difference especially to sick cats with illnesses such as feline diabetes or cats with arthritis.
So it's been the holiday season and maybe your pet cat isn't as happy as you would like! There is a lot of activity around the house, maybe a sudden extra pet visiting? Oh! and Fluffy has started peeing....
One day we will know whether the cat urine spray is because of fear frustration or anger but for now, be happy that there are good ways to clean feline urine
It's too easy to accidentally leave your investigative pet cat near the Christmas Tree and tinsel. It's even a little tempting to feed your feline friend some treats because it's a special day. Read why these are not Feline Friendly and definitely not healthy things to do!
A recent article in the 'The Veterinarian' cited cat vet Andrea Harvey who is working to improve the experience vets can have of cats in the practice. She says there is 'much the average vet can do to make cats more comfortable.' And she's right, but there's a lot you can do as well as an owner and you'll find a lot of ideas in this new material from Dr Kim Kendall
Is the only way of ensuring good feline dental health to remove the cat's teeth? Dr Kim Kendall BVSc has some strong reasons for doing it even for young cats who may not have gum disease
Arthritis in cats is often hard to spot and harder to treat. But there are so many wonderful ways to deal with it these days including feline acupuncture that your sick or elderly cat does not have to unnecessarily suffer. Here's what your catvet is looking for and how you can help...
So your pet cat has been diagnosed with feline diabetes. Are you up to looking after her at home?
This survey from the BBC and the Royal Veterinary College in the UK will give you a great insight into cat behaviour when they are out and about. They also give you an opportunity to register your travel cat's tendencies! Great Reading!