The world is currently in the grip of a pandemic due to a novel form of coronavirus which was first reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China on 31st December 2019. The virus is thought to have originated from Chinese horseshoe bats and jumped species via an intermediate host, possibly a pangolin which is a delicacy in Chinese culture, and from the pangolin to humans.
Physical signs a cat is dying at a glance
The physical process of dying can take months depending on the diagnosis and is divided into two stages.
- Early or pre-active dying – The weeks leading up to death, this is associated with a terminal illness such as cancer or kidney disease.
- Active dying?– This process lasts from 3 days to a few hours when the cat’s body begins the physical process of shutting down.
Most of us know how much cats love to catch and eat flies; we’ve even given them the name ‘sky raisins‘. While most of us find the thought of eating a fly repulsive, cats don’t share our disgust. Being natural-born predators, cats are hardwired to hunt.
Feline acne is a non-contagious skin condition characterised by blackheads (comedones) which develop on the chin of affected cats. Common symptoms of feline acne include blackheads, hair loss, redness, swelling, inflammation and in advanced cases, firm, painful nodules with draining lesions.
Are all kittens born with blue eyes?
Yes, all kittens are born with blue eyes. Most cat lovers know that kittens are born with their eyes fused shut until seven to ten days post-birth and when they do open, the irises are blue. The colour in a cat’s irises comes from melanin, the same pigment which gives the coat its colour.
Cats don’t appreciate dirty food or water bowls any more than we do, and proper hygiene is a must. Caked on food is a harbour for pathogens which include E-coli, Listeria and Salmonella which not only puts cats at risk but ourselves too. Old pet food also causes the food bowl to smell which can be offputting to cats.
Taking a pet to the veterinarian can be a stressful time for the pet as well as the pet owner. There are ways we can make the trip easier for our pet, ourselves, other pets and their owners and the veterinary staff.
Best cat breeds for first-time cat owners at a glance
Cat breeds come in all shapes, sizes and personality, and pet owners must choose carefully before bringing a new pet into the home. This article looks at cat breeds which are suitable for novice or first-time owners. The criteria I have based these breeds on include overall health, a friendly personality but not too needy and ease of care.
Included is a star rating for independence, with * meaning they are less independent and **** meaning they are more independent.
What are struvite stones?
Struvite stones are rock-hard minerals (uroliths) which form in the urinary bladder and are composed of magnesium, ammonium and phosphate. Struvite and calcium oxalate are the most common type of stones in cats. Less common stones include ammonium biurate, cystine and uric acid.
Reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac – Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic
How are some male cats calico or tortie?
Calico and tortie cats are almost always female, which we have covered in our article on calico cats. To recap, cats have 19 chromosome pairs, 18 autosomes and the sex chromosome pair of XX or XY. The chromosomes are located within the nucleus of every cell. Each chromosome is made up of matching pairs, which provides information from the mother and the father. Genes are located on the chromosomes and are tiny segments of DNA which act as a code that specifies the production of a protein, which do most of the work within the cells and are essential for the function and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues.