Category Archives: Cat Healthcare

Feline Diabetes Risk Factors: Dry Cat Food & Cats Living Strictly Indoors

A new study shows dry food and a strictly indoor lifestyle are two risk factors for feline diabetes.

 

Getting a cat outside on a harness and leash can reduce the risk of feline diabetes.

Getting a cat outside on a harness and leash can reduce the risk of feline diabetes.

Here’s a good reason for making sure your cats get some outdoor time. Among the feline diabetes risk factors: dry food and living strictly indoors. This news comes from a study by a Swedish pet insurance company and published by the Winn Feline Foundation.

Using a Web-based survey, the insurance company looked at 396 diabetic cats and 1670 control cats. Among the findings: The risk of feline diabetes increases for inactive and moderately active cats who live strictly indoors.

All of the cats in the study were the same age.

The cats least likely to develop diabetes: females, cats who are not overweight, cats who have access to outdoors and cats who free feed (but not dry food). Living with a dog helps, too!


Top Feline Diabetes Risk Factors

Cats With Cancer – A Different Kind Of Treatment

Veterinary oncologists suggest a different, gentler kind of treatment for cats with cancer.

Cats with cancer could benefit from a different kind of treatment.

If you have a cat with cancer, he may benefit from a different kind of treatment.

Think about the sound of a metronome. It’s always steady and often slow. And now its name is inspiring a different way of treating cats with cancer.

Conventional treatment using chemotherapy for cats with cancer calls for giving the drug at the maximally tolerated dose. But patients need a rest period between treatments to allow healthy cells to repair and regenerate and to minimize side effects.

Cancer cells never rest, though. And during the break in treatment, damaged tumor blood vessels can recover along with healthy cells, lessening the benefit of the treatment.


Enter Metronomic Chemotherapy For Treating Cats With Cancer

Finally — The Truth About FIV Cats

Research confirms it! FIV cats can live with other cats without infecting them.

 

FIV cats can go outside like this one and live with other cats without infecting them.

This study could change the lives of many FIV cats.

Finally. It’s official. FIV cats can live with other cats and not infect them.

Veterinarian Annette L. Litster of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, studied more than 100 cats who were in rescue group shelters. The cats were not in cages but lived together in a group home setting. Her research was published in a recent issue of Veterinary Journal.

Litster initially tested 138 cohabiting cats with Rescue Group One. At the time, eight of the cats tested positive for FIV. The others were all negative. When she did a  second test 28 months later, the 45 negative cats who were still there were still negative. She got the same results 38 months after the first tests. By then, all but four of the negative cats and seven of the eight positive cats had been adopted.

“These results show a lack of evidence of FIV transmission, despite years of exposure to naturally-infected, FIV-positive cats in a mixed household,” she wrote.

Now if veterinarians will just read the study and believe it.


FIV Should Not Be A Death Sentence
 

High-Pitched Noises Can Cause Seizures In Cats

Who would’ve thought? Crinkling tin foil can cause seizures in cats.

High-pitched noises can cause seizures in cats.

Is your cat prone to seizures? They could be caused by a sound she hears.

If you live with an older cat, you might want to think twice about crinkling tin foil or clanking a metal spoon against a ceramic bowl. These and other high-pitched sounds can cause seizures in cats, especially elderly ones.

Audiogenic reflex seizures (FARS) was first reported in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Other sounds that can trigger FARS are tapping on glass, crinkling paper or plastic bags, tapping on a computer keyboard or clicking the mouse, clinking coins or keys, hammering a nail and even clicking your tongue.

Until recently, no one had even thought there might be a connection between loud noises and seizures in cats. But International Cat Care received so many inquiries from alarmed caretakers, the UK based charity asked neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK for help.