Monthly Archives: April 2018

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“Cats never listen. They’re dependable that way; when Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.”
― Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

New Study Shows Link Between Kidney & Dental Disease In Cats

New research shows a link between dental and kidney disease in cats.

If you’ve been putting off that dental your cat needs, maybe you should drop everything and call the veterinary dentist right now. A new study confirms what vets have suspected for a long time: There’s a link between dental and chronic kidney disease in cats.

The study, reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, looked at 56,414 cats who had periodontal disease when their vet clinics enrolled them in the study. Researchers followed them for 11 years.

Which Cats Are Most At Risk Of Kidney Disease?

In addition to the link between dental and kidney disease in cats, the researchers found older, spayed/neutered, female purebred cats were most likely to develop chronic kidney disease.Other risk factors included more dental cleanings than cats in a control group, recent anesthesia and  FVRCP  vaccinations.

And it’s not just the link between dental and kidney disease that causes concern. Cats with dental disease are more prone to heart disease, cystitis, diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and other health issues.

“The authors conclude that breed, age and severity of dental disease are all risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease in domestic cats,” Wynn writes. “Purebreds are likely at increased risk compared to mixed breed cats, likely due to genetic influences.”


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What To Do About The Link Between Dental And Kidney Disease In Cats

If nothing else, the study provides some talking points for you to bring up next time you see your vet. A couple of easy answers are to refuse those FVRCP  vaccinations, because, after their kitten shots and boosters, your cats don’t need them anyway. And care for your cats’ teeth as carefully as you care for your own.
Brush you cats’ teeth regularly. See if they’ll eat dental treats and chews. And try to eliminate or cut way back on dry food. Cats don’t actually chew dry food. They either swallow it whole or manage to splinter it with their teeth. When it splinters, it manages to work its way under the gums, causing dental disease.
Raw meat is another way to keep your cats’ teeth clean. Mine love big chunks of raw beef. They tear and shred them and eat the way cats’ are designed to eat.
Here’s a good video on brushing your cats’ teeth.
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Caring For Diabetic Cats |The American Animal Hospital Association Has New Guidelines

The American Animal Hospital Association has new guidelines for caring for diabetic cats.

The American Animal Hospital Association has new guidelines for veterinarians caring for diabetic cats. Among their suggestions are some things the lay experts at Felinediabetes.com have been recommending for years: home testing and an all-wet-food diet for diabetic cats.

One in 230 cats has diabetes, according to Zoetis, the manufacturer of Revolution, Clavamox and other medications for animals. Like other experts, Zoetis says feline diabetes is often under diagnosed. A recent study reported by the Winn Feline Foundation found that the top risk factors for feline diabetes are obesity, an inactive strictly-indoors lifestyle, repeated steroid injections and an all- or mostly-dry food diet.

Caring For Diabetic Cats

In its guidelines, the AAHA says remission is a “reasonable goal” for diabetic cats. 

Among its suggestions for caring for diabetic cats:


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  • Use Lantus, Levemir or Prozinc insulin, and start with a very low dose. You can gradually work your way up to a therapeutic level.
  • Give the insulin every 12 hours. Although Lantus and Levemir are labeled as once-a-day insulins for humans, most cats do better with two doses a day.
  • Use “creative feeding tools,” like food puzzles, especially for obese cats. 
  • Diabetic cats should have high protein, low-carb diets. “Canned foods are preferred over dry foods,” the AAHA says. The guidelines discourage high-fiber foods. 
  • Do blood glucose curves at home to avoid high numbers caused by the stress of being in the hospital. 
  • Help With Caring For Diabetic Cats

    Caring for diabetic cats can be difficult and scary, at least at first. The Feline Diabetes Message Board is a wonderful source of information and support. The board also has a Facebook page.
    Next time you see your vet, you might want to print the AAHA’s guidelines on caring for diabetic cats and take them with you. It can be difficult for vets to stay up to speed on every illness they treat, and your vet might find the new guidelines very helpful.

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    “Cats are cats . . . the world over!
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    ese intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
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