Content tagged "cat health"

Intestinal Parasites

Companion Animals Updated: April 21, 2016

Introduction Internal parasites can be found in many different organs and tissues of an animal’s body. One area commonly targeted is the intestines....

Hairballs in Cats

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

 Hairballs are a classic feline ailment.  Cats are meticulous groomers, and their tongues have tiny barbs that pull out loose hairs while grooming.  These...

Nuclear Sclerosis vs. Cataracts in Companion Animals

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Nuclear sclerosis is a very common eye defect in older animals and is commonly mistaken for cataracts in companion animals. Nuclear sclerosis results in a...

Remove a Tick from Your Pet in a Few Simple Steps

Companion Animals Updated: April 08, 2016

To remove a tick from a pet in just a few simple steps, please do the following. We have included a video from the TickEncounter Resource Center for your...

Weight-Control Diets for Dogs and Cats: Reading the Label

Companion Animals Updated: November 16, 2015

When choosing a weight-control or low-calorie pet food, pet owners are faced with a large number of products and product types. Understanding what products...

Feeding Senior Cats

Companion Animals Updated: May 20, 2013

As cats age, their nutrient needs change too. Cat owners should pay close attention to changes in their cat and consult with their veterinarian about signs...

When my cat hisses at me, I notice her breath smells bad. Is something wrong?

Companion Animals Updated: July 27, 2012

Bad breath is common in cats and is generally termed oral malodor (halitosis). In general, it can be attributed to the protein-rich diet leaving food debris...

Body Condition Scoring Your Cat

Companion Animals Updated: May 24, 2012

More than half the cats in the United States are not at their ideal body weight. Obesity is a common concern and can result in health issues such as...

Taurine Requirement of Cats

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

While cat owners may have heard that they need to feed their cats a diet containing taurine, the reason may be unclear. Taurine, an amino acid found...

Pet Food Labels: Terms Used to Describe Pet Food Types

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

There are a variety of terms used on pet food labels that appear to indicate the quality of the product. These terms are primarily used on dog and cat food...

Ectoparasites: Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange Mites

Companion Animals Updated: May 29, 2011

Mange is a skin condition caused by mange mites - arachnids that live in the skin and cause irritation for our companion animals. There are two types of...

Feline Vaccine Guidelines

Companion Animals Updated: April 29, 2011

Introduction Why does my kitten need so many shots? Does my cat need to be vaccinated every year? These common questions about vaccinations don’t necessarily...

Ectoparasites: Fleas

Companion Animals Updated: February 14, 2011

The most common external parasite of the dog and cat is the flea. Fleas love warm, humid environments and do not survive for long periods in extreme heat,...

Basics of Pregnancy and Birth in the Cat

Companion Animals Updated: February 11, 2011

Basics of Pregnancy and Birth in the Cat Once a cat has been successfully mated, it takes up to two weeks for the fertilized egg to reach and implant itself...

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