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KittyClysm*
A blog for cat lovers & kitty keepers everywhere. Join my pet Avery and I in our own little corner of the feline-obsessed world. Facts about cats, cat stories, training tips, & pet care advice. I talk as much as I can about it all here! Check out Elise and her great blog: https://kittyclysm.com/

Online Nursing Guide for Cats and Kittens
 
The website is from the Duquesne University School of Nursing and has great information for learning about cat behavior, nutrition, and healthy habits can make you an excellent cat owner.
Check it out: https://onlinenursing.duq.edu/online-msn-fnp-program/online-nursing-guide-cats-kittens/

Thanks to Mia G. , a young cat researcher, for sharing this great website with us! 
We are giving Mia a Gold Paw for her great efforts! Meow~!


Web MD Cats
Get the answers to almost every important cat health questions, plus more tips on keeping your kitty happily purring along. http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/default.htm

Cat Healthy
It’s always kinder – and less expensive – to prevent your cat from developing health problems than it is to treat them. And from kitty’s purrspective, it is a whole lot nicer to not get sick in the first place! Now, you have access to a list of preventive healthcare guidelines developed – just for you – by Canada’s veterinary feline specialists. http://www.cathealthy.ca/cat-healthy-for-owners/

Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
Whether you’re an experienced owner looking for new ideas or thinking about adding a pet to your family, the CFHS offers a wealth of information on responsible pet ownership and care. In this section you will find information on different types of animals that people keep as pets. From dog bite prevention, building your own scratching post or grooming tips for your bunny here you will find information to keep your pet happy and healthy. http://cfhs.ca/athome/general_pet_information/

Fundy Fanciers Cat Club
Fundy Fanciers Cat Club is affiliated with the Canadian Cat Association. We show purebred and Domestic cats and host cat shows in Halifax and Moncton every year. We also promote responsible pet ownership and spay and neuter programs and donate to local rescues. We are not for profit. Visit on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fundyfanciers/

We love Boo!!!Boo The Deaf Kitty
Boo is living proof that a disability isn’t really a disability if you have a big heart and a good catitude! Boo is so lucky to have a caring human family to make him thrive and meet his potential! Casper really like to follow Boo and you can to if you have a twitter account go and say hi to sweet Boo The Deaf Kitty!

Boo has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boothedeafkitty and Twitter page,where we met Boo for the first time:  https://twitter.com/boothedeafkitty

International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada
To aid in the conservation of small wild cat species through education, public awareness and support for scientific field projects. programs support the smallest wild cats, consisting of 28 species that weigh less than 50 lbs. We do not provide funding for projects on the larger cats – tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars or snow leopards. http://www.wildcatconservation.org/

Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. They are home to about 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. https://bigcatrescue.org/

The Infinite Cat Project
The Infinite Cat Project is about one cat watching another watching another watching another into infinity. The website is a cattastic catalogue of a categorically cataclysmic concatenation. http://www.infinitecat.com/infinite/cat1.html

White Cat Names From Flowers White Cat Names From FlowersWhen we first adopted our white cats, we didn’t have too much trouble finding a name for them. I think with any cat or dog the name you give tends to come from some mysterious subconscious place that often is unknown. When our sable Burmese cat Jasper passed away suddenly and we decided we were ...

Boo The Deaf Kitty Boo The Deaf KittyLast year Casper wanted to have his own Twitter page because it seemed all the cute and cool cats were on Twitter and he wanted to get in on the action. After seeing the hastags like #kittyloafmonday and #jellybellyfriday he knew he had found a fun place so he joined Twitter and started tweeting some ...

Favorite Cat Books Favorite Cat BooksSome of our favorite cat books, everything from cat encyclopaedia to cat fiction and the true cat stories about special cats. There is always so much to learn and incredible tales to immerse yourself in! I usually scour the local Value Village for reference books on cats and whenever I see something interesting in fiction with cats ...

Cat Links & Websites Cat Links & Websites KittyClysm* A blog for cat lovers & kitty keepers everywhere. Join my pet Avery and I in our own little corner of the feline-obsessed world. Facts about cats, cat stories, training tips, & pet care advice. I talk as much as I can about it all here! Check out Elise and her great blog: https://kittyclysm.com/ Online Nursing ...

6 Most Common Cat Problems & Illnesses 6 Most Common Cat Problems & IllnessesThe domestic cat is one of the top three cleanest animals on the planet. Quite a number of people believe cats may actually be the most hygienic, since they are fond of bathing and spend considerable amount of time grooming themselves. Unfortunately, no degree of self-maintenance can make a cat immune to all diseases. It is ...

Superstitions, Legends & Symbolism Of White Cats Around The World Superstitions, Legends & Symbolism Of White Cats Around The WorldWhen you think about the adorable nature and endearing curiosity of your pet cat, it’s not far-fetched to contemplate the delightful relationship between humans and pet cats in general. This relationship is a legacy that extends back to over 9,500 years ago. Understandably, for a legacy this long, the innate behavioral patterns and biological characteristics of ...

The Automatic Cat Feeder The Automatic Cat FeederWhen Casper and Lily came to live with us from the SPCA we needed to find a way to control feeding at home because our cat Alaska is a small kitty who eats a bit at a time when she is hungry and Casper & Lily were used to different feeding conditions and tended to ...

 


 

 

White Cat Names From Flowers

Naming a white cat requires some contemplation and understanding of your new cat friend. Take the time to make your new cat’s name one that will bring out the best of your little puss-puss!

When we first adopted our white cats, we didn’t have too much trouble finding a name for them. I think with any cat or dog the name you give tends to come from some mysterious subconscious place that often is unknown. When our sable Burmese cat Jasper passed away suddenly and we decided we were adopting a cat from the SPCA, it was in October and Halloween was approaching so when we picked not one but two white cats the name that jumped out for the male was Casper. Casper became the friendly ghost of Jasper and it seemed so fitting!

With the female white cat, Casper’s little sister, we didn’t have a name right away but being fond of flowers and gardening we chose Lily as the white Lily is such a beautiful flower and our little white cat was also so beautiful that the name Lily just seemed to fit perfectly!

If you like flowers, then there are some great white flowers that can inspire you for a cat name. Understanding the meaning and symbolism behind flowers can inspire unique names so you don’t just call your cat Whitey or Ghost or Milkshake, although those are pretty good names for a cat!

Anyway, here are some white flowers that might help choose a good name for a white cat.

Rose:
White rose flowers symbolize beauty and represent true and young love. White roses are filled with spirituality and stand for purity, hope and virtue. They are also considered as a symbol of secrecy because of their discreetness. Iceberg rose is a classic cup flower which contains several petals. This is nearly a thorn less flower; thus, it is ideal for wedding bouquets. It symbolizes innocence, spirituality, sympathy, honor, and remembrance. White roses also symbolize reverence and are often used at memorial services and funerals and for tributes.

Lily was looking a bit apprehensive here…maybe curious or asking a question of me as I took the picture early in the morning

Lily:
This beautiful lily opens into a classic bloom revealing eye-catching lime white petals. Their unique shape and pure bloom color are the marvelous creation that brides often choose for their weddings. It enhances the royalty of a bouquet when used in a flower arrangement. White lilies symbolize purity and virginity.

The Lily of the Valley is a gorgeous little spring flower reflects beauty and magnificence and is mainly cultivated for their scent that is used in perfume industry. This bell-shaped flower signifies the return of happiness and is used as a symbol of humility in religious paintings for its association with Christ’s second coming.

Orchid:
White orchid is not as common as the colored one and is considered as the rarest type of orchid. The flower looks extremely elegant and pure and stands out in every flower arrangement making it look exotic. White orchids stand for purity, innocence, virtue, and divine beauty. It is often considered as a symbol of elegance and glamor and is sure to dress up any wedding bouquet.

Tulip:
Tulips are one of the most loved flowers in the world and are an absolute beauty to the eye. White tulips are spring flowers which symbolize warmth, beauty, and new beginnings. It is perfect for any occasion and represents purity, forgiveness, and serenity. It is often given as a token of forgiveness, so bestowing these flowers can be the perfect way to apologize to someone. In the language of flower, it stands for ‘claiming worthiness’.

Carnation:
White carnations are simple and sophisticated classical blooms with a wholesome and extravagant look. White carnations are 3 types, the light, and regular carnations with a big bloom at the top of the stem, the spray ones with smaller flowers and the short or dwarf ones which have one stem with several flowers. A white carnation bouquet with its divine beauty is perfect for Mother’s Day celebration and wedding ceremonies. White carnations stand for perfect love and innocence.

Daisy:
Gerbera daisies, with their wide spreading blooms, are lavishing flowers that have been admired for their exquisite beauty. The pale white blooms, complemented with a black center bulb and green stem makes it look extremely gorgeous. This cheerful flower can brighten any one’s day and lift people’s mood in a matter of few seconds. White gerbera daisies stand for sentimental clarity and beauty.

Hibiscus:
White hibiscus is a breathtakingly beautiful flower that is used not just for decorative purpose but is also used for its healing properties and to cure diseases. White hibiscus symbolizes purity and fertilization and stands for ‘seize the opportunity’ in the language of flowers.

Thin White Cat

Hydrangea:
Hydrangea is a snowball-shaped flower which looks like a white cotton candy on a stick. It is made up of smaller white blooms with a faint blue ball at the center. White hydrangea is mainly suited for gardens but is at times also used for bouquet arrangement purpose. White hydrangea is a symbol of friendship and devotion and represents deep understanding.

Daisy:
White daisies are innocent looking simple flowers that are often used for bridal bouquets, for decoration purpose and as sympathy flowers. The beautiful white flowers symbolize innocence and purity, simplicity, and new beginnings. White daisies are also considered as a secret flower and hide secret love messages in the language of a flower.

Daffodils:
White daffodil is known as a soaring flower of all times and announces the rebirth of nature. This amazing flower has a divine beauty and charm and symbolizes friendship and new beginnings. White daffodil is a 10th-anniversary flower and represents rebirth and unrequited love. It is also a sign of wealth and good luck and bestowing a bouquet of white daffodils is believed to bring good luck and future happiness to the receiver.

Magnolia:
Magnolia flower is extremely popular in the USA and is the official state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana. The general meaning of Magnolia is feminine sweetness and beauty and reflects tenacity while white Magnolia stands for purity and perfection.

Jasmine:
This wonderful flower with an irresistible fragrance is rarely used for decoration purpose and is mainly used in the cosmetic and perfumery industry for its wonderful scent. This flower symbolizes attachment and sensuality while the little Jasmine flowers symbolize modesty, grace, and elegance.

Camellia:
This exotic, precious and freshly looking flower expresses devotion of a young lover to another. The petals of this flower stand for the spirit of the ladies and the holder of the petals represents a young man and the protector of the lady. They come in various flowers, each carries a different meaning. White Camellia stands for “you’re adorable” in the language of flowers.

Anemone:
Japanese anemone is a cup-shaped flower that comes in just two shades, pink and white. It is believed that anemone sprang from the tears of Aphrodite as she mourned the death of Adonis. Anemone carries both positive and negative meaning. It stands for forsaken since it sprang from Aphrodite tears, while at the same time, it is believed to protect against evil and bad luck.

Shasta:
This is one of the most cheerful flowers with white petals and sunny yellow centers making it perfect for summer weddings. As per flower symbolism, Shasta daisy stands for love, purity, and innocence. There are other meanings as well like loyal love, patience, beauty, and secrecy between two people.

Vinca:
Vinca, popularly known a Madagascar periwinkle or myrtle, is a beautiful shiny flower with green foliage. Annual Vinca is a saucer-shaped flower in saturated shades of red, rose, pink and white. The white variety looks the best of all and is often used for decoration purpose. It stands for friendship and loyalty.

Backlit White Cat with Red Berries

Queen Anne’s Lace:
The Queen Anne’s lace has its origin in Europe and has been given this name due to its lacy look. Queen’s Anne Lace, is also known as bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, wild carrot among various other names. This umbrella-shaped cluster of lacy blooms looks quite unique and different than other flowers. It represents ‘sanctuary’ in the language of flowers.

Iris:
This fresh white flower is a typical springtime flower, with is delicate petals opened fully to reveal yellow throats of the outermost petals. This white flower is often used in a wedding bouquet, table centerpiece and flower arrangements.

Datura:
This trumpet-shaped flower is a highly fragrant flower which opens at dusk and closes at dawn. It has a spiritual history where it was used in Buddhist tantric text which elaborated on worship and healing uses of the flower.

Dahlia:
These summery flowers are lobe-shaped flowers with pure white petals and a bright yellow center. Dahlia, in Victorian language, symbolizes the flower which has survived. It is also a symbol of commitment and bond that lasts forever. It is one of the most commonly used flowers even today in gardens and flower arrangements.

Amaryllis:
The amaryllis is beautiful and the unique, trumpet-like flower has multiple white blooms on a single stem with a hint of lime at its center. These flowers are generally white, pink, or purple in color. White amaryllis flower symbolizes radiant beauty, purity, and innocence.

Boo The Deaf Kitty

Boo The Deaf Kitty on Twitter! Thanks Boo: https://twitter.com/boothedeafkitty

Last year Casper wanted to have his own Twitter page because it seemed all the cute and cool cats were on Twitter and he wanted to get in on the action. After seeing the hastags like #kittyloafmonday and #jellybellyfriday he knew he had found a fun place so he joined Twitter and started tweeting some pictures and looking for some friends.

One of the first cats that Casper met when he started his Twitter page was a beautiful white cat named Boo. Boo The Deaf Kitty to be exact; he is a white cat with blue eyes just like our Lily and often with white cats with blue eyes they have a genetic disposition to being unable to hear and this is what happened to Boo The Deaf Kitty.

Being deaf doesn’t stop Boo from living a fast and furry lifestyle! From being a star on Instagram to having roles in movies and TV shows Boo is a a cat who loves to travel especially going for walkies in his cat chariot!

Boo has a lovely home, we’ve seen an amazing pond and since we have a pond too it makes it all the better because we know our cats like to see the pond and Boo is no exception.

Boo is living proof that a disability isn’t really a disability if you have a big heart and a good catitude! Boo is so lucky to have a caring human family to make him thrive and meet his potential!

Casper really like to follow Boo and you can to if you have a twitter account go and say hi to sweet Boo The Deaf Kitty!
Boo has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boothedeafkitty and Twitter page,where we met Boo for the first time:  https://twitter.com/boothedeafkitty

Boo The Deaf Kitty Youtube Channel

Favorite Cat Books

Favorite Cat BooksSome of our favorite cat books, everything from cat encyclopaedia to cat fiction and the true cat stories about special cats.

There is always so much to learn and incredible tales to immerse yourself in!

I usually scour the local Value Village for reference books on cats and whenever I see something interesting in fiction with cats involved I check the Public Library as they often have new releases.

Lily and Casper like to curl up beside me when I read in bed and it seems they are especially purrfull when I am reading about cats!

I’m looking forward to reading some cat fiction as well but for now I am mainly into the reference books to learn about these amazing beings!




This work is certainly thorough: all 130 internationally recognized cat breeds are featured. Before readers even reach the catalog of cats, they’ll find more than 60 pages of text covering a ton of material: an explanation of what a cat is, cats in culture, feline biology, and more. Although the author takes the time to differentiate between the Pantherine (big cats) and the Felinae (the domestic cat), the focus is on cats as pets, a relationship that has been developing longer than perhaps previously realized.

Alan Edwards has been a judge for 28 years with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in Great Britain and continues to be a frequent international judge worldwide. Alan’s ex-wife June is also a GCCF and international judge. The Edwards bred British Shorthairs, Oriental Shorthairs, Siamese aand Silver Persians under the prefix “Taliesin” which was granted to them in 1970.

The Cat in the Window is a delightful collection of true stories that celebrate the cats in our lives. Inside you’ll meet an orange tiger-striped cat who softened the hard edges of life for a young family, a skinny black-and-white stray who braved a blizzard to find a home, a fat cat who saved his owner’s life one night, cats who offered comfort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and many more. These warm stories will touch your heart and renew your spirit.

Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, a poor kitten was was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Public Library. He was found the next morning by the library director, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. The cat won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of the town with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

6 Most Common Cat Problems & Illnesses

burmese-cat-health-issuesThe domestic cat is one of the top three cleanest animals on the planet. Quite a number of people believe cats may actually be the most hygienic, since they are fond of bathing and spend considerable amount of time grooming themselves.

Unfortunately, no degree of self-maintenance can make a cat immune to all diseases. It is Mother Nature showing one of her most ignoble (or noble if you’re a strong believer in the “inevitable cycle of life” concept) eccentricities.

There are literally dozens of medical conditions that afflict cats. They range from mild (such as loss of hair), moderate (such as gingivitis), to severe (such as fatal cancer).

These illnesses pose a range of challenges to cat owners. Especially since domestic cats are famous for instinctively hiding their pain, weakness, or illness—a trait also found in wild cats. Thus, it is imperative that you have to be keenly observant of your cat to notice telling signs of health issues.

This article gives a comprehensive overview of SIX of the most common health conditions cats experience to give you a firm head start should the worst happen.

Cat Health Issues & Treatment

1. Cat Vomiting

Humans are not strangers to vomiting, sometimes self-induced because of excessive consumption of alcohol.

Still, we may be nauseous for several other reasons. And this is also true for cats. The underlying cause for vomiting may be as benign as eating an inedible substance or as serious as a pathogenic infection. Other common causes are urinary tract disease, hairballs, and diabetes.

How It Appears

Typically, when a cat vomits, you will find partially digested residues of food. The content may be in predigested form, in tubular shape, and often covered with slimy mucus or bile.

Sometimes, there may be traces of blood, which should be cause for great concern. As it is often a sure sign of a more serious underlying condition like ulcer or cancer.

In general, the symptoms are obvious. As vomiting is characterized by drooling and abdominal heaving.

wcwveterinary-checking-catTreatment Options

The typical course of action when you notice your cat vomiting is to withhold food and water. Only administer either at least two hours after vomiting has stopped. When you do, introduce water first and slowly. After which you give the cat a bland diet.

Now would be a purr-fect time to pamper you cat (as you would a sick kid). And feed your cat with homemade food such as cooked, skinless chicken or boiled rice or potatoes.

If the symptoms and the vomiting continues (indicative of chronic vomiting), then make certain to see your vet. Although gross, it’d help to scoop a sample of the vomit for your vet. Your vet will recommend a treatment plan for your cat.

As tempting as it may appear, refrain from giving any drug (antiemetic or not) to your cat unless so directed by your vet. For the sole reason that the causes of vomiting are varied and that only a licensed vet having carried out necessary checks and/or tests can prescribe an appropriate remedy.

2. Cat Diarrhea

While diarrhea can often be a standalone health problem in cats, it can sometimes accompany vomiting especially when the cause is gastrointestinal upset.

That said, the causative factors for diarrhea are numerous. It ranges from something as mild as change of diet to something as severe as liver disease. Other common causes are allergies, cancer, infection, parasites in the intestine, and spoiled food.

How It Appears

The typical symptom of diarrhea is frequent loose, liquid, or watery stool/feces. However, the duration varies as it may be a one-time occurrence, last for several weeks or months, or it may occur intermittently (off and on).

Treatment Options

One of the adverse effect that accompanies diarrhea is dehydration. To prevent it, it is necessary to provide a steady supply of fresh, clean water.

Water is the most you have to offer tho’. As it is essential to withhold fold for a while. However, this period should not last longer than 12 to 24 hours.

Now, a single bout of diarrhea shouldn’t make you lose sleep. However, you SHOULD visit a vet if the diarrhea persists for more than one day and/or you notice additional worrying symptoms (such as traces of blood, straining to defecate, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, abnormal amount of flatulence, lethargy, fever, unexplained weight loss, or loss of appetite).

3. Cat Eye Problems

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?" - Théophile Gautier

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?”
РTh̩ophile Gautier

This encompassing entry refers to a wide range of individual health conditions. The most common of these eye diseases include cataracts, trauma, conjunctivitis, inflammation of vital eye tissues, retinal disease, and viral infections.

How They Appear

There are plenty of symptoms indicative of eye diseases. And it can get tricky for anyone without expert knowledge to tie a symptom to a specific underlying health condition.

You can only be aware of the symptoms and watch out for them by physically inspecting the eyes of your cats REGULARLY.

The common symptoms include cloudiness or change in eye color, squinting, watery eyes, eye discharge, pawing at the eye, gunk in the corners of the eye, tear-stained fur, a visible third eyelid, and red or white eyelid linings.

Treatment Options

Early detection is important for any health issue. This is especially true for eye problems. You should make a habit of REGULARLY inspecting the eyes of your cat. Be fastidious when checking, and note any abnormalities.

You should also make certain that your cat gets necessary vaccinations and undergoes thorough checkups. This is just following the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The course of action after discovering an abnormality is to reach out to your vet. Eye problems count as emergencies, so the earlier you make that call or visit, the better it is for your cat.

Do NOT administer any drops or ointments to your cat without prior vet approval. It could just make a bad situation worse.

How to Carry Out a Home Eye Check

  • Ensure that the area in which you’re carrying the check is brightly lit
  • Look intently into the eyes of your cat and note the following
    • The eyes should be clear and bright
    • The color of the area around the eyeball should be white
    • The size of the pupils should be equal
  • Using your thumb, gently roll down the eyelid of your cat, then observe the color of the lid’s lining
    • The color should be pink. If the color is red or white, then it may be indicative of an underlying health problem.

4.  Fleas

Fleas do not just have their cannons aimed at cats. Dogs, other domestic animals, and farm animals may also be at the receiving end of cannonballs from fleas. Even humans aren’t spared.

The flea game plan is having several species, with each of them having their preferred hosts. The common species are the human fleas (Pulex irritans), the dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis), and the specie that prefers the tasty blood in your cat is the cat flea specie (Ctenocephalides felis).

How It Appears

The symptoms of flea infestation include the direct observation of tiny black dots (which are actually flea dirt on the skin of your cat) or the fleas themselves when you use a flea comb to inspect the coat of your cat.

Other indirect symptoms include hair loss, frequent and severe scratching and itching (pruritus), skin infections or hot spots, frequent licking, and red or irritated skin.

Treatment Options

Treatment of a flea break comes with the classic good and bad news. First the good news, flea infestation is one of the few kitty conditions that you can treat easily.

However, the bad news is that totally ridding your cat of fleas often requires consistent use of flea control products (it is not a one-time thing). And if your cat is often outdoors, then complete flea control can be really tough.

It is best to talk to you vet about the particular flea control option (there are several options) that would be best for your cat.

In addition, make certain to do a flea check regularly and using preventive products.

This is very important considering that the lifespan for a cat flea may extend to up to 12 months (one year), and anemia can be a serious adverse effect of a severe bout of flea infestation.

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5. Tapeworms In Cats

Tapeworms are one of more than half a dozen parasitic worms that may infect cats.

Other parasitic nematodes include the heartworm (Dirofilariasis), lungworm, whipworm (Trichuriasis), hookworm (Ancylostomiasis), roundworm (Ascariasis),Physaloptera spp (Physalopterosis), and Ollulanus tricuspis (Ollulanis).

Furthermore, like fleas, tapeworms may infect cats, dogs, other domestic animals, farm animals, even humans (you know… the whole shebang).

Also, like fleas there are several Tapeworm (cestode) species. Except that there isn’t a specie specific to cats. Actually, four species typically infect cats (and dogs). They include the Taenia spp, Mesocestoides spp, Echinococcus multilocularis, and Dipylidium caninum.

All four of them call the small intestine home when they infect a cat. In general, tapeworms in cats are long, flat, and segmented. On average, their length range from 4 to 28 inches (0.3 to 2.3 feet). The standard medical term for a tapeworm infection is Cestodiasis.

How It Appears

How Cats Get Tapeworms

Cats acquire tapeworms by ingesting the larvae of a tapeworm. The primary source of the tapeworm larvae is an infected intermediate host, the most common being a flea. This explains why cats with flea infestation often also have cestodiasis.

Other intermediate hosts are infected rabbits, rodents, and birds (prey for cats). Additionally, cats may also acquire tapeworms by scavenging.

Symptoms of Cestodiasis

Recall that tapeworms are segmented nematodes. Therefore, as a tapeworm grows older segments of the tapeworm break off.

These older segments appear as small white worms, or as grains of white rice, sesame, or cucumber seeds. You would typically find these segments in the feces of the cat, around the anus of your cat, or in bedding.

Furthermore, these segments often stick out from your cats anus while it is relaxed or sleeping.

While these are telltale signs to establish the presence of tapeworms, other symptoms of tapeworm infection are weight loss and vomiting. Additionally, cats may lick or bite their anus, or drag their hind end across the floor in response to the itching.

Treatment Options

There are two vital commandments to adhere to regarding the treatment of a tapeworm infection.

  • Ensure that you tackle any flea problems your cat experiences before taking any curative medication to eradicate tapeworms. This is because cats majorly get tapeworms from ingesting an infected flea.
  • It is important that you eliminate tapeworms as some of the species that infect cats may also infect humans

Endeavor to visit your vet for a thorough physical evaluation of your cat. The vet would also recommend a suitable medication for treating the tapeworm infection. The typical treatment options for cestodiasis are oral or topical medications and injections.

6. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)

“If human lives be, for their very brevity, sweet, then beast lives are sweeter still...” - Isobelle Carmody

“If human lives be,
for their very brevity, sweet,
then beast lives are sweeter still…”
– Isobelle Carmody

[Idiopathic] Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (iFLUTD or FLUTD) are a collection of feline diseases (or symptoms) that often have multiple possible causes. Typically, these diseases affect the lower urinary system comprising the bladder and urethra (the tube that connects the bladder—where urine is stored before urinating—to the outside world).

As a result, the adverse effects of these diseases are often:

  • Preventing the bladder from emptying correctly
  • Fatal blockage of the urethra

That said, male and female cats might suffer from FLUTD. Although male cats are generally more susceptible to urethral blockages because their urethras are narrow.

Furthermore, the typical age range for the occurrence of FLUTD is one to four years. Cats aged below one year or above 10 years rarely have iFLUTD.

Causes

As indicated above, the possible causes of FLUTD are numerous. Some of them are spinal cord problem; urethral plug; stress; bladder infection or inflammation; congenital abnormality; accumulation of crystals, stones, or debris in the urethra or bladder.

Additionally, endocrine health conditions such as diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism may cause lower urinary tract issues in cats.

How It Appears

Some of the common symptoms of FLUTD include lethargy, vomiting, bloody or cloudy urine, lack of appetite, crying when urinating, straining to urinate, licking around the urinary area (in a last ditch effort to alleviate the pain), and loss of bladder control.

Treatment Options

You MUST take your cat to your vet if you notice that your cat can’t urinate or if you suspect that your cat has a urinary tract problem.

This is because only a vet can holistically carry out thorough diagnosis (which often includes a physical exam, urinalysis, possible urine culture, blood chemistry tests, and X-ray or ultrasound).

Sometimes, the vet may not identify the cause of the symptoms. In which case the cat is considered to have bladder inflammation (cystitis).

Nothing the complexity of the differential diagnosis, it is vital to use ONLY medications recommended by your vet.

Another chilling reason why you should treat your cat’s urinary difficulties as an emergency is because it could be fatal if left untreated (as it may lead to partial or complete obstruction of the urethra that may in turn cause a kidney failure and/or rupture of the bladder.

Typically, cats with FLUTD are treated on an outpatient basis. However, brief hospitalization or full-on hospitalization may become necessary for diagnostic evaluation or if the urethra of your cat is blocked respectively.