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Casper is a healthy male who was rescued with his sister Lily by the SPCA. His health and personality blossomed after adoption.

Casper is a healthy male who was rescued with his sister Lily by the SPCA. His health and personality blossomed after adoption.

White cats are stunning, rare and you must pardon our insistence that white cats are probably the most beautifully colored of all cats. But, it’s not all about the color really. Among the top favorite colors in the world, white is ninth on the list (blue snags the top spot).

Nonetheless, the pristine beauty of the white coat often complemented by sparkling colored eyes can unarguably make you want to tear up in awe.

That said, white cats make up a tiny percentage of the general domestic cat population. This rarity may be one of the reasons why people often rely on inaccurate stereotypes, conjectures, and anecdotes as the basis of their knowledge about white cats.

This article aims to set the record straight on many white cat-related issues. And more importantly provide comprehensive information about our white fluffy companions.

Percentage of White Cats

Earlier on, I referred to white cats being a minority. You’ve probably already observed that. But do not know specifically how rare white cats are.

Now, there aren’t many standard books and scholarly reports about the prevalence of white cats. However, some sources have tried to pin a number on it. Some sources estimates it may be as low as 2% while other studies show that it may be as high as 5%. Regardless, the percentage is low and this rarity means that white cats can be particularly mysterious and unusual to see as they are so rare.

Eye Color Variation in White Cats

While the population of white cats may be low, the color variation of the eyes of white cats is widely known. Typically, the eye color may be blue, green, golden (hazel), or pink.

Sometimes though, each eye may have different colors. The common name for this is “odd eyes,” while the technical name is heterochromia.
In general, white cats like colored cats may succumb to any of over a dozen ailments. However, two health issues are prevalent for white cats. If you’re looking to get a white cat, then I cannot overemphasize the importance of being abreast of these health issues.

White Cats and Deafness

wcw-white-cat-with-big-earsThis is perhaps the most well-known health issue with white cats. It is so prevalent that many believe that all white cats [with blue eyes] are deaf.

This is not accurate.

The link between white cats and deafness appears to be a triangle, with blue eyes being the connecting angle.

You see, white cats lack melanin, which typically gives color to your hair and skin. Clearly, white cats lack melanin in their skin. In addition, white cats (especially white cats with blue eyes) also lack melanin in the irises of their eyes. Which is one reason why the eyes are blue.

However, the more important fact is that the stem cells that should turn into melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) are also the stem cells responsible for turning into a cell layer in the inner ear that is vital for hearing.

Since, these cats do not have these stem cells (evident by their lack of melanin), they also do not have this vital cell layer that should be in the inner ear. This absence is the cause of the deafness associated with white cats and blue eyes.

The keyword is associated because different genes cause blue eyes and white coat. Although, a particular gene/gene complex causes white coat, blue eyes, and deafness, not all cats get their white coat and blue eyes from this particular gene.

Therefore, the probability that a cat is white, blue-eyed, and deaf depends wholly on the genes the cat inherits and not just the appearance.

That said, when a cat is diagnosed to be deaf. It may be deaf in both ears or in just one ear. Often times, an odd-eyed white cat with one blue eye may be deaf in the blue-eyed side.

What the statistics say

  1. Of the 2-5% of cats that are white, 15-40% have at least one blue eye.
  2. Of this percentage, 60-80% are deaf.
  3. 30-40% of white cats with blue eyes are deaf.
  4. Only 10-20% of white cats with non-blue eyes are deaf.

White Cats and Skin Cancer

The melanin deficiency in white cats uncovers another surprise. That white cats can’t tolerate sun light as much as colored cats. It’s a fact that you have to take seriously. Because if you do not, repeated exposure to sunlight can cause squamous cell carcinoma.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that is painful and prevalent in areas of the skin where there aren’t much hairs—ears, eyelids, and nose. Treatment can often involve freezing the nose or lopping off the ear. It can also be fatal if it is not diagnosed early enough.

It’s an avoidable condition, so it’s best to keep white cats indoors.

Caring for White Cats
For starters, white cats do not belong to only one specific breed of cats. A white cat may belong to any of several cat breeds. This can be worthy of note when caring for a white cat, especially if the breed has peculiar cattitudes and cattributes.

Regardless of breeds, there seem to be an arguable consensus that white cats have a timid, aloof, shy, or lazy personality. It’s arguable because while some studies establish a link between a cat’s coat color and personality, others do not.

However, an explanation for this unflattering consensus is that white cats that fit this personality like a glove are often white cats that are partially or completely deaf. This can be frustrating in social interactions with your cat.

This can actually transcend from being frustrating to dangerous, as deaf cats are considerably vulnerable to attacks by predators. It can also be a secondary reason to keep your cats from going outdoors to avoid any unsavory accident.

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10 Cat Symptoms That Need A Vet

If your dear kitty has any of these symptoms you really should get that precious cargo down to the vet right away. Unless you work at home or are at home all day with your cat you’ll need to understand that felines are notorious for hiding out and doing their own thing, usually napping, all day.

Cats do a much better job at hiding sickness and pain compared to dogs or humans. Cats can be suffering without giving much of an indication that anything is wrong so it is important to keep vigilant to any symptoms that might indicate something is amiss. Don’t be shy about contacting your vet about any health issues you might suspect are wrong with your cat, sometimes a cat can go from bad to worse within a few hours and the difference between saving the cat and losing your friend is really a matter of hours or days.

1. Vomiting
Hairballs are common with cats, they lick and swallow hair from their grooming and it creates balls of fur in their tummy that comes up as a hairball. The sound of a cat coughing up a hairball is quite common but if your cat is vomiting any sort of liquid or food it could mean that there is something wrong.

2. Diarrhea or Strange Pooping
Diarrhea in any creature can be a warning sign; it could be something as benign as an upset stomach or reaction to food but liquid poops can be caused by a parasite, virus, or even indicate the early signs of cancer. If your cat has diarrhea that is more than just an isolated case of the shits,  it is important that you get your cat to the vet immediately for treatment.

Sometimes a cat will go to the bathroom in the hallway or outside of the litter box to try and tell you something is wrong. Inspect and turds that are left outside of the litter box as they might have worms in the feces which can be identified by the vet. Cats can’t speak our language so often any odd behavior is a method of communication for the cat.

3. Cat refuses to eat for days on end
Sometimes the introduction of a new food can cause your cat to turn up her snout at the bowl she used to gallop towards. When changing foods always do a gradual change from the familiar brand to the new blend. If your cathas an abnormal appetite for one day it could be a non event;  however if your cat refuses to eat for several days in a row , or seems “off” at meal time, this may be a symptom of illness. Contact your vet.

4. Bleeding
Unless your cat has been in a fight with another animal bleeding is not normal , especially if there are no visible marks; if bleeding occurs from any orifice or is visible in the poop take the cat immediately to the vet.

5. Unusual bad breath
Some cats seem prone to halitosis. Just like people and dogs, proper dental care is important for healthy gums and teeth. Cats can have a strong breath smell due to their cleaning habits and their diet. Feeding them a good quality food can help and adding breath freshening liquids to their water bowl can also help, just like a mouthwash can help your husband in the morning! If the breath of the cat is unusually bad this could be a sign of disease that is beyond just the dental hygiene. This should not be ignored and should be looked at by a vet as soon as possible. Cats can go to the dentist as well and you will improve the quality of life of your cat by taking care of their fangs and chompers!

6. Thirst
Cats like to drink and it’s important to provide clean fresh water for them but if your cat is drinking much more than normal and there is no change in the air  temperature or activity levels then any excess thirst could be a sign of diabetes or other diseases; this should be checked out if the cats craving for water or liquids continues.

7. Cat Walking Funny
You’re probably used to the elegant gait of your cat as she struts down the hallway or across the lawn. If your cat suddenly starts walking funny, limping, or has obvious signs of physical distress it could be a broken bone. Cats cat fall from high places and land safely on their feet but impact with an object while falling or a closing door or falling heavy object can break a cats bone. If your cat appears to be in  in pain and has trouble moving or walking it could mean a bone has been damaged; broken bones need to be treated by a professional so call the vet right away.

8. Unusual walking patterns
If your cat seems confused or has an unusual pattern when they walk  they may be sick, if the symptoms continue seek the help of a vet.

White kitten visiting vet for check up. Regular visits to the vet are the best way to keep your friend healthy! Photo licensed via Adobe Stock Images.

9. Gargling Breathing Sounds
If your cat exhibits odd breathing patterns or sounds short of breath it could be a sign of a lung condition or a cancer. Your vet can offer steroid treatments or specific medications for your cat but time is of the essence. If your cat sounds like their may be water in the lungs then you should contact your vet immediately.

10. Your Cat Is Trying To Tell You Something Is Wrong
Cats communicate on a different level; they use body language and eye contact to create a dialogue and express emotions. Understanding this animal communication is not easy but you should listen to your instincts if you feel your cat is trying to express any discomfort or problem. If you suddenly feel that, for some reason, your cat is telling you something is wrong with them, don’t disregard this intuition. Keep an eye on your cat if you have some ‘flash’ that something is wrong with them as it might be them trying to communicate to you beyond language and reason.

One morning, we had a cat who showed sudden signs of being ill, and needed to be taken to the vet because of a strange breathing condition. We dropped him off at the vet for tests and went for a walk to wait. While we walked I told my wife that I had felt something was wrong with our cat by the way he was looking at me the night before; he has seemed to be looking strange but didn’t show any symptoms of distress. A few hours later the vet called to say we needed to come immediately because our cat was dying. When we got to the vet our cat was dead.

We were heartbroken, of course, but I think back on the night before when our cat had looked at me and I felt something was wrong but didn’t react to my intuition. I am saddened to think that if I would have listened to my gut that night I would have taken him to the vet right away and maybe they could have saved him.

Cannabis For Cats

Cannabinoid nutrition for Happy Healthy Pets CannaPet has a special blend of Cannabis derived strains, frequently referred to as hemp, that have been designed to enhance the medical benefits of the cannabis plant while minimizing the ‘high-inducing’ concentrations of THC.

This original, cat-friendly product, contains a combination of phytocannabinoids (the main group of compounds in hemp) and terpenes which help to modulate phytocannabinoids, and flavonoids which are potent anti-inflammatories which are found in a wide variety of foods that we as well as our cats pets eat. The product also contain omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and vitamin B6 which increases bio-availability. All of these ingredients are naturally found in the cannabis plant.

Your cat won’t get high but she will be happy and healthy!

Recently the AHVMA published a report conducted by Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences. The subject of the survey was Canna-Pet® hemp products. Here are some of their findings:

Canna-Pet® in Comparison to Medications and Therapies:

    92.6% of ALL respondents favor Canna-Pet® to SOME, MOST or ANY medications.

Among Cat Owners who had an opinion on Canna-Pet:

    100% report Canna-Pet® provides PAIN RELIEF a moderate amount or a lot.
    100% report Canna-Pet® provides NERVOUS SYSTEM SUPPORT a moderate amount or a lot.
    95.7% report Canna-Pet® AIDS SLEEP a moderate amount or a lot.
    90.0% report Canna-Pet® REDUCED INFLAMMATION a moderate amount or a lot.
    85.7% report Canna-Pet® helps REDUCE VOMITING OR NAUSEA a moderate amount or a lot.
    82.3% report Canna-Pet® INHIBITED CELL GROWTH IN TUMORS / CANCER CELLS a moderate amount or a lot.
    75.0% report Canna-Pet® helps SKIN CONDITIONS a moderate amount or a lot.

Visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association to download the full report, “CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HEMP PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS,” Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Spring 2016, Volume 42.

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Canna-Pet® is NOT a pharmaceutical. It is a benign, organic hemp product that you can feed with confidence.

Among Dog Owners who had an opinion:

    95.0% report Canna-Pet® provides PAIN RELIEF a moderate amount or a lot.
    92.8% report Canna-Pet® provides NERVOUS SYSTEM SUPPORT a moderate amount or a lot.
    92.0% report Canna-Pet® helps RELIEVE SEIZURES OR CONVULSIONS a moderate amount or a lot.
    91.9% report Canna-Pet® REDUCED INFLAMMATION a moderate amount or a lot.
    88.8% report Canna-Pet® AIDS SLEEP a moderate amount or a lot.
    83.2% report Canna-Pet® helps RELIEVE ANXIETY a moderate amount or a lot.
    82.3% report Canna-Pet® helps REDUCE VOMITING OR NAUSEA a moderate amount or a lot.
    78.6% report Canna-Pet® helps MUSCLE SPASMS a moderate amount or a lot.
    73.0% report Canna-Pet® INHIBITED CELL GROWTH IN TUMORS / CANCER CELLS a moderate amount or a lot.
    70.8% report Canna-Pet® helps DIGESTIVE TRACT PROBLEMS a moderate amount or a lot.
    64.8% report Canna-Pet® helps THUNDERSTORM OR FIREWORKS PHOBIA a moderate amount or a lot.
    61.8% report Canna-Pet® helps SKIN CONDITIONS a moderate amount or a lot.

Cats Love The Yellow Banana Toy

Jasper hovers over his favorite cat toy and Alaska twitches in anticipation of launching an assault on the hapless catnip banana! They love this toy!!

Jasper hovers over his favorite cat toy and Alaska twitches in anticipation of launching an assault on the hapless catnip banana! They love this toy!!

Ever since Jasper, our sable Burmese cat, got his banana toy he loved it! He would snuggle it, chase it, bite it, do the kick-a-roo moves with it! He was adorable!

Alaska, our blue Burmese girl, also got a kick out of it whenever Jasper let her play with it. She would chase it, toss it in the air, bite it and basically go bonkers for that crazy banana!

Now Casper our white cat has inherited the banana from Jasper who had to leave us and he enjoys it probably even more than Jasper did!

Casper will lick it and lick it and lick it and lick it and then stop and then lick it and lick it and lick it. He loves his little comforting banana and will chase it, pounce on it and cuddle up to sleep with it.

Our cats love this toy!

Buy Casper’s Favorite Toy: Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana

White Cat Breeds

White cat family is bigger than you can imagine. The popular white cats are more than their snowy look. Apart from their downy, milky long coats, the white pet could also be diverse in terms of personality, physical attributes, and origin.

It is a fact white cat has blue eyes. Otherwise, you may meet those with green, gold, and pinkish eyes. In addition to this, this feline is normally deaf that is why they are kept indoors for safety. Lastly, they may need extra care for they have higher risk of skin cancer.

If you are planning to adopt this lovable white breed of cats, you also have to be aware of its different breeds. Here are ten that will surely make you anticipate more of kitten adoption:

Sleek White Cat With Lovely Ears

Sleek White Cat With Lovely Ears

White Persian: The Most Popular White Feline

White Persian cat would always top the list of pure white favorites. It is known for its fluffy hair, smushy face, long coat, flat muzzle, as well as short legs. Over time, due to various breeding procedures, the white Persian family became shorter with faces more pushed in.

This white feline is known for being naturally quiet, reserved, loyal, and affectionate. Nonetheless, it is not advised to be kept with kids.

The Persian breed requires extra care. Every day, you have to prevent mats in its long fur by brushing. In addition to this, owners of this cat should prepare for pet insurance and regular medical checkups.

White Siamese: Asia’s Native and Classic Breed

White Siamese is also called as Wichian Mat. Apart from its pure white color, the feline also has brothers in seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac hues.

Primarily, Siamese cats are white during birth. However, its nose tips and ear edges will turn darker as they grow. As they mature, their point color will be more evident. The point color of the cat is usually found in its tail, face, ears, and legs, which are cooler areas. You will notice this when your Siamese cat becomes fat. Its body will also become darker over time.

Ragdoll Cats: A Quietly Sensitive Play Companion

Thin white cat delicatly sitting on wood floor

Thin white cat delicatly sitting on wood floor

Ragdoll cats are known to be very sensitive that they may go limp when lifted. They are not always white, but could also be found in red, lilac, blue, and cream colors. The cat is usually quiet and easy to handle. According to its owners, it is naturally neat, sweet, and obedient. It does not require much attention for its activity level is low.

White Bengal Cat: Real Beauty of a Wild Cat

White Bengal cat originates from domestic cats and Asian Leopard cat. It is known for having the beauty of wild cat with a domestic cat’s temperament. Most of the time, you will find the patterns of the cat distinctive along with its soft fur, diamond shaped eyes, and pointed eyes.

White Himalayan Cats for a Peculiar Billionaire

The white cat breed is always mistaken as Persian cat due to its smushy face, fluffy fur, and long whiskers. Despite its bored expression, the cat is known to be very affectionate. In addition to this, it could be very mild and still.

Russian White: Your Moderately Docile Cat Choice

The Russian white cat is known for its shorthair difference among white breeds. It has an average activity level and does not talk too much. It may grow from small to medium size. In addition, owners who do not have much time in grooming would love this weekly maintenance pet.

Smiling White Cat

Smiling White Cat

White Cornish Rex: Not So Average Domestic Cat

The Cornwall-originated cat is known for having no hair except for its outer fur. The outer fur is also known as guard hairs, which are only about over 10 cm in long-haired Cornish Rex and 5 cm in shorthairs. It also has awn hair or an undercoat, which is only about 1 cm long,

White Scottish Fold: A Friendly Companion With Folded Ears

White Scottish Fold is known for being very affectionate to family. The cat that could live up to 14 years is known for its odd positions. You would notice that it will act like a little frog. The breed is very smart and it even uses its ears to communicate with its chirpy voice. The cat, irrespective of being white or not, is very friendly and loves attention.

Backlit White Cat with Red Berries

Backlit White Cat with Red Berries

Van Kedisi: Weird but a Not Ordinary Street Cat

The white cat breed is known for its almond-shaped eyes and long fur. Van Kedisi could live as long as 15 years. You will find the cat odd-eyed for it has different colors of irises. Interestingly, the cats love swimming more than other breeds.

White Oriental Shorthair: Best for Cat Allergic People                 

If you want a cat that will not trigger your allergy, white Oriental Shorthair is the best option. The cat has a very striking appearance augmented by its bat-like ears and very short fur. The cat is territorial when it comes to its owner. Moreover, never underestimate this breed for it is very smart that it could interact better than a typical cat.

Use the list to choose a white cat that would suit your preferences, lifestyle, and wants. The ten aforementioned white cat breeds could serve as your initial guide before adopting a cat for your family.

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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.

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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?”
– Théophile 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.