Like humans, cats can suffer from diabetes, a chronic disease where the body doesn’t produce or can’t effectively utilize insulin, an essential hormone. Diabetic cats need regular glucose monitoring (which can be done at the veterinarian’s office or at home), a healthy diet, and often injected insulin.
FIV is a viral disease affecting 1.5-3% of cats in the US. It is slow-acting, but can eventually compromise a cat's immune system. With regular health check-ups, a balanced, healthy diet and safe home environment, FIV+ cats can live long, happy lives.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that invades a cat’s cells and causes them to have a weaker immune system and more susceptible to illness or infections. While it cannot be cured, it can be managed, and it’s important to know that cats infected with FeLV can still live long, happy and fulfilling lives.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body’s thyroid gland enlarges and produces too much thyroid hormone. It more commonly affects older cats. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart and kidney problems. With vigilant veterinary care and proper treatment, a cat with hyperthyroidism can lead a normal healthy life.
This website provides abundant resources on how to keep your pets happy and healthy by reducing stress, anxiety and fear in your home environment.
While “fighting like cats and dogs” may be a common phrase, it doesn’t have to be! Introducing your new cat or dog to your resident cat or dog can be successful with a strategic plan and a bit of patience.
Many cats enjoy the companionship of fellow felines. However, bringing home a new cat will mean a small period of adjustment for your new kitty and any current cat residents. A proper introduction can help start off the relationship on the right track. Keep in mind that all cats are individuals, and some will adjust faster than others.
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