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High-Rise Syndrome in Cats: Why Open Windows Can Be Dangerous

High-rise syndrome cats

During the warmer months, many homes are quick to open windows. However, cat owners should be aware of the dangers an open window can pose to their pets. A phenomenon called high-rise syndrome is to blame. High-rise syndrome is also used to describe the injuries cats sustain when falling from a height. A fall from the second floor (7m+) or above can be dangerous. Cats falling …

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Could Some Cat Foods Contribute to Feline Hyperthyroidism?

Cat eating from food bowl

The amount of cats that have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in the last three decades has increased, and surprisingly fish flavoured cat food could be the culprit. Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland produces an excess of hormones. Excessive amounts of these thyroid hormones can cause thyrotoxicosis. It has previously been thought that cats being exposed to flame …

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Feline Panleucopenia and Feline Parvovirus (FPV)

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Feline panleucopenia (also known as feline infectious enteritis) is a highly contagious disease caused by a specific viral infection. The virus responsible is feline parvovirus (FPV), which is closely related to canine parvovirus. The name feline panleucopenia comes from the low white blood cell count caused as a result of FPV attacking immune cells.

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Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (Cat Flu)

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Feline upper respiratory tract infections are a common health problem amongst cats. Infections of the feline upper respiratory tract are described as ‘cat flu’. Unlike human flu, which is caused by the influenza virus, cat flu can be caused by a number of different viruses and bacteria. The two most common causes of feline upper respiratory tract infections are feline herpesvirus …

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Is it Possible to Improve Feline Immunity through the Diet?

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We all know how important diet and nutrition are in maintaining good health, for both ourselves and our pets. This is why it is important to provide our animals with a varied diet, to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need and to prevent deficiencies. Whilst we may feed certain foodstuffs to correct or prevent deficiency, an increasing number of …

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The Overweight Cat: Are we Feeding Cats Too Many Treats?

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A recent study by Cats Protection investigated whether cat owners believed their cats to be overweight or not. Of the 1,120 owners asked, 23% of them deemed their cats to be overweight. The true figure of cats that would fall in to the overweight category is likely to be even higher than that. The study was conducted right after the …

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