National Cat Health Month – February 2019

Cats are definitely making a name for themselves out there. We see these hot-shot superstars in funny cat videos, memes, music videos, and more and more often on clothes. They are the true lifestyle influencers on all relevant media. So why not give them a special month of glory where we can celebrate their stubbornness, independence, and selective self-sustainable being. …

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How to Manage a FIP Positive Cat

FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) represents a debilitating and fatal disease caused by FCoV (Feline Coronavirus). It’s suspected that the disease develops as a result of genetic mutation of enteric strains of feline coronaviruses inside the body of the host. Additionally, cats can also develop clinical signs after directly interacting with external viral strains of FIP. The major cause for concern …

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Discovery of new feline viruses

A recently published study, in the “Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery”, discovers new feline viruses that affect cats. The newly discovered feline viruses are Gammaherpesvirus (GHVs) and Morbilliviruses that affect the domestic cat. The ways these viruses cause disease is still unknown and scientists are working on discovering that. The Gammaherpesvirus has very little known epidemiology. We know that …

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Feline-specific anesthesia guidelines

AAFP (the American Association of Feline Practitioners) has constructed and released a guideline, first of its kind, to feline anesthesia. This was inspired by the uniqueness of cats and their specific physiology and size. According to their records, cats have a higher mortality rate under anesthesia compared to dogs. Their physiology makes them more prone to complications during surgery, according …

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Mirataz for managing feline weight loss

A newly developed drug specific for felines has recently received an approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). The new drug is called “Mirataz” and is developed by the scientists at Kindred Biosciences Inc. Mirataz is a treatment drug for felines that need weight loss management. It acts by blocking specific histamine and serotonin receptors and in …

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MyCatDNA Test

A new feline specific DNA test created by Wisdom Health (a division of Mars Petcare) names MyCatDNA test is designed to ease veterinarians and cat breeders to maintain a healthy and superior feline bloodline. The test can be used to also monitor and maintain the health and wellness in cats on a genetic level.  The test is designed to provide …

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A New Feline Virus Discovered

A research study, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, at the University of Sydney, have discovered a previously unknown virus in a cat. The virus in question is hepadnavirus and it was discovered in an immunocompromised cat. This led the researchers to test all the stored feline blood and subsequently found the virus there too. The study is published in the …

Transmission of Feline Diseases

In the illustrations below, you can find all the possible transmission routes for the most common feline diseases. In every case, prevention is the most important thing you can do. When it comes to vector transmissions, proper prevention against internal and external parasites is key. When it comes to oral transmission, vaccines can protect your cat against some of the …