Tapeworms

Tapeworms are intestinal parasites of the cat (and dog). Because they are classified as cestodes, they belong to a different family than the hookworms and roundworms (called nematodes). Several types of tapeworms are known to infect cats; Dipylidium Caninum is by far the most common. 

Toxoplasmosis

What is toxoplasmosis?  Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a one-celled parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii, hereafter called the "Toxo organism." In humans, it may affect many different organs of the body, causing many different types of clinical signs.

Upper Respiratory Infection

There are several conditions that may cause cats to sneeze. However, sneezing that lasts more than two days is probably due to a viral upper respiratory infection (URI), similar to a "cold" that we may have.

Roundworms

Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites of the cat. They can be an important cause of illness, and even death, in kittens. As their name implies, these are large-bodied round worms, averaging about 3-6 inches (8-15 cm) in length.

Raising Kittens

Raising kittens can be an extremely rewarding experience or it may produce frustration and failure. The following information is provided in order to increase your chances of success. 

Seizures

What is a seizure?  Seizures are one of the most frequently seen neurological problems in cats. A seizure is also known as a convulsion or fit. It may have all or any combination of the following: 

Ringworms

Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus (plural: fungi). Because the lesions are often circular, ringworm was once thought to be caused by a worm curling up in the tissue. However, ringworm has nothing to do with any type of worm. 

Subcutaneous Fluid Administration

Administration of supplemental fluids can benefit cats with a variety of medical conditions. Most commonly, this is recommended for cats with kidney disease. We recommend that you learn this technique for your cat. Don’t be alarmed - it is normal to feel reluctance about this.

Rabies

What is rabies?  Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the brain. It can affect any warm-blooded animal, including cats and humans. It is almost always fatal. 

Recommendations for New Owners

We would like to congratulate you on the acquisition of your new kitten. Owning a cat can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it also carries with it quite a bit of responsibility.

Pyometra

In its simplest terms, pyometra is an infection in the uterus. However, most cases of pyometra are much more difficult to manage than a routine infection. 

Icterus

Icterus is also known as jaundice or yellow jaundice, meaning that a yellow pigment is found in the blood and in the tissues. It is most easily seen in the gums, the sclerae (white part of the eyes), and the pinnae (ear flaps).