Cat Health and Care

Asthma in cats

It's not uncommon for cats to suffer from what is known as feline bronchial asthma, an allergic inflammation of the bronchi (bronchitis). All age groups and cat breeds can suffer from this disease, although Siamese cats are affected particularly often.

Cat bites

You have an outdoor cat that comes limping home? Then there's a good chance that it was in a turf war. In this case, affected cats often have scratch and bite marks, which can lead to severe inflammations and dangerous bacterial sepsis if unrecognised. Along with cats themselves, we pet owners and other pets like dogs, rabbits or chickens can be affected by cat bites. Due to the very high risk of infection, early detection and treatment are of great importance. The following article tells you what you should concentrate on:

Conjunctivitis in cats

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, very regularly affects cats and can be triggered by numerous causes. It isn't a single disease, but rather a symptom. Although all cat breeds and all ages can be affected, young cats in particular suffer from cat colds, whilst older cats often have allergic conjunctivitis. Consequently, conjunctivitis with cats can also be accompanied by other symptoms, which influences treatment and prognosis.

Coronavirus in Cats

Coronaviruses don't just affect us pet owners, but our furry friends too. In contrast to the new type of coronavirus affecting humans, feline coronavirus (FcoV) has already been known for several years. These include feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and the much better-known feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). The latter causes fatal feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which leads to peritonitis and abdominal dropsy. On the other hand, people suffer from flu-like symptoms, especially those with weakened immune systems like elderly or sick people.

Diarrhoea in Kittens – Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

When a kitten enters your home, it's an exciting time for everyone! Regardless of whether you're an experienced or first-time cat owner, it's a time of change. Little cats require special attention. Enjoy every minute because they grow up ever so fast! Like small children with doctors, young cats also need to see a vet from time to time. Regular health check-ups are a must and should take place once a year. However, kittens should be taken to the vet more often for basic immunisation against common infectious diseases. Sometimes though, you need to take your cat to the vet with typical “kitten ailments”. One example is diarrhoea, an often underestimated symptom.

Gum inflammation (Gingivitis) in cats

Gingivitis is the term for inflammation of the gums, which mostly manifests itself through redness and swelling of the mucous membrane surrounding the teeth. This usually painful gum disease is very common amongst cats and can be triggered by numerous causes. Thus, a detailed diagnosis is important in order to treat it correctly and at an early stage.

Hairballs (Trichobezoar)

Hairballs are usually not dangerous. We will explain how they come about and in which rare cases they can be dangerous for your cat.

How cats see

Cats are master hunters, even in the dark. But how do they do that? And is it actually true that cats are colourblind? We will explain how cats see the world and how their eyes are constructed. We will also give you tips should you have a cat with poor vision at home.

How You Can Recognise Pain in Cats

Cats can suffer from pain just as severe as us humans. The problem is simply that our pets often hide this from us. But without treatment, chronic pain can soon develop, therefore it is important to pay attention to changes in your cat's behaviour in order to start with the right pain treatment at an early stage.

Loss of Appetite in Cats

In specialist medical jargon, loss of appetite is also known as anorexia or inappetence. This is a pathologically reduced food intake, which can be triggered by different causes. However, the term has to be differentiated from what is known as pseudo-anorexia. This condition describes a sense of hunger with simultaneously disturbed food intake (e.g. due to injuries to the jaw or difficulties swallowing). In order to be able to understand how a loss of appetite can arise with cats, it helps to take a closer look at feline physiology: The feeling of hunger is primarily controlled by the hunger centre in the brain. It receives important information like the expansion state of the gastrointestinal tract from the hunger receptors located there. If the stomach is extremely full, the expansion receptors are activated and send the brain the signal that no more food needs to be consumed. In contrast, a feeling of hunger comes to the fore when the stomach is empty and the expansion sensors aren't activated. Along with this signalling pathway, however, the sense of hunger is also activated by other factors like hormones or state of health, such as by the cat's acute phase reactions. This is an important immune system reaction in which the body reacts to diseases with an acute inflammation, which is meant to encourage wounds to heal, for instance.

Neutering your Cat

When it comes to contraception and neutering for their own cats, animal lovers are often unsure. Neutering at an early stage appears to be essential when looking at cats without owners and overcrowded animal homes. But is it going to affect my cat if I deny it the chance to have offspring? What is the right moment for neutering? What makes temporary procedures different from neutering? And when is the right time for the procedure to take place? Regardless of whether you have a cat from an animal shelter a home or acquired one from a breeder, the question of potentially neutering your feline friend will have come up at some point. Cats from animal shelters are often already neutered before they are re-homed and as long as you aren't interested in founding a cattery, neutering is also recommended for pedigree cats.

Skin and Fur

Silky-soft cat fur isn't just nice to look at and stroke, but also fulfils important protective functions for cats, along with the skin that lies underneath. As fundamental parts of the feline body, they clearly signal when something is not right: if the metabolic processes are out of sync, the skin and fur often visibly suffer.

Why Cats Purr and How They Do It

Is there a better sound than a cat purring? For cat lovers, there surely isn't. Cats purr when they feel happy and this good feeling is spread to their owner. But did you know that cats also purr when injured or stressed? Read on to find out why cats purr and how they make this continuous, deep humming sound.

Worms Affecting Cats

Worms are a nasty chapter in the life of a cat owner. Nevertheless, most cat lovers come into contact with worms – especially if their cat enjoys outdoor access. Domestic cats too though can become infected with worms through contaminated foodstuffs.