Parasitic ear mites are contagious, and your cat only has to come into contact with an infected cat to become a host. If ear mites are left untreated, they can begin to colonise in other parts of your cat's body. Additionally, ear mites can make your cat's ears feel so itchy they will scratch until they damage the inner ear, which can impair their hearing. Here's an overview of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment approach for ear mites in cats:
As a neurological condition, epilepsy can alter your dog's consciousness and cause them to experience seizures. There's not always a clear reason when a dog develops epilepsy, but some breeds, including springer spaniels, golden retrievers and Labradors, seem to be particularly prone to developing this illness. When your dog starts having seizures, it can be distressing for both you and them even though the seizures tend to last for only a few minutes, but understanding the condition can help you feel calmer during seizure episodes.
As the general population has gotten heavier, so has the world's cats. Extra weight has detrimental effects on a cat's health including a higher rate of diabetes, a higher strain on the joints and a higher rate of fatty liver disease. Here are some ways to help your cat manage their weight. Cat food, not people food Cats are naturally carnivores and they are happiest and healthiest on a diet high in protein and animal fat.
As our cats are loyal and valued members of the family, it's important that we keep their teeth in great, clean condition. With the lifespan of domestic cats increasing with better care and attention, we need to put effort into keeping their teeth healthy for longer now than in the past. Dental bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, reaching other organs and creating serious and life threatening issues for your cat in addition to causing general discomfort when eating and bad breath.
As your cat gets older, you may notice some behavioural changes. Most of these changes are perfectly normal and are to be expected in an older pet, for example, sleeping more or a waning interest in playtime. However, there are other signs that could be indicative of hyperthyroidism, a common condition in older cats. Could your cat be developing hyperthyroidism? Read on for more information. What is feline hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is a glandular disorder that most commonly affects older cats.