information DOES NOT replace professional veterinary care. It is
intended solely for educational purposes. Your pet's medical condition
should be evaluated by a veterinarian before implementation of any
medical or husbandry changes. If there is a potentially life-threatening
emergency involving your pet, take your pet to a veterinarian or
veterinary facility IMMEDIATELY.
I just wanted to ask for your help because I have a kitten of
the age of 2 to 3 month old and her eye is really watery and it
has gunk at times. What would you recommend for her?
Cat’s have very sensitive eyes that can be irritated by foreign
material such as dust or fumes. Red runny eyes can also be caused
by viral or bacterial infections. Upper respiratory tract infections
often cause conjunctivitis (inflammation lining of the eyelids and
surface of the eye) and even ulceration. If left untreated the eye
may become scarred and vision may even be lost. Although unlikely,
some bacterial causes of conjunctivitis in cats may be transmissible
to people, particularly those with abnormal immune systems. A visit
to your vet is in order to assess your cat’s condition but
in the meantime you can flush the eye gently using contact lens
saline solution or eye wash and apply a warm moist compress to the
eyelids to remove any discharge. Wash your hands well before and
after touching the cat’s eyes.
My cat has runny white-ish colored feces. I know she has worms
and just treated her. Is that a common symptom?
Diarrhea can be caused by dietary changes, intestinal parasites,
infectious diseases, stress, metabolic disorders and other serious
abnormalities of the digestive tract. If the cause of your cat’s
diarrhea is parasites (“worms”) then a fecal examination
by your veterinarian is in order to determine the type of parasite
and the treatment. Not all parasites are treated by the same medication.
Diarrhea can be very serious and even fatal because the cat can
become dehydrated. This is especially true for young kittens –
for them diarrhea is an emergency. Please consult your cat’s
veterinarian to determine the cause of her diarrhea and its treatment.
wants to know:
My cat has an oily streak down her back for the last few days.
Could the heat be the cause. She was not near anything oily.
Cats are usually fastidious groomers so it is unusual to have a
sudden change in coat condition. Hot weather isn’t the cause
but many of the topically applied flea products will cause an oily
spot in the area of application (remember: ALWAYS follow label directions
and NEVER use a dog product on a cat). Overweight cats who can’t
reach to groom themselves often have dandruff and oily fur on their
backs. Excessive brushing can also make the coat seem greasy. Some
cats, particularly unneutered male cats have a condition called
“stud tail” caused by overactive sebaceous gland activity
near the base of the tail, neutering usually resolves this. A consultation
with your vet will determine the cause and bath with a medicated
shampoo may be recommended.
Why do my cats smell each other's pinkies (anus) especially
as I setting up food. Woody a black/white shorthair male really
likes to "get up in there." He will smell any ones pinkie
at any time. No charge!! All 4 of our cats are adopted or rescued.
Woody lived next door and was probably a year when he first started
coming in our yard. Then his humans moved. Without him. Some people
I wish I could do something to.... By the time they moved he was
pretty much moved in...anyway, I don't remember any one doing that
until he came to bless our house. Thank you from one of the soldiers
out here working in the trenches to do all we can to help all animals.
Cats recognize each other by scent and they mark their territory
by secreting pheromones from glands on their cheeks, paws and anus.
These scent signals are particularly important when cats are establishing
their dominance hierarchy. When a resource such as food is presented,
the cats must decide among themselves who gets to eat first so they
sniff each other to get the pheromone signals. The old cats probably
had a well established hierarchy and so they were more casual about
signaling but Woody may still be trying to find his place in the
group and needs to check the signals a little more often.
after two years is my cat using my BED to pee in? I have 5 cats
and two years ago I brought home a puppy - who is very calm (mostly
new foundland) and is very submissive to the cats. The cats all
have free reign to come and go in and out as they please. For the
last 6 years I have had no cat box since they are trained to go
outside. But as I mentioned, suddenly she is using my bed as a toilet.
Any ideas? The urine does not crystallize, nor is there blood or
a stronger than normal odor.
am sorry that you are having trouble with your cat because he is
urinating on the bed, I know this is upsetting but it is important
to identify the reason for this behavior in order to help preserve
your relationship. Inappropriate elimination is a problem commonly
encountered by veterinarians and in most cases medical and/or environmental
causes are involved. In some cases, bladder infection or irritation
may cause the cat discomfort during urination, which he then associates
with the litterbox or other usual elimination spot, prompting him
to try other locations. These conditions require medical attention
from your veterinarian. In other cases poor litterbox hygiene or
conflict with other cats in the house may make the box less inviting.
Since your cat formerly eliminated outside, is it possible that
something is making that a less attractive option? Maybe there are
other animals outside (dogs, raccoons, other cats) or perhaps another
health related issue is making your cat reluctant to make the effort
to go outside. Why not offer an indoor litterbox as another option
for your cat? Many cats are very particular about their litterboxes
so it is important to keep them very clean and to provide additional
boxes to give the cat another option if one box is not acceptable.
The rule of thumb is to have one more litterbox than the number of cats! Please discuss your cat's problem with
your veterinarian who can best help you to determine the cause of
your cat's behavior and find a solution!