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Cat Illness

Illness and common conditions in cats

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Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis is a common, frequently underdiagnosed condition seen in cats and whilst it predominantly affects older cats signs may also be seen from a young age. Commonly the signs of arthritis…

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Behaviour Problems in Cats

Cats are now the most popular pet in the UK and the bond between cats and humans can be very rewarding. As our understanding of cat behaviour increases, this bond strengthens and knowledge…

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Corneal Ulceration in Cats

The eyes of our domestic pets have a structure and function very similar to our own eyes. This means they can have the same eye problems that humans can develop including cataracts, glaucoma…

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Cystitis in Cats

Cystitis is a condition characterised by inflammation of the bladder. The signs that a cat will display include squatting excessively to try to pass urine, increased frequency of urination,…

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Dental Disease in Cats

Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the mouth that causes weakening and eventual loss of the supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause…

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Diabetes in Cats

The glucose in the blood is derived from the food your pet eats and is required for the normal function of all the cells in the body. A hormone called Insulin is needed to bring the glucose…

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Diarrhoea in Cats

Diarrhoea is defined as a change in consistency of the faeces to a more liquid and loose consistency. Diarrhoea is a reasonably common condition, more noticeably so in young or elderly…

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Fleas in Cats

Fleas are a common problem for cats, and can cause serious irritation .  They are small wingless insects that bite cats (and other animals) to feed. A single flea can bite up to 400 times a…

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Glaucoma in Cats

The eyes of our domestic pets have a structure and function very similar to our own eyes. This means they can have the same eye problems that humans can develop including cataracts, glaucoma…

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Heart Disease In Cats

Heart disease in cats can have a number of different causes: it may be primary idiopathic (meaning no identifiable underlying cause) it may be secondary to other disease such as…

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland) is one of the most common conditions that we see in older cats. The thyroid gland is responsible for controlling the body's metabolism and when…

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Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney disease is one of the most common conditions seen in ageing cats, although it may be seen in cats of any age. The typical signs include an increase in thirst and urination, a reduction…

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Skin Allergies in Cats

Skin disease in cats is most frequently due to fleas, even if they are not always seen. If a cat continues to scratch, overgroom or lose hair once a comprehensive flea control program has…

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Vomiting in Cats

True vomiting in cats, like people, needs to be distinguished from: Retching after coughing - this will usually involve a lot of effort and produce clear/white foam. Regurgitation - this…

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