After living with cats for over 20 years now, I sometimes think I know a lot. Actually, I know very little, but I am always eager to learn more especially when it concerns the heath and nutrition of my kitties. I read over 50 cats blogs a day as well as Cat Fancy and Modern Cat. I also read every book about cats that I can get my hands on.
Recently, I have been learning some basics that every cat owner should know. A local shelter has a low cost clinic that is a Godsend being that my husband and I have 15 cats. I apologize to those that read my blog as I have already passed this information along, but if a few more people can benefit from it then it is worth repeating.
I brought Polar Bear in for a checkup when he had a respiratory infection. I also wanted blood work done because he seems to have lost a little weight. They were kind enough to tell me to wait for 4-6 weeks after he recovers from the infection before having his blood tested. I didn’t know that many diseases like kidney and liver will test normal when the cat is sick. I appreciate their not wasting my money as well worrying about my pet’s health.
Another one of our cats, Millie, was recently diagnosed as having hyperthyroidism. The vet was also nice enough to let me know that we should eventually test for kidney disease because that can be disguised behind the hyperthyroidism. Millie also gave me a lesson I would like to forget regarding worms.
When he originally went in for a checkup because he was losing weight, I had him dewormed. I thought maybe that was why he was losing weight and even though our cats stay inside, we had fleas last summer. My fear was tapeworms and of all things, he passed a round worm. Apparently, cats can pick up eggs from our shoes and potting soil. Millie loves to “wear” our shoes so he could have gotten it from there. Our plants are off-limits in the diningroom, but I planted cat grass in potting soil so he may have gotten it from there. If your cats have access to shoes or soil, I recommend you deworm and keep those items away from them.
Hope this information has been useful to some of you.
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