Cat Health & Care

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Health is wealth, both for our feline friends and their two-legged owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our cat health and care section provides expert advice on everything from cat grooming to parasite prevention, cat dental care, alternative treatments and more. Learn the basics of cat first aid and read up on the tools you should have on hand in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re curious about heartworm treatment, plants that are toxic to cats or the proper way to trim your pet’s nails, we've got your back when it comes to cat health.

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A Primer on Prednisone

The effectiveness of the use of Prednisone as a veterinarian medication depends upon the dosage prescribed. Different doses are used for different conditions: Low doses are mainly used for inflammatory conditions, like allergies. Moderate doses are used as appetite stimulants and antiemetic agents (prevents vomiting and nausea). High doses are used during chemotherapy treatment for cancer and for treatment of immune and auto-immune related diseases, like ulcerative skin diseases. Since cats require higher doses of Prednisone for desired results, they are most likely to face maximum side effects from the drug. The nature of the side effects depends on the period for which it has been ingested. If Prednisone is ingested for more than seven days, there is a chance that the cat may become dependent on the drug. Long term use suppresses the natural adrenal function and abrupt discontinuation of Prednisone can cause serious ailments. There are other effects of Prednisone, as listed below: Short term effects: Increase in high blood pressure, particularly in diabetic cats Fluid retention Renal disorders and increased urination Excessive thirst Poor coat quality Gastrointestinal ulcers and disturbances, such as vomiting and diarrhea Muscle degeneration Behavioral changes Long Term effects: Eye disorders Weight gain Cushing’s Disease

Faye N., owner of a Bombay

Hiding Could Be a Sign of Illness

If your cat is hiding and this behavior is relatively new, you may want to seek a veterinarian to make sure his behavior is not the result of a health issue. Cats tend to hide their illnesses (an instinct from when they were wild), so hiding may be your cat's way of doing this. Your vet can do an exam and a simple blood test to see if there are any issues going on. If he comes back with normal test results, it may be that this is just the way your cat's personality is. All animals are different and have different personalities. Even though you feel that you have given him a safe environment to live in and treat him well, he may just be a cat that is shy or scared by nature. The same as some people are more outgoing than others, this may just be the way that he is wired. It should be noted, though, that as time progresses he may come around. Take him to the vet to make sure this isn't a medical issue and continue to provide him with a safe, loving home.

JEN A., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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