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Common Cat Parasites

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Having regular veterinary examinations performed for your cat is the best way to keep your cat healthy. In most cases, your veterinarian will likely recommend blood and urine testing as part of a thorough examination. If your cat is not feeling well, blood and urine testing may be necessary to diagnose your cat's illness. Credit: Thinkstock We've talked about common blood tests and what we can learn from them in a previous post. Today, I'd like to talk about urine tests and explain what your veterinarian may be looking for in your cat's urine. RELATED: Taurine Deficiency in Cats Urinalysis is, by far, the most commonly performed urine test. A urinalysis (or UA as it is often called) is...

Foods for Constipated Cats

Constipation is a troubling and common digestive tract problem for cats. It occurs when the stool is too large and/or too firm to be expelled. Constipation is the likely culprit when a cat is straining in the litter box and produces few or no stools, or those stools that do come out are dry and firm. Credit: Thinkstock Many conditions cause constipation in cats, including: Dehydration – caused by: –Disease –Dietary factors (e.g., inadequate water intake) –Medications GI motility problems – caused by: –Electrolyte abnormalities –Intestinal inflammation (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease) –Medications RELATED: Diarrhea (Long-term) in Cats Difficulty defecating – due...

Cats are infected with heartworms in the same fashion as dogs. The bite of an infected mosquito spreads the parasite and can be responsible for infecting your cat. Credit: AOL Heartworms themselves are parasitic worms that live in the arteries of the lungs and in the heart of an infected animal. When a mosquito feeds on a heartworm-infected animal, the mosquito can become infected with microfilaria, a larval form of the heartworm that is found in the bloodstream of infected animals. Once introduced, the microfilaria continue to mature within the mosquito until they reach an infective stage. At that point, if the mosquito feeds on another susceptible animal, the microfilaria can be passed...