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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is the most common heart disease diagnosed in cats. It is a disease that affects the heart muscle, causing the muscle to become thickened and ineffective in pumping the blood through the heart and the rest of the body. Credit: Thinkstock Cats suffering from cardiomyopathy are most often middle-aged to older cats. However, it is not impossible to see the disease in younger cats as well. It affects both males and females. Though any cat can develop HCM, some breeds are known to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. Currently, there are genetic tests that can detect the gene mutation responsible for HCM in Maine Coons and Ragdolls. RELATED: Cats,...

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...