Why Are My Cat’s Paws Peeling? (Vet Answer)

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It can be easy to overlook your cat’s paws, especially if he or she doesn’t like you touching that area. However, cats’ paws act as their hands and feet, so they serve a number of important functions. Running, jumping, climbing, feeling, grasping toys—all of these activities depend on the paws being healthy! Additionally, the paws … Read more

Retinal Detachment in Cats: Causes, Signs, and Care (Vet Answer)

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As a pet owner, having your cat diagnosed with retinal detachment can be overwhelming. It can happen quickly, with few (if any) warning signs, and the consequences—looking after a potentially blind or visually impaired cat—can be drastic. Thankfully, if retinal detachment is caught early enough, vision can be restored, meaning your cat can see again, … Read more

Why Do Cat Scratches Itch? 4 Common Reasons (Vet Answer)

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It is not uncommon for cat owners to get scratched from time to time, whether by accident during play, or as a result of an irritated swat. Most of us know how important it is to clean the area right away to prevent infection. Even when cleaned properly, cat scratches often feel itchy. This article … Read more

Feline Leukemia Virus in Cats (Vet Answer): Signs, Causes & Care

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Second only to trauma, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a leading cause of death in cats worldwide. In 2010, statistics suggested that it affected 2–3% of cats1, making it a crucial disease to consider for the health and well-being of the cat population. Fortunately, testing and vaccination programs have reduced the prevalence of the disease … Read more

Will a Cat Abscess Heal on Its Own? (Vet Answer)

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A cat abscess, defined as a painful collection of pus, is a common ailment, but it can often be difficult to detect because most cats dislike being examined when they are in pain1. Some abscesses look like lumps, and others may be open and weeping and appear obviously infected. Occasionally, your cat may seem to … Read more

5 Most Common Cancers in Cats (Vet Answer): Signs, Causes & Treatments

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It’s an unfortunate reality that cats are susceptible to cancer, just like humans are. Advances in veterinary medicine and pet care are making it easier to detect cancer, though, and with the subsequent increase in lifespans, the rates of diagnoses are increasing. However, diagnosis can still be difficult, especially since older animals are often suffering … Read more

Are Cats Able to Feel Pain in Their Whiskers? (Vet Answer)

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Your cat is cute as a button, with a friendly face made even more endearing by the presence of whiskers. But aside from their visual appeal, what purpose do whiskers serve in our feline friends? If trimmed or damaged, can cats feel pain in their whiskers? Thankfully, while cat whiskers can transmit sensory information, they … Read more

Blood Clots in Cats (Aortic Thromboembolism) – Vet Answer on Causes, Symptoms & Care

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Feline Aortic Thromboembolism (abbreviated FATE) is a highly fatal disease caused by a blood clot becoming stuck at the aortic trifurcation—the area where the blood supply to both back legs occurs. This condition almost always occurs acutely, and can come as quite a shock to owners. FATE can occur when your cat has shown absolutely … Read more

Can a Cat Remember Abuse? Everything You’ll Want to Know (Vet Answer)

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Cats are fantastic creatures and great companions. They purr, provide us with hours of entertaining internet videos, add warmth to our homes, and generally sleep. A lot. But just like some people, cats can have tough lives. Sometimes, this means seeing the not-so-friendly aspect of humans, as well, including intentional or unintentional abuse. Many abused … Read more

6 Most Common Eye Problems in Cats (Vet Answers)

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Eye problems in cats aren’t all that common, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t occur. Often, the types of issues seen are quite age-dependent. For instance, young cats can get specific illnesses, like infections and “cat flu”, which impact the eyes and are often viral or bacterial in nature, due to their developing immune … Read more