Hairballs – The Midnight Gift

© Pelaqita Persian “Ack, Ack, Ack.” We all know that sound, it is a distinctive sound a cat makes as it coughs up a hairball. Even in the middle of the night when you are fast asleep, it is a noise that almost always will pop open your eyes. It is a sound that is guaranteed to make an owner … Read More

Hip Dysplasia in Persian Cats

Hip dysplasia is not as prevalent in felines as it is in canines.  Occurrences of hip dysplasia in cats are very rare.  As a former German Shepherd Dog breeder, I am well aware of this painful disorder.  In almost 20 years of raising and showing German Shepherd dogs, I had less than four incidences of hip or elbow dysplasia.  Hip … Read More

Household Poisons and Cats

Many common items that can be found in most homes are toxic to cats. Below is a list of some of those items. I have also outlined some of the symptoms that are common. What To Do:   IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN! What To Do:   IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN!

Inspection and Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears

© Adobe Stock Image There is an old saying about “an ounce of prevention …”. This is especially true with our cats and their ears. Routine ear care is one of the most overlooked areas of cat health and can result in ear issues that require a veterinarian’s intervention in order to resolve (infections or mite infestations). These types of … Read More

Obesity and Over-Weight Cats

Obesity is usually defined as 15% to 20% above ideal body weight. Less than 15% over ideal body weight is considered “over-weight”. Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Excessive weight results when more calories (energy) … Read More

On-Line Pet Medication and Vaccine Suppliers

For many years, I have recommended that one can save money by ordering cat-related medications, vaccines, and other cat-related products on-line. Below is a list of such suppliers who are all VIPPS accreditated for compliance criteria. I have made a notation by each supplier to indicate whether or not I have ever used the company for supplies.

Persian Cats and Anesthesia Safety

© Adobe Stock Images When considering surgery for your cat, discuss the surgical procedure including the anesthesia protocol with your veterinarian to determine what will be done and what drugs will be used. Most recommendations will include the following: Premedications are frequently given. Premedications are part of “multi-modal” anesthesia which will generally contain a combination of drugs such as a … Read More

Persian Cats and Jaw, Teeth and Bite Problems

Persian cats and some other breeds are brachycephalic; “Brachy” means “shortened” and “cephalic” means “head”. The skull bones of brachycephalic cats are shortened in length, giving the face and nose a “pushed in” or “flat” appearance. Due to the shorter bones of the face and nose, the anatomy and relationships with other soft tissue structures are altered. These breeds can … Read More

Persian Cats and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy HCM

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats that is characterized by the thickening of the heart muscle. It can result in congestive heart failure, thromboembolism (the blocking of a blood vessel by a particle that has broken away from a blood clot at its site of formation), and occasionally sudden cardiac death. Some of … Read More