Persian Cats and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy HCM

Daisy and Faith © Larry JohnsonHypertrophic 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 … Read More

Persian Cats and Tearing of the Eyes

© Pelaqita PersiansPersian Cats and Tearing of the Eyes The medical term for excessive tearing or watering of the eyes is “Epiphora.” Excessive tearing causes staining of the hair under the eyes on white or light-colored cats. It is important to determine the cause of your cat’s excessive tearing, as some problems can also be irritating and painful. Possible causes … Read More

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD1) and Persian Cats

© Pelaqita PersiansPersian cats are one of the breeds known to suffer from PKD1 (polycystic kidney disease). PKD1 is an inherited disease primarily found in Persian cats, related breeds, and cats with Persian ancestry. Other forms of PKD1 occur in other animals and in humans. PKD1 was occasionally reported in scientific literature as early as 1967, but actual study into … Read More

Prescription Diet Cat Foods – Real or Not?

© Adobe Stock ImageWhen a veterinarian says your cat needs a “prescription” diet, does that mean the food you are being asked to buy is high quality and contains healthy ingredients or is even necessary for your cat?  In my opinion: NO. In my experience of over 35 years of being a breeder, coupled with conversations with my own veterinarians, … Read More

Ringworm Treatment For Persian Cats

© Pelaqita PersiansRingworm is NOT a worm, it is a fungus. Ringworm spores can travel great distances on air currents and can be brought into your home on your clothing, shoes, and by your dogs and other pets.  Basically, ringworm spores are everywhere in the environment; outside as well as inside our homes. At some time or another, anyone who owns (or … Read More

Toxic Plants and Cats

© Pelaqita PersiansA list of the most common toxic plants that are poisonous to cats. Please note that lilies (*), in particular, are dangerous to cats. If a cat ingests any part of a poisonius plant, immediately rush the cat to a veterianrian and take the plant for identification. Almond (Pits of) Eggplant Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Aloe Vera Elaine Mountain Laurel Alocasia Elderberry … Read More

Traditional vs. Alternative Veterinary Care

So what exactly is the difference between traditional veterinary care and alternative veterinary care? There are many different ways that we, as veterinarians, can treat our patients and the real difference between traditional and alternative care is simply the approach used to treat a specific illness or ailment. I want to give you a brief overview of some of the … Read More

Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia

Tricuspid valve dysplasia (“TVD”) is rare in cats. That said, it is reported as the most common congenital heart disease seen in 17% of cats with congenital heart disease. The tricuspid valve is the valve that separates the top half of the right-side of the heart (the right atrium) from the bottom half (the right ventricle). This defect results in … Read More

Vaccines for Cats: We Need to Stop Over-Vaccinating

By: Lisa A. Pierson, DVM Dr. Pierson updates her site as new information comes to light. Therefore, it is suggested that you visit her Vaccine page at and scroll to the bottom for the “updated” date. If it is more recent than Novemer 2016, then please read the version at Dr. Pierson has over 28 years of experience … Read More

Veterinary Specialists and Your Cat

Understanding there is a difference in veterinary medicine between a veterinarian (who completes an accredited veterinary program, four years college, and then four years of a DVM program) and a veterinary specialist (who completes additional schooling beyond the DVM program) can be key to your cat’s health. When a veterinarian graduates from veterinarian college, they (just like with human medicine) … Read More