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Cat Upper Respiratory Infection Feature

Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are common in cats, especially among cats housed closely together in such environments as animal shelters, breeding catteries, and boarding facilities. Cat URIs are also common among ferals living in large groups outdoors (feral cat colonies). What Are Cat Upper Respiratory Infections? Cats can develop infections of either the upper or lower respiratory tract. Feline URIs...

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Bacterial Infections In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Bacteria are everywhere! Most bacteria are harmless to both us and our cats, and many are actually beneficial. However, some types of bacteria (called pathogenic bacteria) can make our cats unwell if their immune systems are unable to fight them off. Bacterial infections are a common cause of illness in cats, but luckily most bacterial infections can be treated. What...

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‘Mad Itch’ Pseudorabies Virus Infection in Cats

What Is Feline Pseudorabies? Feline pseudorabies is a rare disease caused by pseudorabies virus (PRV, also known as suid herpesvirus-1), which is a herpes virus. Pseudorabies virus infection mainly affects farm animals (primarily pigs) but it is an unusual herpesvirus in that it is not species-specific (i.e., different species of animals including dogs, and more rarely, cats, can be infected). The...

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Cat Uterus Infection (Pyometra): Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

This article aims to explain the details of pyometra in female cats, a common and serious infection of the uterus which can be a life threatening condition. The aim of this article is to provide a simple, clear explanation about pyometra for cat owners. ​What Is Pyometra? The word “pyometra” is derived from the Greek for pus or infection (pyo)...

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Fungal Infections In Cats: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

The aim of this article is to provide a simple, clear explanation to help cat owners understand all about fungal infections in cats. ​​What Are Fungal Infections? A number of different pathogens (disease causing agents) can cause infectious diseases in cats: Parasites Viruses Bacteria Fungi (the plural of “fungus”) This article focusses on fungi, which cause fungal infections. When a...

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Feline Herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1) Infection: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1) is a very common viral infection in cats that causes upper respiratory infections (feline viral rhinotracheitis; FVR) and ocular diseases like conjunctivitis.  FHV-1 infection is the most common cause of ocular problems in cats and kittens. The initial infection most often develops in kittens around 8-12 weeks of age, and then most cats (estimated 80%)...

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Cat Bite Infection: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

It’s unlikely your snuggly kitty would ever intend to cause harm. But sometimes, cat bites happen accidentally—for example, during play or while trying to give a cat medication. Unfortunately, cat bites are prone to infections, which can quickly become serious. Here, we’ll cover cat bite infections, what to do if you’re bitten, how cat bites are treated, and how to...

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Roundworm Infection In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Parasites come in many forms. Some we can see on our cats, such as fleas and ticks. Others are not readily visible to us as pet owners. Internal parasites such as heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms all live inside your pet’s organs. Roundworms are an example of a common intestinal parasite, meaning that they live in your cat's intestines...

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Cat Ear Infection: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Most cats have adorable, active ears, constantly moving around and scanning the horizon for new sounds. In some cases, however, these lovable feline ears become infected, serving as a source of pain for cats. If this happens, it’s important to recognize the problem quickly and seek treatment, before you end up with a much larger problem on your hands. What...

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