Mosquito season is right around the corner. Can your indoor cat be at risk for heart-worm disease? Heart-worm disease is caused by parasites. Heart-worm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a large worm, up to 14 inches long when fully developed and lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of the infected animal. It is transmitted by mosquitoes that infect both cats and dogs.
Cats of any age could possibly be affected. Cats, one year old through seventeen years old have been diagnosed with heart worms. The last I heard the percentage rate was 33 of reported cases of indoor cats and they may be at a higher risk level than cats that are allowed to go outside. Mosquitoes are the culprit: they are found throughout the central and eastern United States, particularly near oceans, lakes and rivers. Heart-worm disease in cats is often more severe than in dogs.
I have a friend that adopted a dog with heart-worm and it costs her thousands of dollars to try to save him. He developed pneumonia while on the medicine and she lost him. It is so sad, this could have been prevented. His name was Wiley and he was such a sweet Rottweiler. When compared to dogs, cats are naturally resistant to heart-worms but heart-worm disease in cats is often more severe! It’s a serious and fatal disease of the heart and lungs.
Discuss with your veterinarian about for preventative therapy for both your dogs and cats. If you are a pet owner or your pet owns you, Protect and love them and remember prevention is the best medicine, kind of like an apple a day… so consult with your Veterinarian.
Some cats show no signs of heart-worm, some symptoms are severe and some show only vague symptoms. When in doubt please visit your Vet.
Some of the symptoms of heart-worm in cats are:
Cough & Vomiting
Coughing up blood
Loss of coordination
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets , sea lions and (in rare instances) humans
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Hyperthyroidism can be a factor of a variety of medical conditions, a fast heartbeat, high blood pressure and enlargement of the heart. It is important to get your cat’s hyperthyroidism under control with medication and diet. (I use a natural supplement for cats thyroid health.) Therefore it can cause a variety of problems including damage to the eyes and other organs.
There are several foods which must be avoided if your cat has been diagnosed with this disease. Exclusion foods include; canned foods and dry foods with ingredients of seafood such as whitefish and salmon. Foods that include sweet potatoes, turnips, millet and sorghum should also be avoided.
Beef and poultry foods are best. There are also some herbs that are beneficial to your cat.
These herbs are;
Astragalus, an herb that is native to China and Mongolia helps to improve the immune system and is an effective treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Kelp, is an antioxidant from the sea, and it’s great for heart, joints, circulation and cholesterol.
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, and eases the digestive tract.
Keep in mind that these herbs are not only good for your cat. They are great for us too!
Smokey Joe is doing well. He still has not gained much weight back but he is holding his own. His coat is shinier and healthier looking, his yowling is not as often, only a couple of times a day which is in the morning when he wants his food and the evening when he knows it is time for his food. Oh yes, and when he wants to be held!
Smokey’s urine output has subsided somewhat but I believe it to still be in access of what it should be. I have recently started him on potassium, along with his supplements, because the loss of it through his urinating so much has to have a definite effect on his system.
Potassium is an electrolyte, like sodium and chloride, needed by the cells in the body to regulate the flow of water coming and going through cell membranes. Proper electrolyte function is particularly necessary for proper kidney and health function
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Potassium deficiency in cats is called hypokalemia. Potassium and other nutrients including calcium, sodium and phosphorus are essential for feline health. Potassium is essential for muscle, kidney and heart health.
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Cats with potassium deficiency may come down with a nervous disorder that you will be able to distinguish by nervous, skittish behavior. Especially if your cat is usually laid back and easygoing, pay attention to sudden changes in behavior. If your cat jumps at noises or shies away from strangers, this could indicate a potassium deficiency.
Prolonged potassium deficiency can lead to sudden cardiac arrest in cats. This means the cat’s heart stops, creating an immediate danger that demands fast action. Seek out a veterinarian if your cat goes into cardiac arrest. If your cat has prolonged potassium deficiency, you need to have emergency contact information for your vet on hand.
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Hyperthyroidism is very common with middle-aged and older cats; in fact it has become one of the most common ailments that vets see. It results when the thyroid glands (located near the cat’s windpipe) produce too much thyroid hormone.
My cat, Smokey Joe was diagnosed with Hyperthyroid. He would yowl constantly, eat and drink water like he would never have either again. His coat had become very dry, brittle and lack-luster. His urine was an over-abundance and his bowel movements loose and the smell unbearable. He had already lost 4 pounds. I felt so bad for my baby! I put him on a special diet That was recommended for him by our Veterinarian. He did not like the food in the dry or wet form and I did not want him on the prescription medication because of the side affects. Surgery was out of the question because I do not have that kind of money. I did some research on this subject and found a dietary supplement that addressed this issue with many great reviews. His coat is beginning to get a shine and he does not yowl constantly. He has gained some weight and the yowling has subsided until it is time to eat again. I still give him a tablespoon of wet food in the morning and night along with the Resthyro Gold twice a day, (which is his thyroid supplement) and at night with a vitamin supplement which is called (Daily Best Liquid) by Pet Naturals. Sometimes I give him a wet food treat three times a day and I leave dry food and water out at all times for all of my sweet little friends.
I also give Smokey Joe Beechnut baby foods. (meat) He needs the protein and he likes it!
Resthyro Gold is an all natural supplement without any side effects. The supplement is formulated to maintain the normal thyroid hormone production and support for digestion and the appetite. A cautionary note: it is not to be taken in conjunction with any conventional, prescription medication. http://www.amazon.com/PetAlive-PTYP001-Thyro-Pet-50-ml/dp/B000TMPQVW/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1349285427&sr=1-3&keywords=cat+thyroid
Hyperthyroid pets often lose weight despite a normal appetite and become nervous, irritable and vocal.They may be hyperactive and have a rapid heart beat, lethargic, apathetic and uninterested in food, or eat everything in sight. Unfortunately thyroid imbalances are extremely common in cats.
Symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism
Poor coat quality
Increased water intake
Increased urine output
Occasional vomiting or diarrhea
Hyperactivity, irritability, increased yowling
If you suspect your cat has an overactive thyroid or any other problem always consult your vet.
UTI’s In Our Feline Friends
Would you Know if Your Cat Had a Lower Urinary System Problem?
The next signs may suggest that the cat is having problems with his urinary system:
Lack of ability to urinate or only passing a tiny bit of urine
Frequent trips to the litter box
Lack of urinary control, dribbling
Bloody or cloudy urine
Elevated frequency of urination
Pushing and/or screaming in discomfort when attempting to pass urine
Fear/avoidance of cat litter box and accidents
Strong odors of ammonia in urine
Vomiting, Elevated water consumption
Hard, distended abdomen
Our Feline friends need vitamins too. Keep them healthy and save a trip to the vet!