Cats get Heartworm?

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. Cry Baby - nickname -Trouble!

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

Rapid breathing

Difficulty breathing

Coughing up blood

Lethargy

Weight loss

Fainting

Anorexia

Seizures

Blindness

Circling

Loss of coordination

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Cats, Hyperthyroid and Foods to Avoid

Smokey JoeHyperthyroidism 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!

UTI’s in our Feline Friends

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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

Constant licking

Strong odors of ammonia in urine

Lethargy

Vomiting, Elevated water consumption

Hard, distended abdomen

Our Feline friends need vitamins too.  Keep them healthy and save a trip to the vet!