Common Cat Diseases and Symptoms


Expressions of beauty, sweetness, and openness are typical of traditional Doll Face Persians. Their wide, round eyes are the most striking feature of their appearance. Their eyes are a dazzling jewel-like color that was selected to complement the color of their coat. They have been revered for many years by illustrious individuals for their beauty, elegance, and the beautiful company they provide.

The dimensions of the traditional doll face, including its length and placement. The size of a Persian person’s nose is proportional to the shape of their face. They are enormous, powerful cats with gorgeous long fur coats that add an air of elegance to whatever setting they adorn. Their bones are well-packed, and their bodies are well-muscled. They are exceptionally hardy and vigorous, with a lifespan of up to 20 years and often even longer. They are in no way delicate. They were designed to endure, much like a superbly carved wood dresser from the turn of the century! They are very dependent on the company of humans, as well as desiring that company, and they are undeniably friendly and compassionate. They are, in every sense of the word, the consummate indoor and lap cats.

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis might cause problems for pregnant women! It is one of the few illnesses that may be passed between people and cats. The odds of catching it from your cat, on the other hand, are slim. (People are more prone to contract it through meals like pork.) Nonetheless, it is important to be aware that cats may transport it. You may have your veterinarian examine your cat using a stool sample. (It seems that cat feces older than 24 hours provide the most danger for this parasite.)

It is simple to prevent toxoplasmosis, and you do not have to give up your cats during pregnancy. It just needs that you have limited interaction with the feces of your cats. While you are pregnant, have your husband, a neighbor, or someone else changes the litter box. Not only will this reduce your chances of developing this condition, but it will also avoid any difficulties caused by breathing in clay dust and trash residue.

Pregnant women should be aware that bird feces carry a parasite that is harmful to them! If you maintain birds, you should delegate the task of cleaning the bird cages to someone else.

Urinary/Bladder Problems

Unfortunately, certain cats are predisposed to urinary crystals and bladder stones. Frequent visits to the litterbox, difficulty peeing, or weeping in the litterbox are all symptoms.

Choose a carefully prepared meal to help avoid such situations; your veterinarian may give suggestions. The Science Diet includes a meal that aids in the prevention of crystals.

Teeth/Jaw Problems

Unfortunately, Persians can suffer from jaw and tooth issues. (This can also happen with other breeds.) Some argue that such issues are primarily the result of Persian breeders’ efforts to shorten the nose while retaining the strong, deep jaw.

Crooked teeth may cause problems in a Persian’s mouth. (Please keep in mind that crooked baby teeth can sometimes be replaced by straight adult teeth.) A protruding lower jaw is another potential issue. In other words, the bottom teeth protrude further than the top teeth. Another problem could be a twisting of the lower jaw. Teeth can protrude past the lips or poke into the gums or roof of the mouth as a result of such twisting.

In the hopes of resolving these issues, some breeders have been known to clip the Persian’s teeth. Clipping, on the other hand, is somewhat contentious. The possibility of bacteria entering the bloodstream and causing endocarditis must be considered. Please consult your veterinarian about safe, effective solutions if your Persian has teeth and/or jaw problems.

Stud Tail

A stud tail is a dark, sticky material found at the base of a cat’s tail. It sometimes has a bad odor. It happens in men (typically as a result of stress) and is not dangerous. The secretion is produced by a gland near the base of the cat’s tail. To begin treating it, shave the affected region. This will help the skin to breathe more easily. If the skin is raw, wiping it with alcohol may cause significant discomfort and burning. Instead, try one of the several stud tail-specific feline shampoos. They perform well.

Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus. Patches of hair loss and/or a red, scaley circle on the skin might be symptoms. Some cats might have ringworm and not exhibit any symptoms. If you have more than one cat, it makes little difference whether one has it since ringworm is so infectious that you will have to treat all of them. Treatment normally lasts 6-8 weeks, but you must adhere to it. Here are some treatment options for the condition.

  1. Shave the cat’s hair and put him/her on a vet-prescribed oral medicine. (Spotodiax is said to be superior to Fulvicin since it has fewer adverse effects.) Consult your veterinarian.)
  2. Lamisil may be used topically to infected regions in both humans and cats.
  3. Dip the cat twice a week in LymDyp.
  4. Sprinkle Lotrimin Athlete’s Foot Powder on the floor twice daily, then vacuum (be sure to change the bag after each time).
  5. Spray a diluted Clorox solution all over the home, including furniture, carpets, and walls.
  6. Perform a daily examination using a black light.
  7. Launder whites with an antifungal washing ingredient and lots of bleach.
  8. Spray the cat’s coat every day with diluted Clorox bleach in water (1 part chlorine bleach + 30 parts water).

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Do you recall the time when:

You used a wood burner to bake the bread, right?
Are you saying that the whites were cooked in copper?
Aprons were traditionally worn by mothers, right?

AND…..

They possessed the appearance of porcelain dolls, were strong and healthy, could live up to 20 years, and PKD was unheard of in Persian cats. Even if your memory isn’t what it used to be or you aren’t old enough to “remember when,” you may still enjoy the future……by remembering the past……with a Traditional Doll Face Persian!

The insidious condition known as polycystic kidney disease, or PKD for short is one of the most significant challenges facing contemporary Persian breeders today. This condition is passed down through generations and is characterized by the presence of cysts in the kidneys from birth forward. The kidney will gradually expand as the cysts continue to develop, which will result in a significant loss of renal function. Clinical manifestations of PKD don’t appear until later in life, on average at roughly 7 years of age; older animals have cysts that are both bigger and more frequent. Unfortunately, kidney failure is the last stage of life and death.

We are delighted to be in a position to provide you with kitten knowledge that is comparable to those that were available in “the good old days.” We want to bring a healthy, happy, friendly, and stunningly gorgeous kitten into your life so that we may significantly improve the quality of your life. We are able to provide you with this assurance because we have combined the knowledge of today with the very finest practices from “the good old days.”

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic condition that runs in Persian families. Even if only one parent carries the gene, it can be passed on to the kittens. PKD is known to kill children as young as 2-6 years old by filling the kidneys with cysts and destroying healthy kidney function.

PKD is causing a lot of debate among Persian breeders. The jury is still out on the gravity of this issue. Although it appears severe in some cats, many others live normal, healthy lives. Most responsible breeders will not cross-breed two PKD-positive cats. Some people believe that PKD-positive cats should not be used in breeding programs.

Hair Knots

It is important to note that Persians and other longhaired breeds must be brushed/groomed everyday or every other day. The cat can only do so much to keep his or her coat healthy on his or her own. As a result, human intervention is frequently required. To untangle the knots, use a metal comb and a detangling solution. You may use professional grooming scissors to remove stubborn knots. To avoid harming the flesh, first move the comb beneath the knot. Then, using the scissors, snip the knot off the comb’s top. If you are at all unsure about conducting this procedure, do not hesitate to hire a professional groomer.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

  • What is Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP?

FIP, like FELV and FIV, is an auto-immune illness caused by a coronavirus. There are no viable treatments or diagnostic tests available. FIP might be caused by a mutation of the Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV), but no one knows for sure.

  • Which cats are at risk?

FIP is most often seen in kittens or young cats that have had interaction with other cats. Households with just one cat are claimed to be devoid of all coronaviruses. (Having more cats raises the risk of FIP.) It is a communicable illness (feces may contribute to transmission). It seems to reason, therefore, that catteries should educate themselves on FIP. It is very difficult to detect – FIP may wipe out an entire cattery, but another cattery may lose one kitten and never see FIP again.

  • What are some of the symptoms?

Wet: fluid-filled abdomen/chest, swollen lymph nodes, jaundice, moderate anemia, and gastrointestinal distress

Dry symptoms include weight loss, sadness, anemia, and fever, as well as indicators of renal failure, pancreatic illness, liver failure, neurologic disease, ophthalmic disease, and inflamed organs.

  • What can I do to prevent my cat from getting it?

There is a test that can identify a coronavirus, but it cannot tell you whether or not your cat has FIP. This exam obviously has a lot of flaws. Everything that has come into touch with a sick cat should be properly cleaned with disinfecting chemicals.

  • How about a vaccine?

There is a vaccination, although there is great debate about it. There seem to be numerous unanswered issues concerning its usefulness. Many veterinarians will not recommend immunization.

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Please click on the following link for more information on polycystic kidney disease in felines so that we may respond to your questions: www.felinepkd.com

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion Is Killing Cats – What To Do?

It has been brought to our notice that felines are passing away as a result of the extreme heat wave. When a cat pants, the kitten is too hot! You are in an emergency scenario!

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR OWNERS:

The feet of the cat should be submerged in cold water (NOT ice water), and all four feet should be submerged. At the same time, use ice-cold water to soak the top of the cat’s head in the space between the ears. In order for the skin to get moist as well, properly soak the fur at the top of the head.

Once the cat has stopped panting and is breathing normally, please place a cold pack in the kitty’s bed or in the area of the house where the cat prefers to rest, and then have the cat lie on top of the towel that is covering the cold pack.

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR SHELTERS AND RESCUES:

In the event that there is no access to cool air, instruct your volunteers to walk through the shelter and soak the head of each cat with cold water, just as was done for owners in the section above. If the heat is really intense, you may also wet the cat’s whole cage every hour. Additionally, spraying each cage with water on a regular basis would be beneficial.

  • FOR HEAT STROKE OR FAINTING:

We use Bach 5 Flower Rescue Remedy liquid, a drop in the mouth or on the ears can assist revive a cat in this sort of distress.

Metacam

Warning – Metacam (Meloxicam), A Painkiller Prescribed By Veterinarians, Could Be Harmful To Your Cats! 

A few weeks ago, the Silver Persian of a buddy of mine died following minor dental surgery. She was just 6 years old and in utterly prime physical condition for her whole life. The doctor had a hunch that the cat had an unpleasant response to the relatively new medication called Metacam, which vets have just begun prescribing for cats. An autopsy was able to determine that the individual had died as a result of using Metacam.

My friend discovered, through internet research, that this medication has been responsible for the deaths of so many cats, frequently following dental procedures, that there is an entire website devoted to postings from people about their experience with losing their perfectly healthy kitty due to the use of Metacam. (See the link to these posts at the conclusion of this article.)

And on a personal level, I can attest to the unsettling effects that this substance may have. My cat George, who was rescued in 2005, suffers from a little bit of arthritis. Just a few weeks before I found out about my friend’s news, my physician (who is, by the way, a very, very fine veterinarian) recommended Metacam for him. The vet suggested 2 drops in Georgie’s meal every 3 days. After the second dosage, Georgie began to have some nausea and vomiting almost every time she went to bed.

I didn’t waste any time in taking him to the veterinarian, and both she and I suspected that it may be a result of his having a sensitivity to the food that we feed him. However, adjusting what I ate had no positive effect. Then, my good buddy shared with me what the side effects of Metacam were for his cat! I immediately discontinued the medicine, and after a few days of his being late for his next dosage, he stopped throwing up, and he hasn’t done so again since then.

Naturally, I reported it to my veterinarian. She had not been informed by the medication representative that there were any issues that were taking place as a result of the use of the Metacam. It is a blessing that my veterinarian was so cautious to provide a tiny amount to Georgie.

*Update:
Here is an article giving specific information on the risks of the use of Metacam in cats and also a link to postings from people who have had terrible experiences with giving Metacam to their cats. Please spread the information to your veterinarian and cat-owning friends so that they are knowledgeable about the safety of its use, the dosages vs. risks, and can make an informed decision when weighing the need vs. risk of its use.

Here is a link to another good source of information on Metacam: http://www.felinecrf.org/causes_of_crf.htm#toxins  It is from a wonderful website that is totally dedicated to information on Feline Chronic Renal Failure: http://www.felinecrf.org/index.htm

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