Persian Cat Health Issues: Disease, Declawing & Medication


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!

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.

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.”

What is 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 Is Killing Cats – What To Do

It has been brought to our notice that felines are passing away as a result of the extreme heatwave. 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 the 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.

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 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

What is Declawing?

Declawing, also known as onychectomy, is an operation in which the cat’s claws are surgically removed. Declawing a cat increases the risk of bleeding and deformities. It is an extremely painful process, and the cat’s feet may continue to be sore for a considerable amount of time following the operation. Frequently, the cat will become overly sensitive to the regular touching of their feet during routine activities such as playing or grooming.

You should never allow a cat that has had its claws removed outside of the house. When a cat has its claws removed, it loses its primary means of self-defense. It’s not unusual for cats to develop new personalities after having their claws removed. Many cats have an exaggerated response to even modest stimuli, which manifests as biting or hissing. Some have litterbox difficulties.

Consider adopting a cat that has already had its claws removed if you are worried about damage that may be caused by scratching. If you have a cat that is constantly scratching, you may try using a repellant, a scratching post, a water bottle, and frequent cutting of the cat’s claws.

What Is A Well Balanced Diet For My Cat?

A healthy diet that is high in quality cat food is essential for the well-being of every cat. There are several high-quality options available, including Science Diet Kibble, Sensible Choice Kibble, Max Cat Kibble, and Eukanuba Kibble. Your neighborhood pet shop likely carries a variety of other high-quality brands as well. You should consider giving your cat a little amount of canned food in the morning and at night (using the above-mentioned brands). Please do not combine the dry kibble with the liquid food in any way. Both the wet and the dry food should be served in their own individual dishes.

Always make sure the dishes are clean in between meals.

It is highly recommended that you give your cat a treat at least twice a day. Your cat’s primary care veterinarian is the best person to advise you on the kind of diet your feline friend requires, whether it be normal or light food. Cats who may benefit from a little “weight watcher” in their diet should go for the light variety. If necessary, your veterinarian may also provide recommendations for extra vitamin supplements. Keep in mind that before you feed your cat anything other than its usual diet, you should always be sure to consult with the veterinarian first. Please refrain from giving kittens any food intended for humans.

One other item that is really vital: make sure that you ALWAYS have access to clean water. Daily cleaning of water bowls should include washing them with hot water and soap. Be careful to check on the water bowl many times during the day to ensure that it does not run dry and that the water in it is sanitary.

WARNING: Cats should not eat chocolate since it is poisonous to them and may cause death.

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