Information about Specific Diseases & Conditions
These pages are intended primarily to serve as supplemental information for our clients to help them understand why we recommend what we do and to explain what can be expected after a specific diagnosis. There is a lot of good information available to the general public concerning cat diseases and we don't feel that we need to repeat that here. Part of our goal here is to clarify and expand on specific information that we have given our clients. It is specific and is intended for our clients.
There are several forms that dental disease can take in cats. They include but are not limited to periodontal disease, broken and infected teeth, stomatitis, and resorptive lesions. This describes some of the more common problems that we see.
Fleas are very common parasites in this area that are easy to miss. They are usually fairly easy to eliminate.
Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common diseases we see in older cats. If caught early and monitored, there are a lot of potential treatments that can be very beneficial to cats with this disease.
Hyperthyroidism is a common disease in older cats. It is due to excess production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. This excess thyroid hormone causes an increase in the cat's metabolism. This usually causes the affected cat to lose weight despite an increased appetite. It also forces the internal organs to work excessively hard which usually causes at least some damage to those organs, especially the heart and kidneys.
If hyperthyroidism is caught soon enough and treated, the prognosis is good. This is one of the diseases that we screen for at least yearly in middle-aged and senior cats.
Diabetes is commonly seen in obese cats. This disease can usually be cured if caught early and treated closely. This page is intended for our clients only. Diabetes is best treated by one veterinarian giving one set of directions. "Too many cooks" can create a lot of problems when treating diabetes.
As an example (and this is an example, please don't use it as advice):
- Another vet might recommend a diet with about 50% dry matter protein (e.g., Purina DM), one unit of glargine insulin, and monitoring of blood glucose every four hours.
- We might recommend a diet with about 80% dry matter protein, one-half unit of glargine insulin, and monitoring of blood glucose every two hours.
- If you feed our recommended diet and then give one unit glargine insulin and monitor every four hours, your cat could get dangerously low levels of blood sugar before you take the first blood glucose measurement.
It is common for cats to get cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). The signs that people notice most commonly are frequent attempts to urinate, small amounts of urine produced at a time, urinating outside the litter box, and blood in the urine.
To treat cystitis effectively, it is important to understand the various causes of it. This page describes how we organize the information to make it understandable and useful.
Cats use litter boxes because they want to; not because they've been trained to use them. Cats don't know that it is bad to go outside the litter box. Humans generally consider it a bad thing when their cats decide to urinate (or defecate) somewhere in the house that isn't in the litter box. This section gives some reasons for this problem and some possible solutions.