Cat Health Issues: From Allergies to Death (A-D)

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Cat Skin Problems

itchy cat

Cat skin problems? No. This fine looking cat is scratching his or her chin. The picture is here to simply illustrate the page and this cat has no skin problems that I know of. Skin problems in cats are quite … please continue reading

Can cats get hay fever?

Cat allergen pollen

Yes, cats can get hay fever only it is not referred to as hay fever in cats but an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity reaction. The same rules apply as for humans. The cats immune system reacts to things that are … please continue reading

Domestic cats allergic to grass

Domestic cats allergic to grass

There is a recent story of a domestic cat in the UK who is allergic to grass (The Northern Echo). Ironically, his name is Ronaldo after the great Portuguese footballer who of course plays on grass. His veterinarian diagnosed an … please continue reading

Should I put sunscreen on my cat?

Should I put sunscreen on my cat?

Should I put sunscreen on my cat? Yes, under certain circumstances you might. White cats are particularly in danger of getting sunburn on the tips of their ear pinnae (flaps) because their skin is exposed there and cats with white … please continue reading

Do cats get dandruff?

Cat dandruff

Do cats get dandruff? I think this is a far question because the best book on cat health that I have does not refer to the type of dandruff humans have but to walking dandruff caused by a reddish brown mite. This is not the same thing. However cats can it seems develop conventional dandruff for various reasons such as a poor diet. please continue reading

Can cats be allergic to humans?

Why do cats touch your face with their nose?

This is turning the tables in a dramatic way because almost all the literature on cat allergies concerns humans being allergic to cats. My research on the subject of cats being allergic to humans results in the conclusion that humans … please continue reading

Is Metamucil safe for cats?

Metamucil (Psyllium) is a human-use treatment for constipation. Is it safe for cats? There is some confusion on the internet. The simple answer is that it is not FDA approved for cats and dogs (in the US) as far as … please continue reading

My cat has arthritis what do I do?

Here are some things that you could consider doing if you think your cat has arthritis. The most common form is degenerative joint disease. The cartilage covering the surface of the joint wears out. The bone becomes rough at the … please continue reading

“Cleo” a Bagral cat

Bagral cat

This is a rare cat with an unusual appearance. Cleo looks very stocky and has a very definite wild appearance which is unsurprising because she is a wildcat hybrid. She is cross between a fishing cat which is quite a … please continue reading

Electric Shock and Burns in Cats

It occurred to me that Christmas is a good time to discuss this topic because, due to all the activity that Christmas brings (both to cats and people) and the extra electrical wiring for lights etc., the chances of a … please continue reading

Home Treatment for Megacolon in Cats

By Bruce in North Dakota, USA Intro by Michael: Occasionally chronic constipation is due to an enlarged, sluggish colon that is not working properly; it doesn’t contract to push the feces out. This condition is called megacolon. Feline megacolon requires … please continue reading

Cat Food Allergy Symptoms

What are the signs of an allergic reaction to food for a cat? The symptoms of allergic reactions are often rather vague and it is difficult for people to figure out what caused them and if it’s an allergic reaction … please continue reading

Can cats be allergic to humans?

There is an inordinate amount of information on the Internet about how people can be allergic to their cat. As I understand it, about 10%, or perhaps more, of the human population are allergic to cats. I wonder whether a … please continue reading

The Tip of a Cat’s Nose

This is a discussion about the tip of the cat’s nose and a follow up to my page on a condition called “Bengal Nose”. The tip of a cat’s nose is a triangle of skin and is made up of … please continue reading

The Blind Cat Rescue & Shelter

I’m sure many PoC regulars will be familiar with The Animal Rescue Site, part of the Greater Good organisation, where we can click daily to help to feed rescue animals in the USA, I’ve been doing this for years now … please continue reading

Two-legged Wonder Cats

I was reading the story of George Stubbs a two-legged cat cared for by cat welfare worker Jen. George Stubbs lived about five years and walked around on his front legs. His real legs were there but shortened. He had … please continue reading

Cat Vaccinations in the Tail

Giving cat vaccinations in the tip of the tail is a new idea. The aim is to save legs from being amputated if cancer forms at the site of the injection. When that happens the cat’s owner doesn’t want to … please continue reading

Grumpy Cat Gets A Movie Deal

By Elisa Black-Taylor Grumpy Cat has now been signed to star in her own movie. She is a household name around the world, with more than 930,000 likes on her Facebook page. She’s had television appearances on Today, Good Morning … please continue reading

Cat Dignity – Human Shame

What a wonderful little fella he is! I think this picture of an adorable kitten, named Justin, is brilliant but, of course, it is very sad and upsetting. However, his demeanor and proud stance seems to make things better except … please continue reading

Jeremy Kyle Explains Cat Obesity

The calories going in are greater than the calories going out (burned). That is the cause of cat obesity. It is not clever science and you don’t need clever diets and animal behaviorists to figure out how to fix the … please continue reading

Happy Anniversary Sealy!

By Elisa Black-Taylor This past weekend we celebrated Sealy’s one year rescue anniversary. He and 250 online friends joined us for a day of catnip and treats. It’s hard to believe he’s been with us a year now. It’s even … please continue reading

Cardi is Dying

This is just a quick update before we take her to the vet for euthanasia. She has taken a turn for the worse. I had booked in a vet’s visit today at midday to put her to sleep because she … please continue reading

Your Cat Hospice

The intention of this page is to share a personal experience concerning cat caretaking in the hope that it might help cat owners and cats. We have just been to the veterinary clinic with Cardi, a small female tabby cat. … please continue reading

Headless Cat Picture!

This is a bit of fun, that’s all. It is, obviously, not really a headless cat. Charlie, the black cat (brown cat?) in this picture has three legs. When he is grooming, which he has a habit of doing to … please continue reading

Picture Of Cardie

For non-regular visitors, Cardie is a cat that I am looking after while her very elderly female caretaker is in hospital after a fall. Cardie is very thin and small. She weighs 6 pounds (about 2.8 kgs). She has a … please continue reading

Blind Cat Homer Is Sick

By Elisa Black-Taylor Blind cat Homer could possibly be the most famous cat alive today in the U.S. His human companion, Gwen Cooper, wrote a best seller detailing his life in “Homer’s Odyssey”, and her new book “Love Saves The … please continue reading

Home Treatment For Cat Arthritis

This page is about cat osteoarthritis. This is degenerative joint disease – the wearing out of the cartilage that covers the surface of the joint resulting in bone to bone contact. The bone becomes rough which damages the joint. The … please continue reading

Why Does My Cat Overgroom?

I’ll tell you why my cat overgrooms. I am writing about Charlie my three-legged cat. When I first adopted him after my mother died, I did notice that he had a slightly bald patch on his stomach. I thought nothing … please continue reading

Our Cat Sealy Has Healed

By Elisa Black-Taylor Our cat Sealy has healed and is now living life as a normal indoor cat. For those who need to catch up on his stories, they are all listed here as well as many photographs taking over … please continue reading

I Cried So Hard

‘I cried so hard’ is a story of true love – the adoption of a blind cat and the happiness that followed. For me there is almost nothing so good, so touching and meaningful than a good woman adopting a … please continue reading

One Eared Cat

We hear lots about three legged cats. One eared cats are less common, thankfully. Sealy is a one eared cat. He survived that classic of dangerous environments, the automobile engine compartment. That space under the hood (bonnet in English, English). … please continue reading

Cognitive Dysfunction in Cats

There is not much on the subject of cognitive dysfunction in cats. We have to rely on common sense. Humans live much longer than they used to. This brings some problems to humankind, usually of the financial kind. The domestic … please continue reading

Vet’s Oath

The vet’s oath is at the core of all he or she does at work. If he breaks his oath, he cannot call himself a good vet no matter how good he is. That is my personal viewpoint. It is … please continue reading

My Kitten Got Burned

by Ariel (Ontario, Canada) i was playing with a lighter looking at the flame because i like fire and i guess my kitten did to because he jumped on the table where i had the lighter and started watching the … please continue reading

3 Legged Cat Picture

I love this 3 legged cat picture by the great Helmi Flick. She knows how to capture the cat! Photographically speaking. When I first saw this picture and some other Helmi pictures of Triton I did not notice that he … please continue reading

Three Legged Cat

by Michael (London UK) Charlie my three legged cat looking like a gargoyle in the prairie dog position but actually he is quite handome and sweet I have just taken in a three legged cat. He is big, heavy and … please continue reading

Ragdoll Cat Skin Scabs

by Bill (Dallas, TX) Santa Cat My 5 year-old Ragdoll cat has developed skin scabs that appear all over, especially the neck area. They get better when flea treatment is applied, but return after 2-3 weeks – too soon to … please continue reading

Living With A Disabled Cat

by Michael (London, UK) Blind Cat Thailand – Photo by AkumAPRIME (Flickr) Living with a disabled cat can lead to a closer bond between cat and person than is usual. Disabled cats cope because they have a bundle of tools … please continue reading

Home treatment for cat constipation

Photo: Tjflex2 A page about home treatment for cat constipation. I won’t describe the symptoms of constipation – we know them. Cats can suffer from the same problem. Some of the treatments are based on human treatments. What happens When … please continue reading

Feline Brain Tumor

Feline Brain Tumor by Michael (London, UK) Feline brain tumors are rare. Lymphosarcoma is the most common tumor of the central nervous system. The brain is part of the central nervous system. Different forms of lymphosarcoma affect different parts of … please continue reading

Feline Fibrosarcoma

Tuxedo cat (healthy but may be suffering a mild form of Feline Hyperesthesia)- see below for rights Feline Fibrosarcoma are highly malignant, highly aggressive, tumors. The word “sacrcoma” means cancer of the supportive or connective tissue. Just below the dermis … please continue reading

Feline Acne Treatment

One form of feline acne treatment5. Treatment for feline acne often only lasts for a limited time because the underlying cause remains the same. Feline acne is not similar to human acne to the point where one can draw an … please continue reading

Feline Dry Skin

by Michael (London, UK) Is there such a thing as feline dry skin? People search for it on the internet – hence this article. But how do they know or think that their cat’s skin is dry? You can’t see … please continue reading

Feline Asthma

Feline Asthma – This cat photograph is here to decorate the page, no more. The photograph by Sebastián LS. © under a creative commons license. This condition is also called Feline Allergic Bronchitis. This disease resembles human asthma. The disease … please continue reading

Cat’s Ears Cut Off

by Elisa Black-Taylor (USA) Katala’s ears are gone Katala Katala Cat’s Ears Cut Off is yet another example of a world gone mad. My daughter told me just before I left for work that a dog in Greenville near where … please continue reading

Cat Ringworm

Ringworm photo © topherous Cat ringworm is exactly the same as human ringworm as it is zoonotic, which means it is a disease or infectious agent that can be transmitted between animals and humans. The term zoonotic is strange as … please continue reading

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

by Elisa Black-Taylor (USA) Sugar who was dropped and left blind with brain damage Casper was surrendered to the sanctuary along with a Angel was born blind Max was left blind from an anesthesia reaction “The greatness of a nation … please continue reading

All Creatures Animal Hospital Mislead Us

by Michael Stock photo – copyright Stockxpert All Creatures Animal Hospital mislead us because their advice on when cat declawing should or could take place is contradictory and subtly encourages the declawing of cats in using what I consider to … please continue reading

Three Legged Cat Picture

I think that the large picture below (not the one on the right on the grass) is the best three legged cat picture on the Internet, even if I did take it myself and even if I have not checked! … please continue reading

Passive Smoking Affects Pets

Photo by Deathwaves This is just a reminder that passive smoking affects pets as much as it does people. I find that this is rarely discussed but it is a form of animal abuse that goes on silently, almost invisibly, … please continue reading

What happens when a cat dies?

What happens when a cat dies? It is more or less the same as when a human dies. There is either a cremation or burial. The cremation should be an individualized cremation organized by the owner. A veterinarian will organize a multiple-shared cremation. You can do what you like with the ashes. Is there an afterlife? please continue reading

Is It True That Cats Go Away to Die?

Do cats go away to die?

The question presupposes that domestic cats know when they are dying. The well-known Dr Desmond Morris (a zoologist who I completely trust) believes that cats don’t know what death is. If that’s the case they won’t know when they are … please continue reading

Do cats understand death?

Do cats understand death?

The answer will be a personal one because we can’t rely on science. I believe cats don’t understand death. They don’t fear death and are impervious to its ramifications. This is a question asked through Google search. Unsurprisingly Google fails … please continue reading

What percentage of white cats are deaf?

White cat sisters

People are interested in the prevalence of deafness in white cats. Fortunately, a useful research study tells us the information that we are looking for. The study is entitled: Aetiology, Prevalence and Diagnosis of Deafness in Dogs and Cats By … please continue reading

Do Raccoons Kill Cats?

Raccoon and cats. Are raccoons smarter than cats?

Yes, raccoons do sometimes kill domestic and feral cats. What I mean is that they sometimes kill small cat species which in this instance might mean an outside domestic cat. It doesn’t take long to realise this fact when doing … please continue reading

Paul’s Last Will and Testament


Paul was a much loved tabby cat. His caretaker/guardian was Wes, an American living in Texas. Paul recent died of kidney failure and old age; in short, natural causes. He was 26-years-of-age, a truly fantastic and a rare age for … please continue reading

Living With My Deaf Cats

By Jennifer Moore Living with a deaf cat is a very different experience than living with cats who can hear. The first thing you learn is that you obviously cannot call them by their name and expect a response. I … please continue reading

Colonel Meow has died

Colonel Meow, one of the most famous internet cats in the world, died January 29 after a brief illness. He was rescued several years ago by the Seattle Persian and Himalayan Society after being found abandoned on the side of … please continue reading

In Memory of Cassy

By Kylee This is in memory of my girl Cassy who passed away on 17/1/2014. She had problems breathing and had neurology problems. The vet said she would only last a few more days. So I made the, ever such … please continue reading

Typhoon Haiyan: Cat Rescue?

The only photo I have seen of a cat in the Philippines in the area of typhoon Haiyan since it struck  is the one above on the Human Society International website. Not much to shout about. I am concerned about … please continue reading

Assisted Dying for Cats and People

Cat euthanasia can be abused, while assisted dying for people is underused. Discuss. What is “assisted dying”? For me, it means a person helping another person to voluntarily die because they are terminally ill. It is a form of euthanasia. … please continue reading

The Animal Shelter Killing Room

Although very unpleasant, this is a picture that we should all see. Some PoC visitors have already seen it. “….all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work … please continue reading

Shelter Cat Dead Because Of A Lie

By Elisa Black-Taylor On July 25th, 2013, a beautiful 6-year-old calico named Bella (shelter ID-HCAS #1556521) was surrendered unlawfully to Hillsborough County (Florida) Animal Services by the daughter of the actual owners without their knowledge. The owner’s name is being … please continue reading

In Memory of Mischief

Introduction by Michael This page is in memory of Mischief. A visitor to the site, Claire Louise Harpham, recently made a comment about her cat Mischief. This is the comment…. Sadly yesterday our beloved cat Mischief passed away in my … please continue reading

Trash Bag Kittens

I am sort of speechless. I don’t know what to say about the people who put kittens in a trash bag, tie it up and carry it to some out of the way place or put it next to the … please continue reading

Mighty Quinn

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. ~ Jules Verne ~ “I remember one bobcat they had in here – now bobcats are an endangered … please continue reading

Saying Goodbye

This is a tribute to my Aristotle, I loved him deeply as I do all my pets. It is also about the importance of inoculating them to protect them which I do to all my beloved 4 legged family members. … please continue reading

Wrong Leadership At RSPCA

The RSPCA relies on donations from the animal loving public. What sort of RSPCA do they want? I am sure they want an organisation that has a direct involvement in animal welfare, which means a hands-on operation that saves the … please continue reading

Jack The Cat Has Died

Rest In Peace Jack Dear readers, it is with a heavy heart that I must report Jack the Cat has died over the weekend. He has joined all of our beloved cats on the Rainbow Bridge. Here’s a statement released … please continue reading

My Deaf Cat Annabelle Had An Accident

by Elisa Black-Taylor (USA) Annabelle on pain meds Annabelle in her carrier See drawer track on left My beautiful Annabelle My deaf white cat Annabelle had an accident on Wednesday morning. It happened in the kitchen and the entire event … please continue reading

HELP! Sudden Kitten Death!

Lilo when we rescued her Day before she died R.I.P Lilo & Sugar I don’t know if I’ve titled this correctly, but I certainly need help. Let me explain what’s going on. We adopted little Lilo on June 6th. Here’s … please continue reading

Accidental Ways To Kill A Cat

Furby and Lola say practice safe laundry Furby on the washing machine Always check INSIDE the dryer Today I received an email from a friend who did the unthinkable. She killed her one year old cat. It wasn’t intentional. Her … please continue reading

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