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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

There are various things that can go wrong with this life-sustaining system and some can have fatal consequences. Here are the signs to look for.

June 2016 - The feline urinary system relies on two structural components: an upper tract and a lower tract. The upper urinary tract consists of two kidneys, which handle the biochemical processes; and two slender tubes (ureters) — one leading from each kidney — that deliver waste-containing urine from those organs down to the lower tract. …

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Nutritional Deficiencies in Cats

Nutritional Deficiencies in Cats

Todays commercial cat foods are generally well-balanced and complete and you can get into trouble if you try a homemade diet or give supplements.

While individual cats may differ dramatically in various ways, all are alike in their need for a nutritionally sound and palatable daily diet. Fortunately, says Cailin Heinze, VMD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Cummings School, nutritionally sound cat foods are readily available in abundance these days on the shelves of local supermarkets and pet supply stores. …

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Sense of Taste in Cats

Sense of Taste in Cats

It's more complex than previously believed, and the findings may help to improve flavors in cat food.

According to new research, cats have a much more refined sense of taste than previously believed, and they are highly sensitive to bitter flavors. The findings may help explain why cats are notoriously finicky, avoiding foods that may be fortified with bitter-tasting vitamins and minerals. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study also provides insight into how sense of taste evolved in all mammals, including humans. …

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What is Megacolon?

What is Megacolon?

Unrelieved constipation can make your cat extremely uncomfortable, and may even require surgery. Here's what you should know about this condition.

Obviously, it’s very distressing to a cat owner if she witnesses the plight of an otherwise healthy animal having difficulty moving her bowels. The cat will crouch over her litter box and stare fixedly ahead — her abdomen contracting and her legs and hind quarters quivering as she strains to pass an impacted stool. If her efforts pay off at all, she may eventually pass a small, hard, dark-colored fecal mass into her litter box.…

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