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Cats

We strive very hard to be a cat friendly clinic providing healthcare and advice for all cats.

Our main aim is to keep your cats fit and healthy but when they get sick, we are there 24/7 to provide advice and care to make them better again.

Below is a selection of information and advice sheets covering some of the more common cat queries we receive.

Why not also check out our Blog page where we regularly talk about interesting feline topics?

If you have any concerns about your cat, call us on 01243 842832 and we will be very pleased to help you.

 

  Neutering Advice

Neutering Advice

Feline Neutering Advice   Here at AlphaPet we are strong believers in preventative healthcare. Prevention is always better than cure! One of the most important things we can do to aid with this motto is to neuter cats at an early age, if they are not being used for breeding. In the... read more »

  Vaccinations

Vaccinations

Recent advances in medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines that are available for use in cats. Currently cats can be vaccinated against six different diseases:- Feline panleukopenia (= feline infectious enteritis; feline parvovirus) Feline herpes virus type 1 (= FHV-1; feline rhinotracheitis virus) Feline... read more »

  Indoor Spraying

Indoor Spraying

What is spraying? Urine spraying is part of the cat's normal scent-marking behavioural repertoire which also includes scratching, rubbing, chinning, bunting (depositing secretions from head glands on twigs etc., and middening (leaving faeces uncovered). Using these scent markers cats can deter others from their range and cats which share... read more »

  Cat Bite Wounds

Cat Bite Wounds

What is the cause of fight wounds on a cat? Over 90% of septic wounds in cats result from cat bites sustained during a cat fight. Dog, rat and other rodent bites can occur but they are much rarer. Why do cats fight? Cats are very territorial. They fight with... read more »

  Miliary Dermatitis

Miliary Dermatitis

Feline miliary dermatitis/flea allergy dermatitis What is feline miliary dermatitis? Feline miliary dermatitis is a general term to describe a skin condition that usually involves an allergic response. It is a very itchy skin problem and affected cats may lick, bite and scratch at the affected skin. The cat’s... read more »

  Feline Leukaemia

Feline Leukaemia

What is Feline Leukaemia Virus? Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is one of the most important viral infections of cats, being a common cause of illness and death. In general, around 1-2% of the cat population is persistently infected with this virus, but the proportion of cats infected differs according... read more »

  Elderly Cats

Elderly Cats

There are now more pet cats than dogs in Britain. Increasingly, with improved nutrition, health care and management changes, more and more of these cats are living to greater ages. In America, over the last ten years there has been a 15% increase in cats over 10 years of... read more »

  Cystitis

Cystitis

What is cystitis? Cystitis is a general term referring to inflammation in the urinary bladder. The term cystitis does not imply a specific underlying cause. In cats, diseases of the lower urinary tract (the bladder and urethra) are grouped under the term ‘feline lower urinary tract disease’ (FLUTD) as it... read more »

  Dental Disease

Dental Disease

How common is dental disease in cats? Dental disease is one of the most frequent ailments seen by veterinary surgeons, and can be found to some degree in the majority of cats over two years of age. The most common problems are due to periodontal disease, gingivitis and neck... read more »

  Cat Scratch Disease

Cat Scratch Disease

What is cat scratch disease and what causes it? Cat Scratch Disease, or Cat Scratch Fever, is a disease of humans, not of cats. However, a cat scratch is often associated with the disease, although this is not believed to be the means by which infection occurs. The disease... read more »

  Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis

What is toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by infection with the organism called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a microscopic single-cell organism which is one of the most common parasites of animals. Although virtually all warm-blooded animals, including man, can be infected with this organism, it is an extremely... read more »