Cystinuria is an inherited metabolic disease that is relatively common in dogs, but rare in cats (Mizukami, 2016). The condition is characterized by defective amino acid reabsorption, leading to the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, ureter and the bladder (cystine urolithiasis). This can lead to urinary obstruction. In cats, only two cystinuria types have been identified so far: I-A and II-B (Mizukami et al, 2015 & Mizukami et al, 2016).
If you're looking for a cuddly cat that will purr and snuggle its days away in your lap – then don't get a Bengal! These Miniature Leopards, although very friendly, are exceptionally energetic and curious, agile, intelligent and constantly on the move. Bengal is a joyful kitty that will fill your home with laughter, lots of playing and some mischief.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a renal disease associated with a gradual loss of kidney function over a period of several months or years. Unlike acute renal disease, which develops suddenly and progresses rapidly, CKD progresses slowly and persistently, often with no apparent symptoms until later stages. CKD is also known under terms chronic renal disease (CRD), chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic renal insufficiency.
Just like us humans, our purrfect companions also have different blood groups. Do you already know what know your kitty's blood type is? Knowing your cat’s blood group can be vital in different situations, yet, unless it's an emergency, this doesn't come up often. To keep you on top of your game, here is everything you need to know about different blood groups in cats and why you really should know your letters!
The Birman, or famously known as the "Sacred Cat of Burma", is a strikingly gorgeous cat of a lovely legend behind its beauty. These kitties are distinguished by a soft, silky coat, piercing blue eyes, and the elegant, white "gloves" on their paws. Do you feel prepared for the enchanting story of this mysterious feline breed? Buckle up and keep reading as the secrets are about to unravel.
Please note: The Birman cat is not to be confused with the Burmese cat, a completely different cat breed of a similar name.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline heart disease, and up to 15% of all cats may suffer from it (Payne et al, 2015). This genetic disease affects your cat's myocardium and causes thickening of the left ventricle of the heart (left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction). This decreases the blood flow through the ventricle and increases heart rate (tachycardia). Many cats with HCM can live long and healthy lives, however, for some cats, HCM can be a devastating disease. Maine Coons and Ragdolls are thought to be at a higher risk from this genetic disease.
Congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) is a genetic neuromuscular disorder caused by defects at the neuromuscular junction. In cats, this condition is associated with a deficiency of the acetylcholinesterase (AChE). The deficiency of the enzyme is caused by a truncation of the collagen-like tail subunit of acetylcholinesterase (COLQ). The deficiency of the signal transduction termination leads to prolonged muscle contraction and muscle stiffness (spasticity) which interferes with normal movement. The disease seems to be associated with Devon Rex and Sphynx cats.
Sturdy, powerful and friendly, the American Shorthair is a laid-back, loving cat that originated in the United States of America likely during the 1900s. They are exceptional hunters who steal human hearts with their captivating gaze and utmost loving personalities. Ladies and gents, please meet the pawsome American Shorthair (ASH) cat.
Happy New Year, dear hoomans. We hope you all had meowgical and cozy holidays filled with laughter, joy and purrs. As we gear up for the New Year, the timing is now as purrfect as ever to reflect on your kitty's last year's lifestyle, health, wellness and care. To help you support your kitty to step, hop and jump into the New Year on the right paw, we have a few tips you won't want to miss.
If your beautiful feline has two different eyes – a yellow and a blue perhaps – then you’ve got yourself an odd-eyed kitten! These captivating little creatures are carriers of a feline form of a condition known as complete heterochromia. Heterochromia is a captivating genetic anomaly most commonly observed in white kitties.