A-Z of Cat Health and First Aid: A Practical Guide for Owners

A-Z of Cat Health and First Aid: A Practical Guide for Owners

Andrew Gardiner

Language: English

Pages: 256


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Andrew Gardiner is an experienced vet and the ideal guide to the practical solutions that anyone can carry out at home to help keep their cat fit and well. Cats can seem as varied and complex as people, and modern veterinary medicine has a much improved knowledge of cats’ bodies, with very specific approaches to their health problems. This revised and updated guide will inform and educate any cat owner how better to provide for their companion’s health. A – Z of Cat Health and First Aid clearly explains what the owner can do for their cat, working alongside the veterinary surgeon, to give their companion the best chance of a full and speedy recovery. It contains a great deal of practical and useful information on everyday cat care. There is detailed help for over 200 common cat illnesses, as well as advice in the event of accidents, for everything from coat contamination, high blood pressure and fleas to overgrown nails, spaying and urination problems. Each illness is explained and details of first aid and nursing care that can be administered at home is clearly outlined, along with a full explanation of what treatment your vet might follow.

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causes the unpleasant asthma-type symptoms. • Drugs can be given by tablet, injection or by the use of adapted inhalers, which are often well-tolerated in cats and are easy for owners to use at home. • If infection is suspected, a course of antibiotics may be given. Tip Anything you can do to reduce ‘allergens’ (smoke, dust, perfumes, etc.) in the house is likely to help your cat a lot if it suffers from asthma. Related or similar conditions Breathing problems Cat flu Heart disease

to alter/improve behaviour, one must first understand why it is happening. Difficult cases may be referred to vets specialising in this field. Investigation can be quite a lengthy process, and requires very close cooperation and understanding between vet and cat owner. The owner has to acquire an in-depth knowledge of cat behaviour, and how this can be factored in to try to improve matters. It can be extremely rewarding to see the results, but they may take several weeks or months to appear. It

things, refusing to have anything to do with food or human attention, maybe her facial expression even looks unusual. She seems to have become a different animal altogether. In a way, the sick cat does become a different animal. When injured or ill, basic feline behavioural instincts take over and the cat withdraws more into herself – an ancient protective response designed to limit further injury and enforce rest. Approaches may be resented, even aggressively, and this despite the fact that

appear to be very subdued and still. Always handle them with care, sympathy and caution. Be prepared for the unexpected. Always seek prompt medical advice if you are bitten by a cat. Antibiotics are usually needed as cats carry various bacteria in their mouths. Your veterinary surgeon can provide a note to be handed to your doctor regarding the implications of cat bites in people. Restraint and dealing with nervous and fearful cats Restraint is important, both to secure a sick cat, allow safe

problems Cat flu Foreign body Nose problems Ringworm Ringworm is an important cause of skin disease in cats. Despite the name, the parasite is a fungus and not a worm. The medical term is dermatophytosis. One species of fungus is responsible for most cases of ringworm in cats (Microsporum). In fact, many cats carry this parasite without showing any symptoms at all, but these carriers can be responsible for infecting other cats, dogs and people with which they come into contact. Symptoms

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