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Dental Disease in Cats

Dental disease is one of if not the most common problems we see on exams. Why is this so common? Much of this is due to the lack of home care that we take for granted for ourselves. Without frequent brushing of the teeth, disease processes in the mouth may go unchecked. More importantly, it is rare for an owner to look in their cat's mouth. Cats are great at hiding pain in their mouth. Rarely do they stop eating from mouth pain.

The following information will help you to understand dental disease and dental care in your kitty.

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My Cat is Straining and Urinating in Unusual Places

A straining indoor cat is hard to miss. You will likely see this behavior in the litter pan. In some cats the behavior may occur in unusual places outside the pan. At first glance it may look like nothing is coming out. The amount of urine passed is usually quite small. It is extremely important in male cats to be sure urine is being passed. If not it is a true emergency. The cat is straining due to pain and inflammation in the urinary bladder. If your cat is an outdoor cat this behavior may be difficult to notice. It is a good idea to watch your cat outside to get used to normal behavior.

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Create a happy place indoors for your cat

Cat behavior is not entirely made up of sleeping in the sun. For your indoor cat to be happy and healthy the environment needs to be fun and fill the natural needs for the kitty.

Creating this environment will be fun for you too.

I want to get a cat but I live on a very busy main road so I am thinking of keeping it indoors. Is that cruel?

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Constipation in Cats

Have you noticed your cat straining in the litter pan? Is there no stool when you check the litter pan daily?

Constipation in cats is a serious health issue. Left unattended it can lead to permanent damage to the colon and serious discomfort to your kitty.

What is cat constipation?

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Chin Acne in Cats

Have you noticed that your kitty's chin is always dirty or swollen?

In some cases it may even bleed when touched.

Feline acne can be mild in some cases and very severe in others.

What is chin acne in cats?

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Brushing Your Cat's Teeth

Dental disease is very common in cats. 80% of cats will show periodontal disease by the age of 3.

What is the best way to prevent this? It will come as no surprise that brushing your kitty's teeth is the best prevention.

When should I brush my cat's teeth?

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My Cat Has Bladder Stones, What Next?

We all know that cats try to hide illness from their owners. If a cat has bladder stones what should we expect to see? Indoor cats will likely spend more time in the litter pan. They may go frequently with small amounts. They may also urinate outside the litter box. If the urine is outside the box, a pink tinge or blood may be visible. You may notice your cat straining. Although these symptoms are not specific to bladder stones in cats, they should not be ignored.

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Planning a Canine Breeding

Many variables to consider here...

First: Is the bitch/stud capable of breeding?

Have they attained puberty- Most bitches will reach puberty between 6-10 months of age, however some breeds may reach puberty much later. Typically, large and giant breeds mature more slowly than toy/small breeds. Onset of puberty is not considered to be abnormal until the bitch is 24 months of age or older. Most males will attain puberty at 7-10 months of age.

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