Fall 2008 Mews Letter
What happens as my cat ages?
The aging process is accompanied by many physical and behavioral changes:
Myth: Rabies is not a disease of cats.
Fact: Actually, most warm-blooded mammals, including cats, bats, skunks and ferrets, can carry rabies. Like dogs, cats should be vaccinated
How can I help keep my senior cat healthy?
Close observation is one of the most important tools you have to help keep your senior cat healthy. Perform a mini-physical examination on a weekly basis.
Try making the examination an extension of the way you normally interact with your cat. For example, while you are rubbing your cat's head gently raise the upper lips so you can examine the teeth and gums. In the same way, you can lift the ear flaps and examine the ear canals. While you are stroking your cat's fur, you can check for abnormal lumps or bumps, and evaluate the health of the skin and coat. In this way, you can feel confident that you are able to detect problems in a timely manner.
So how old is my cat, really?
Cats are individuals and like people they experience advancing years in their own unique ways. Many cats begin to encounter age-related physical changes between seven and ten years of age, and most do so by the time they are 12. The commonly held belief that every "cat year" is worth seven "human years" is not entirely accurate. In reality, a one-year-old cat is physiologically similar to a 16-year-old human, and a two-year-old cat is like a person of 21. For every year thereafter, each cat year is worth about four human years. Using this formula, a ten-year-old cat is similar in age to a 53-year-old person, a 12-year-old cat to a 61-year-old person, and a 15-year-old cat to a person of 73.
Cardiologist at the FVCC!
Dr. Hattie Bortnowski is a Clinical Instructor of Small Animal Internal Medicine in the Department of Medical Sciences at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She also operates a private mobile cardiology consulting practice that she brings into private clinics to better help patients with cardiac issues.
Starting July, 2008, the Fox Valley Cat Clinic is thrilled to offer Cardiology Consultation and Echocardiogram here in the comfort of our practice. Please call for the next available date.
Dr. Flatley will be attending
National Feline Conference
in Atlanta in September
Topics to be discussed include:
New treatments for feline urinary disease
New Diagnostic testing for the urinary tract.
Current Renal disease management
New Dietary treatment for Renal disease
She will also be touring the Atlanta Zoo. Getting a behind the scene tour of the “Big Cats” Area.
Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F.
A cat’s normal pulse is 140-240 beats per minute, with an average of 195.
Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination.
Almost 10% of a cat's bones are in its tail, and the tail is used to maintain balance.