Whether or not cat bladder stones kill cats is an important question that every cat owner should have the answer to. Can cat bladder stones kill cats? The answer is a resounding yes! Do they always? The answer is resounding no. So if you have a few minutes to dedicate to the riveting attention grabbing topic of can cat bladder stones kill cats why don’t we enthusiastically push on. The first thing you should know is that all stones (also known as uroliths) are not the same. This fact matters since different types of bladder stones have different properties and tend to be found inRead More →

The Persian’s coat is certainly one of its most exquisite characteristics — and dare we say, often award-winning. But sometimes there can be surprises lurking beneath all that fine fur. So we invited our members to help us explore this dermatological world and share their personal experiences from the front line (no pun intended) when it comes to maintaining healthy Persian skin. We are happy to share the results of that survey along with many tips and tricks from our members. Feline Acne If you thought blackheads were just for teen-aged humans, think again. Persians can develop feline acne, usually occurring on the chin area.Read More →

Persian owners spend so much time caring for their kitties on the outside — combing, bathing, and fluffing. It’s easy to sometimes forget that the inside might need extra attention as well. A Persian’s gastrointestinal health can become thrown out of balance from a myriad of outside factors, such as stress, allergies, diet, or parasites just to name a few. A high-quality probiotic can be effective in restoring the balance of microflora in the digestive tract. Do any of the following apply to your Persian?     Acid stomach due to kidney disease     Allergies     Diarrhea     Digestive problems     Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Read More →

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is similar to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in that it only takes one parent to pass the disease. PKD is an inherited kidney disease that passes from a genetically affected parent at a statistical rate of about 50%. It can be a relatively silent disease for many years until it manifests later in life as renal failure. Or it can strike early and unexpectedly with renal demise characterized by multiple cysts in both kidneys. This disease, like HCM, can have variable expression from cat to cat. For decades, the two most common diseases that cats died from were kidney disease and cancer.Read More →

Your Persian’s mouth can be much like a Petri dish, and as a Persian owner, you’d better be on your guard. Perhaps you’ve been unpleasantly surprised by a furry friend’s pungent yawn blasting you in the face. Or maybe you’ve peeled back your Persian’s lips at some point and discovered puffy, reddened flesh at the gumline. Recently, Persian-Cats.com conducted a survey to hear about the sights and smells experienced by its members when they pry open their Persians’ mouths. In addition, we wanted to hear from our members about which practices or tips have helped improve their Persians’ oral health. Persian Breath: From Neutral toRead More →

Donegal Cattery — In recent years another disease has permeated the Persian breed and that of several other breeds. It is a disease of genetic origin that involves a mutation in a cardiac gene (cardiac myosin binding protein C) that codes for structural proteins, which in turn has an effect on the muscular development of the heart. The outcome of this heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an enlarged heart typically involving, but not limited to, the cardiac ventricle with early changes evident in the cardiac septum and/or mitral valve. Large male cats seem to be affected at higher rates. Given the high incidenceRead More →

The spontaneous cat sneezing is not strange or abnormal; cats sneeze just like people do as a means of discharging irritants from their sinus airways. If your cat sneezing doesn’t end though, it might be an indicator that it’s the perfect time to have your cat examined at the veterinary clinic. Your cat sneezing can be quite alarming but try not to worry, it’s normally merely a common upper respiratory infection. This can be due to Feline Herpesvirus (typically caused by exposure to a previously infected cat) or Feline Calcivirus. The latter could be more dangerous as it might result in pneumonia in some instances,Read More →

A solid cat eye care program includes understanding the impact of some cat eye disorders on your cat’s eyesight. Cataract problems are relatively rare in cats and are usually related to complications from diabetes. Some breeds inherit a tendency for developing cataracts: Birmans, Himalayans, Persians and British Shorthairs. The incidence is low and the cataract tends to remain small, often small enough to be ignored. Of those cataracts that do cause or threaten blindness, many are treated with surgery. If blindness does result from an inoperable cataract, your feline should live a safe life if she is kept indoors. The cataract itself is not painful.Read More →