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Phoebe de Monsieur Pussycat

health, wellness, illnesses 

Nutrition, Skin and Coat
Source: VCA Canada

Food allergies and intolerances are well documented in cats. Even in cats not experiencing an adverse reaction to food, their skin and haircoat can be affected by many nutritional factors.


Feline Leukemia Virus
Source:Cornell Feline Health Center

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats. Fortunately, the prevalence of FeLV in cats has decreased significantly in the past 25 years since the development of an effective vaccine and accurate testing procedures.


Cat PKD or Polycystic Kidney Disease
Source : Cornelle Feline Health Center

Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder in which small, closed, liquid-filled sacs develop in the tissue of the feline kidney. There is no explanation for the development of these cysts except for a genetic anomaly that is evident primarily in Persians and occasionally in a few other feline breeds.


Source: Cornell Feline Health Center

Ringworm (feline dermatophytosis) is among the most frequently occurring skin disorders affecting the worldwide cat population. Despite its name, it is a fungal infection having nothing at all to do with worms. And the only thing it has to do with rings is the circular area of itchy rash that typically—but not necessarily—will appear on the skin of an infected animal.


Source: Lore & Science

Coryza or Cat flu is highly contagious. It is therefore usually contracted by animals living in a community: pet shops, catteries, shelters, homes or even families with several cats. Fragile animals, such as kittens, older cats and unvaccinated cats are at greater risk of exposure to coryza. It is estimated that 70% of the cat population is a carrier of the virus.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
Source: Cornell Feline Health Center

FIP is a fatal disease in cats and kittens. It occurs in a very small number of cats or kittens and is caused by a common virus called feline coronavirus. The virus is not transmissible to humans.

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Skin diseases
Source: Cornell Feline Health Center

Figuring out the cause of skin disease in cats can be difficult, although in some cases the cause is more easily determined. Careful consideration of the history of the illness, a physical examination, the results of diagnostic tests, and, in some cases, response to treatment or modification of diet or lifestyle is important. 


Source: Cornell Feline Health Center

After vaccination, the immune system is 'trained' to recognize infectious agents by producing proteins called antibodies or activating specific cells to kill the agents. When a vaccinated cat encounters these agents in the future, it rapidly generates antibodies and activates the cells that recognize the agents, producing an 'immune response' that results in the elimination of the invading agent.

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