Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is the most common form of heart disease seen in cats. In Ragdolls, most cases of HCM are inherited from the parents and caused by a gene mutation. Fortunately, we have DNA tests that can detect if a specific cat is carrying the mutation. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cure for HCM at this time, although medications are available that may help some cats.
Undoubtedly, you are risking your cat’s health by exposing your feline friend to cigarette smoke or other nicotine products.
With the current level of health care available to our cats, many of our pets are living into their late teens and early twenties. However, caring for an older cat comes with its own set of challenges.
Those of us who live with cats know how fast the cat hair can accumulate. It seems it shows up everywhere; on the floor, on the furniture, on the bedding, on our clothing, you name it and there’s cat hair there.
Diarrhea is not an uncommon complaint for our feline friends. Symptoms can range from mild and self-limiting to extreme and life-threatening, depending on the cause and the severity of the diarrhea.
Feline leukemia is a frequent worry for cat owners, regardless of the cat’s breed. This is because feline leukemia, or FeLV as it sometimes known, is a contagious disease that can be passed from cat to cat.