Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Undercover Kitty Updats

New Posts on Undercover Kitty

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Undercover Kitty is a blog listing links to news stories I’ve found around the internet on other blogs, in news services and on Facebook concerning health and welfare for felines and all animals including just the title, brief synopsis and a link for easy reference; sometimes I publish an entire press release if the information is not available anywhere else on the internet. I began this to keep track of this information for myself and people who are not on any other social network but who can reach a blog with any electronic device. Below is a listing of recent stories I’ve linked and published.

Feline Panleukopenia Virus AKA Cat Distemper Hits Maui | petMD

Spread of the virus is through contact with feces from an infected cat or through contact with contaminated objects. The virus is extremely contagious and can be passed to unprotected cats through contact with contaminated cages, litter boxes, food dishes, water bowels, and other utensils.

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Holistic Treatments for FIV Positive Cats – The Conscious Cat

Since the FIV virus attacks the cat’s immune system, immune support is one of the most important aspects of caring for FIV positive cats. In many ways, FIV+ cats need to be treated like humans with compromised immune systems.

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FIV Infection on the Rise: Know the Facts – The Conscious Cat

FIV is a lentivirus, which means it moves very slowly, and it gradually affects a cat’s immune system. It is passed from cat to cat through blood transfusions and serious, penetrating bite wounds. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans.

FIV Infection on the Rise: Know the Facts – The Conscious Cat.

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10 Ways to Avoid Bloat in Dogs

Below is a very brief overview of the differences between bloat, torsion and GDV – followed by a very detailed overview of how you can stop your dog from wolfing his food and thereby reducing the risk of bloat.

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Second Hand Smoke and Cancer Risk for Pets | petMD

Research shows just how dangerous second and third hand smoke is to the animals who live with us.

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The Mystery of Feline Pancreatitis

Another reason pancreatitis is such a puzzle is because we usually don’t know what causes it. In 90 percent of the cases we see, we don’t know why the pancreas has become inflamed.

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Resources for You > FDA Provides Important Information to Veterinarians about PACCAL VET-CA1 for Treating Cancer in Dogs

In February 2014, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine conditionally approved PACCAL VET-CA1, an antineoplastic drug intended to treat dogs with mammary carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Below is a brief reference guide for veterinarians on PACCAL VET-CA1.

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Consumer Updates > Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets

Pet owners need to be cautious about using flea and tick products safely, says Ann Stohlman, V.M.D., a veterinarian in the Food and Drug Administration’s FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine. “You need to take the time to carefully read the label, the package insert, and any accompanying literature to make sure you’re using the product correctly.”

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How much Kitty Vomit is too much? – VetzInsight – VIN

“If it is more than this, or if it is increasing, there is likely some low-grade chronic cause, that if we find and fix, we are minimizing the chance for malignancy in the future.”


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4 thoughts on “New Posts on Undercover Kitty

  • Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Love this! I especially like the articles about FIV. One of my cats is FIV+, and I am always glad to see articles that spread the word and help to raise awareness. The compilation of news articles is very helpful. I’m glad I found your blog!

  • Lots of good information!
    We enjoyed reading and learning.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  • We’re glad to know you’re doing this, Bernadette! We had thought about branching out with a blog of this type and even registered a domain for it, but never went forward with the project. Those of us who read so much about the current news about cats can forget how much of that information isn’t consolidated for the folks who aren’t reading so much on the topic, so making that knowledge available to everyone is really important. Thanks for all of the great information you share.


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