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Important Symptoms to Watch for in Kittens

As the surrogate mom of young kittens, your job is to be on watch for the diseases and conditions which can harm these fragile young cats.

Health Threats to Kittens
Kittens are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases such as panleupokenia (aka 'feline distemper), or Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes), which are potentially fatal unless protected by their mothers' immunity from vaccine or the kittens' immunization.

Don't Flee the Flea! - Flee Control in Cats
As if the itching and stinging weren't enough, fleas also transmit other conditions which can even have a more deleterious effect on your cat's health. Learn all about these nasty critters and how to keep them off your cat.

Parasitic Diseases and Conditions of Cats
Additional resources on parasitic diseases in cats, assembled by About Guide to Veterinary Medicine, Janet Tobiassen Crosby.

How to Get a Stool Sample From Your Cat?
A reader is concerned because her cat is rubbing his butt across the ground. She suspects he has a tapeworm and asks how to get a stool sample to take to the veterinarian

Eye Problems and Blindness in Cats
Feline disease profile on eye problems and blindness in cats. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of problems that affect the vision of cats, including conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, tumors, and other conditions involving the eyes of cats.

Learn the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and care and management of cats with feline leukemia, from this article by Lianne Mcload, D.V.M., former Contributing Writer for About.com Veterinary Medicine.

FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
While FIV is sometimes referred to as 'Feline AIDS,' it is not transmittable to humans. FIV is transmitted cat-to-cat most commonly through 'saliva to blood,' i.e. deep bite wounds. It can also be transmitted through the womb from mother cat to embryos. Although an FIV vaccine is available, it is not presently recommended due to several...

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Feline disease profile on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart which affects cats of all ages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of HCM.

CFA Feline Hip Dysplasia
Excellent article by Dr. Susan Little, DVM, describing symptoms, causes and recommended treatment for Hip Dysplasia in cats, complete with photos of X-rays.

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