Diagnose The Problem
Articles that will help you learn how to diagnose the problem when your cat is not feeling well...
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- * Cancer Warning Signs
Recognizing the warning signs of cancer early can aid in early treatment and a more favorable diagnosis
- * Choosing A Microscope
An inexpensive student-quality microscope is a smart addition to the cat breeder's medical chest. It can be used to identify parasites such as Coccidia, Giardia, Tritrichomonas foetus and even ringworm.
- * Choosing A Stethoscope For A Cat Breeder
Knowing how to use a stethoscope is a simple and useful skill every cat breeder can learn, and purchasing a stethoscope is not an expensive proposition. Here is how to pick the best stethoscope to suit the needs of a cat breeder.
- * Culture & Sensitivity Test
If an infection is not responding to the usual antibiotics it may be necessary to perform a culture and sensitivity test to determine the exact strain of bacteria that is causing the problem and the best choice of antibiotic to treat it.
- * Exercise Intolerance
If a kitten displays unusual panting after a play time, it may be a symptom of exercise intolerance. Learn more about this warning sign of a possible problem.
- * Fecal Float Test
You can easily learn how to do a fecal float - testing your cat's stool for common parasites.
- * Home Test To Determine If Your Cat Is Dehydrated
Dehydration can be a life-threatening problem, for both young and adult felines, so every cat breeder should know this simple way to test if your kitty is dehydrated. This article includes a handy chart for evaluating a cat's actual percentage of dehydration.
- * Hoofbeats
There is an old expression. "If you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras". This is a smart philosophy to use when diagnosing health or behavioral problems in your cats. It means you should be looking first for the most likely cause of the problem, and only after that has been ruled out, should you consider other possibilities.
- * How To Use A Microscope
Using a microscope is not difficult. In fact, most people become quite skilled after just one session with their new microscope.
- * How To Use A Stethoscope To Listen To Your Cat's Heart
Knowing how to use a stethoscope is a simple and useful skill every cat breeder can learn.
- * Identifying Parasites Under A Microscope
Learn how to identify parasites that can infest your cat so that you can check your cats for problems yourself.
- * Necropsy
A necropsy, also called a post mortem, is an essential tool in determining the cause of death of an animal.
- * Recognizing Pain In Your Cat
Most cats are expert at hiding any sign that they are in pain. Learn what to look for that is a symptom that your cat may be in trouble...
- * Ringworm Testing: Do Your Own Fungal Cultures
Performing your own ringworm fungal cultures is a relatively easy thing to do and can save you money and heartache in the long run if you suspect ringworm in your cattery. Learn how to test for ringworm at home :-).
- * Sub-Clinical Infections
Understanding the impact of sub-clinical infections on the general health of both the individual and the cattery population is an essential part of monitoring the health of the felines in your breeding program.
- * Taking Your Cat's Temperature
This photo essay shows you exactly how to take your cat's temperature with a rectal digital thermometer.
- * Temperature As A Gauge Of Your Cat's Health
A normal temperature is a critical part of good health for your cat. Learn how monitoring your cat's body temperature will help you take better care of your kitty...
- * Two Minute Check-Up
The earlier that you notice a health problem with your cat, the greater the chance it will be something that is easily treatable. It only takes a few minutes to give your cat a medical check-up at home. Learn the Two Minute Check-Up to keep your kitty healthier and save money on veterinary bills.
- * Understanding Your Cat's Bloodwork
Bloodwork is often the first step in patient evaluation after a physical exam of your cat. It is very helpful if you understand what your cat's bloodwork may reveal.
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