Most Common Upper Respiratory Diseases in Catteries

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Upper Respiratory Diseases

A seasoned veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed is regularly invited to speak at cat shows. One of the most popularly requested lecture topics for Dr. Jennifer Creed is upper respiratory disease in catteries.

In catteries or animal shelters hosting a feline population, around 80 percent of the upper respiratory disease observed is due to either feline calicivirus or feline herpesvirus. These two viruses are quite pervasive, infecting cats all over the world. Cats exhibit similar symptoms from these viruses including runny eyes and sneezing, and both diseases can cause high fever, oral ulceration, and dehydration.

Exposure can come from shared litter trays or food bowls, contaminated surroundings such as grooming aids and bedding, and sneeze droplets inhalation, as well as through direct contact with nasal or ocular secretions and saliva. The majority of cats experience exposure to these viruses at an early stage of life. Symptoms will determine what treatment to administer, and most cats recuperate. If possible, where there is a large cat population, cats exhibiting clinical signs should be isolated and strict hygiene followed.

Vaccination is important as it lessens the severity of symptoms. Vaccines may be administered by injecting in the eyes or nose. The latter of these, intranasal vaccination, leads to quicker immunity; although it may cause the kittens to sneeze for some weeks, it does not result in other problems such as vaccine-induced tumors.


All About Ragdoll Cats

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Ragdoll Cats

Dr. Jennifer Creed has many years of experience as a veterinarian and vet tech. Her current hobby and interest is in the breeding and rescuing of Ragdoll cats. Through her experience with these special cats, Dr. Jennifer Creed has gained knowledge and expertise in the treatment and handling of felines.

Ragdoll cats are unique because of their close relationship to the humans in their lives. While many cats may seem uninterested in their owners, ragdoll cats have been known to follow their humans around and can even be trained to do tricks like fetching objects. The name “ragdoll” was assigned to this breed because of the cats’ tendency to go limp in their owners’ arms when content. The breed is generally known for being good-natured, gentle, and affectionate.

Ragdoll cats are also very beautiful animals. They are a longhaired variety of cat, and typically have bright blue eyes, with long white or light fur and darker points. Points refer to the cat’s ears, nose, tail and paws, which are often a darker grey or brown than the rest of the body. Despite their longer hair, Ragdolls don’t require much more grooming than other cats.

Overall, the Ragdoll breed of cat is an excellent choice for any individual wanting a cuddly, friendly companion. Ragdolls typically get along well with other pets, even dogs, and have been known to enjoy traveling with their owners.