Respiratory Illness and Catteries

 

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Respiratory Illness
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A consultant veterinarian with expertise in feline care, Dr. Jennifer Creed rescues, breeds, and provides health education concerning purebred cats. Dr. Jennifer Creed has written about respiratory infections common to catteries.

A cattery is to cats as a kennel is to dogs. Catteries house cats together, and just like places where humans gather, they create opportunities for diseases to spread. One common type of infection in catteries affects the animals’ upper respiratory system. Two viruses, the feline calicivirus and herpesvirus, give rise to the vast majority of these contagious infections, which can spread anywhere that cats are housed in multiples. Moreover, purebred cats with flat-faced facial structures exhibit a higher risk of upper respiratory disease.

The illness’ symptoms include sneezing, drooling, and inflamed or oozing eyes. Since the infection is viral in origin, it cannot be cured with medications in same the way bacterial infections can. However, veterinarians and pet caretakers can manage symptoms by wiping off nasal and ocular discharge and cultivating a comfortable, stress-free environment.

Common Veterinary Concerns for Ragdoll Cats

 

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Ragdoll Cats
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Dr. Jennifer Creed is an experienced veterinarian with special expertise regarding purebred cats. Dr. Jennifer Creed is especially knowledgeable about ragdoll cats and the particular veterinary concerns facing that breed.

Ragdoll cats are sweethearts by nature, with a good disposition and generally loving nature. Unfortunately, like many purebred breeds, they are prone to certain health problems.

Hairballs and grooming problems can plague ragdolls, just like many longhaired breeds. Regular grooming can curb most of these problems, helping cats avoid dangerous blockages.

Ragdolls sometimes show signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. As they age, their left ventricle becomes thicker and thicker. Symptoms of this kind of heart problem can include decreased appetite, difficulty breathing, and depression or lethargy. While there is no cure, the condition can be managed with medication from a veterinarian.

Some ragdolls are at risk for feline mucopolysaccharidosis, a disease that negatively impacts eyesight and mobility. Caused by an enzyme deficiency, typical treatment includes enzyme replacement or even bone marrow transplants.