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The Cat Health Guide

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The Cat Health Guide

84 pagine
56 minuti
Jun 19, 2012


An easy to read guide for cat owners to help them understand common cat illnesses and provide important cat care when needed.The E-book covers causes, symptoms, treatments and precautions of the most common cat health issues.

Jun 19, 2012

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The Cat Health Guide - Kate Tilmouth

The Cat Health Guide

Kate Tilmouth

Copyright 2012 by Kate Tilmouth

Smashwords Edition

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means – electronic, mechanical, photographic (photocopying), recording, or otherwise – without prior permission in writing from the author.

Published by Kate Tilmouth at Smashwords


Chapter 1 - Cat Mating and Pregnancy

Chapter 2 - Cat Hair loss and Cat Skin Problems

Chapter 3 - Common Cat Eye problems Explained

Chapter 4 - Cat Flu

Chapter 5 - Cat Ear Mites and Other Ear Problems

Chapter 6 - Cat Vomiting

Chapter 7 - Cat Diarrhoea

Chapter 8 - Cat Constipation

Chapter 9 - Feline Diabetes

Chapter 10 - FelV (Feline Leukaemia)

Chapter 11 - Cat Hairballs

Chapter 12 - Cat Allergy

Chapter 13 - Cat Arthritis

Chapter 14 - Does Your pet Have a Cat thyroid problem?

Chapter 15 - Feline Heart Disease

Chapter 16 - Toxoplasmosis

Chapter 17 - The Calici Virus

Chapter 18 - Feline Hyperesthesia

Cat Mating and Pregnancy

Although cat pregnancy is not an illness there are some conditions which can occur during pregnancy which can be threatening to the life of the cat and the unborn kittens.

It is important that the cat owner understands the whole mating and gestation period so that they can recognise the signs of ill health and be able to respond appropriately.


Cats can breed from 6 months old or even earlier in some breeds and will start to show signs of coming into heat from that time.

If you want your cat to have kittens it is always best to wait until they are over one year old. This will ensure that the cat is strong enough to carry and give birth to a healthy litter and also look after them afterwards. So it is advisable to keep the cat away from unneutered male cats until that time.

Female cats can remain fertile up to 14 years old and will show signs of being in heat throughout that time. They can have up to three litters a year, but continuous pregnancies will exhaust the mother cat and can damage their health as well as that of the kittens.

The Signs of a Cat In Heat?

There are clear behaviour changes that you will notice when a cat is in heat (also known as 'oestrus' and being in 'season'). These are:

Becoming excessively friendly,

Rolling around on her back,

Wailing and yowling in a different tone,

Raising her hind quarters with her tail in the air and padding her feet (especially when stroked on the back,

Wanting to go out more often,

Urinating more frequently to spread her scent around.

How Often Will A Cat Be In Heat?

Female cats will show signs of being in heat on average for one week every three weeks from late winter or early spring. This will continue for nine months or longer, or until they have mated. If she does not mate, the heat period can become more frequent until it is almost becomes a continuous state.

A female cat is most fertile between 3 to 4 days during the week she shows signs of being in heat.


The cat mating process may seem a little odd and even brutal to our human eyes. This can be due to the terrible noises they make and the way they hold the female during the process.

Both male and female cats will call when they are ready to mate; this can be loud and is known as caterwauling. It is an unusual meow and can sound like a cat is distressed or in pain.

When a male cat finds a female cat he will continue to call to her and begin to circle her. At this point the female cat will either accept him or refuse him by hissing at him and flattening her ears against her head.

At this stage the male cat will grab the female cat on the back of the neck and he will mount her. Mating can be over very quickly and the female cat will often turn and attack the male cat afterwards.

The first mating induces ovulation (the release off the egg from the ovary), in the female cat and so subsequent matings will happen to ensure that she has been fertilized.

During her being in heat which can last several

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