The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure in Cats

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Millions of people in the United States have high blood pressure – hypertension – and many of them don’t even know it. Often described as “the silent killer” because it can be present for a long time without symptoms, hypertension is also seen in cats. It’s especially common and dangerous in older cats, whose owners usually don’t know they’re affected. Cat insurance can make it easier to ensure your cat is seen regularly by a veterinarian.

Common Causes and Symptoms
High blood pressure in cats is usually discovered as a complication of other underlying medical conditions and is therefore referred to as “secondary hypertension”. The most common causes are chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. High blood pressure in cats without any underlying disease is rare and not well understood.

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Surprising Cause of Cat Nose Crusties

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from the Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. I’m here today to answer questions from the Facebook page of Pet’s Best Insurance. This one is from Nicole. She says, “I’ve had my kittens, Oliver and Sophia, brother and sister, since they were three weeks old. They are now 1.

They always had a red brown crusty substance caked on the passages of their little noses. It builds up and I always clean it. The other kittens in the litter have it as well. I’ve always been worried it was blood. Is this normal? If not, is there something I can do about it. Their parents are feral cats which worries me even more.”

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Why’s My Pet Doing That?!

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Is your dog or cat doing something and you aren’t really sure why? At Pets Best Insurance, we want to help you interpret some of the behaviors you may be seeing from your pet. So by popular request, here are some of the most sought-after answers to questions you may have about your dog or cat. Please keep in mind that we will list only the most common answers for each question. If you need further clarification, be sure to ask your vet!

Q: Why is My Dog Shaking?
A: Shaking usually indicates one of the following: cold temperature, fear or anxiety, discomfort and pain, or even possibly a medical illness. A doctor should see animals that shake for extended periods of time.

Q: Dogs Rule and Cats drool… But Why Does my Cat Drool?
A: Cats will often drool if they ingest something that tastes unpleasant (or are given certain medications). They can also drool as a result of nausea or intestinal disease, dental problems, oral infections, tumors and neurologic disease. I’ve seen cats drool when they become excited or receive attention as well.

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Catalyst to the Finish Line: Racer Meets Kitten

A pet insurance employee bikes in a race.

I work for a pet insurance company by day, but in my spare time, I love to race in triathlons. During my most recent competition, my passion for animals and racing intersected.

With ice poured down my suit to stave off the heat, I was running down a lonely stretch of a country road. Only fellow competitors and I were out this far. It was over 5 hours into my half-iron distance triathlon, but in spite of the isolation, I noticed a most unusual spectator.

There was no cheering, encouragement, or cowbells clanking—just a silent stare. The stare was enough to make me stop in mid-stride and turn around. Here at mile 67 of the 70.3 mile course, was a pathetic sight: a little orange and white kitten. He was emaciated and injured. A patch of fur was missing from the top of his head, and he had an open, oozing wound. I knew this cat needed help immediately, but what could I do out on a race course in the middle of nowhere? I had no phone and only a sports drink and some carbohydrate gel.

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Is Fluffy Too Flabby? 5 Tips to Get Frisky in Fine Shape

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The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) released a nationwide survey in February 2012 showing 55% of cats are overweight or obese. Getting an obese cat to lose weight can be a bit more challenging, than say a dog, due to their independent nature. And multiple cat households can be even trickier!

If you think Buttons might be too boxy, here are some tips that can help:

1. Reduce Portions
Use the 20% for cats too! Determine exactly how much your cat eats in 24 hours, then reduce by 20%. In single-cat households this can work nicely; when the daily allotment of kibble is gone, no more until the next day. It is possible to feed pre-measured meals also. Cats may benefit from more feedings through the day versus just two. Cats can be trained to eat meals, just like dogs.

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