Veterinary Guides

From dealing with fleas to caring for cats with disabilities, the Veterinary Guides series answers all the important questions regarding the wellbeing of your feline companion.

Written by our expert team of vets, this set of guides provides the information that will help put your mind at ease.

The full range of leaflets is available to download below.

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The term ‘arthritis’ means inflammation of the joint; many animals suffer from it and cats are no exception.


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This condition affects the control of blood sugar levels and usually occurs in middle-aged and older cats, particularly those that are overweight. There may be some genetic predisposition to diabetes.

Feline Parvovirus

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Feline parvovirus is a virus that can cause severe disease in cats, particularly kittens. It can be fatal. The disease is also known as feline infectious enteritis (FIE) and feline panleukopenia.

Kidney or renal disease

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The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste products out of the blood to form urine. Disease of the kidneys is one of the most common problems affecting middle-aged and older cats.

Cats with disabilities

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This leaflet describes cats with some more common types of disability – blind cats, deaf cats, three-legged cats and wobbly cats affected by cerebellar hypoplasia.


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In cats, high blood pressure (known as hypertension) usually occurs as a result of another underlying disease, such as kidney disease, heart disease or hyperthyroidism. It can also occur as the primary problem.

Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) and (FIP)

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Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) - FCoV is a common and contagious virus, passed in the faeces of cats. It is more commonly found in multi-cat households and does not affect other animals or people.

Heart murmurs and heart disease

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The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around the body, providing it with oxygen and nutrients. The normal pumping and shutting of valves in the heart causes the ‘lub-dub’ heart sounds that a vet listens for with a stethoscope.


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The thyroid is made up of two glands located on either side of the windpipe at the base of your cat’s neck. These glands produce thyroxine, a hormone which helps to regulate his metabolic rate.

Feline asthma

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Feline asthma is a term used to describe a number of conditions generally affecting the airways in the lungs. It is also known as feline chronic small airway disease, feline bronchitis and allergic airway disease.

Teeth and oral health

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Cats commonly suffer with disorders of the teeth, the jaw and the soft tissues of the mouth. Oral health problems can be a significant source of pain and suffering for our feline friends.

Cat flu

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Cat flu is a common illness that affects the upper respiratory tract of cats. It can be caused by a number of infectious agents, including viruses and bacteria and can be life threatening.

You and your vet

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We encourage you to register with a vet as soon as possible after getting a cat – certainly before a vet is needed in an emergency – and to take your cat for health checks at least once a year, with advice from your vet.

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