Feline Health & Behavior
FELINE HEALTH & BEHAVIOR SERVICES:
Do you have a freaky feline or krazy kitten?! You are not alone--and there is help!
Dr. Hazel Carney, has been a leader in the industry for more than 25 years, WestVet is pleased to offer her services and expertise to the southwestern Idaho and surrounding areas. She is one of only 8 doctors nationwide to serve as a panel member and co-author of the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s (AAFP) Guidelines.
You may view the guidelines at the links below:
- Feline Behavior Guidelines
- Feline Friendly Handling Guidelines
- Feline Friendly Nursing Care Guidelines
- Guidelines for Meeting the Environmental Needs of the Cat
According to the AAFP, behavior problems remain the leading reason for euthanasia in pet cats. In addition, behavior problems may lead to family stress, inappropriate punishment, decreased quality of life for the cat, and deterioration in the human/animal bond. These problems can be helped through proper awareness and prevention. By understanding normal feline behavior and the environmental circumstances, you can improve your quality of life for you and your cat. Dr. Carney can help you achieve a more harmonious living situation and provide you with insightful information on how to eliminate negative behaviors with your cat(s).
Feline Interstitial Cystitis:
Feline Interstitial Cystitis (FIC is a feline lower urinary tract disease. This urologic syndrome affects close to 1% of the cat population, both male and female cats.Symptoms include bloody urine, pain when urinating, and inappropriate elimination. Kidney problems and disease can result from untreated FIC.
Click HERE to download the FIC Questionnaire to complete this before your consultation visit.
Feline Hyperthyroidism is a fairly common disease of older cats. This disorder, resulting from a tumor that produces too much thyroid hormone, results in metabolic changes in your cat. Symptoms include weight loss, fluctuations in appetite and energy level, fever, rapid heartbeat, excessive water intake, diarrhea, and osteoporosis.
Left untreated, this disorder is fatal. However, 98% of the tumors causing hyperthyroidism are benign and can be cured with one shot of radioactive iodine. Read more about the Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy HERE.
If your friendly feline has been not so friendly, even anxious, and unsocial and withdrawn. There could be some help with a dietary supplement! Read more about Caseinate hydrolysate Neutraceutical Therapy aka Zylkene® or De-Stress® HERE.
Does your cat suffer from litter box aversion?
Dr. Carney shared some tips on creating a litter box-friendly environment for your family and your cat in a recent blog post, "Finicky Felines: A Cat's Dream Litter Box."