A practical guide to identifying and treating cats' common complaints and ailments, this jargon-free aid aims to help cat owners avoid spending money on costly vet bills. The guide examines each condition by breaking it down into: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, cost and urgency. The guide also includes advice on first aid and a section that clearly explains the anatomy of the cat.
Table of Contents
Breathing and circulation - chronic bronchial disease, rhinitis, feline respiratory disease, pyothorax, pneumonia, the circulatory system, heart problems, cardiomypathy, other heart problems, anaemeia, feline infectious anaemia, thrombosis; eating and drinking - bad breath or halitosis, worn or broken teeth and abscesses, diabetes mellitus, abnormal water intake, toxocara cati, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhoea, enteritis, constipation, feline infectious enteritis, feline infectious peritonitis, hairballs, cystitis, urinary incontinence, renal failure, anal gland problems; movement - lameness, fractures, dislocation, arthritis, spondylosis, paralysis, poor exercise tolerance; eye conditions - conjunctivitis, cataract, blindness, corneal ulceration, feline chlamydial infection, abnormal tear production, glaucoma; ear conditions - canker, aural haematoma, ear mites, deafness; ear flap wounds; the skin - alopecia, food allergies, fleas, mites, "walking dandruff", ticks, ringworm, feline pyoderma, seborrhoea; male cat problems - sexual behaviour, agression, urolithiasis, prostate problems, anal adenoma; anorchia and cryptorchidism, testicular tumour; queen problems - pseudo pregnancy, misalliance, eclampsia, nymphomania, metritis, vaginal prolapse or hyperplasia, pyometra, vaginitis, mastitis, mammary cancer; elderly cat problems - obesity, coat problems, senility, incontinence, liver failure; other medical disorders - behavioural problems, physiological problems, feline T-lymphotrophic lentivirus, feline leukaemia virus, toxoplasmosis, epilepsy, cancers or lymphomas, Cushing's diseases, euthanasia; accidents and emergencies - quick reference, emergency techniques, serious injuries, major injuries and dangerous conditions, minor injuries, the first aid kit.
James McKay is a zoologist, TV presenter - Tracks, It's a Vet's Life - as well as author of numerous books and magazine articles. He also breeds and trains owls, hawks, falcons and gun dogs.