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Short Takes 2 Heart disease in cats; anew cat food formulated to battle hyperthyroidism. fosterill4J Kittens: AGood Deed 3 You can create the foundation that helps them to find lifelong homes.
Veterinary Hospice: An Optionl 4 It's aSolution that can help bothyou and your chronically ill ,at. Here's how. Acupuncture for Our Pets 5 Today, thousands of vets utilize this treatment in order to help our pets.
The Latest on Feline Hyperthyroidism It's a common glandular disorder that targets the aging cat. Here's what you should know about this disease. nto the lives of many Icomes cats of a certain age a certain diag
Age Plays Major Role. Board certified veterinary internist Dr. Arnold Plot-
nick, owner of New York ----..,...
ism. Susan Steiner's cat was no exception. At
City's Manhattan Cat Specialists, describes hy perthyroidism as the most
12 years of age, Grey's weight had diminished
common glandular disor
to a mere five pounds.
der in cats. second only to
diabetes. "There is no breed
Ask Elizabeth: 8 Getting a proper diagnosis for a Siamese with an itchy skin condition.
Faced with the less than-appealing choices of invasive surgery or expensive radiation
larly susceptible to hyper thyroidism," he notes. "By far the major factor is age."
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treatment, she opted for a third choice: med
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ication. Every morning and ever y evening,
Ms. Steiner pulverized a half-tablet of me
thimazole, carefully mixed the powder with
the most appealing canned cat food she could
find, and hand fed it to her senior cat. That
was 15 years ago. Changes that have since oc
curred in the world of hyperthyroidism might
have made her choices different today.
or gender that is particu
Is hyperthyroidism ac tually reaching unprecedented levels, or is its prevalence simply a function of more cats at
taining old age and more veterinarians being
aware of this disorder? According to Michael Stone, DVM, internal medicine specialist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, "Autopsies performed (contin ued on page 7)
Cat Fights: What You Should Know
Here's how to tell when it's play and when it's not - and how you can intervene to make some peaceful changes. A II kittens play, practicing to defend them rl..selves by arching their backs, jumping on each other, chasing each other and maybe exchanging a few nips on the ears. "The differ
ence between playing and fighting," says Kath erine A. Houpt, VMD, the emeritus James Law Professor of Animal Behavior at Cornell Uni versity's College ofVeterinary Medicine, "is that when playing, cats will take turns chasing each other. There isn't one dominant aggressor or one main victim."
In general, however, cats don't play much
the other will be the victim. Hissing, claw ing and batting with the paws are more fear directed than playful. The noisier the interac tion, the more likely it's a fight and not play." The Causes of Conflict. Why cats fight may surprise you. It's usually not over food; it's usually not over territory (especially in an established multi-cat household). "The most common type ofaggression in a cat household is what's called re-direc ted," says Dr. Houpt. Here's the typical scenario: One cat is
after 16 months of age, and males are more
sleeping peacefully on the couch. Your other
likely to engage in play oflhis kind. As for fighting, cats will fight at any age. "True fight
cat is sitting on the window sill near the couch,
nominations from almost
ing is usually more of a one-way process," says
every state in the country. •:.
Dr. Houpt. "One cat will be the aggressor and
watching the goings-on outside. A strange cat comes rambling by close to the house.The two (continued on page 6)
EDITOR IN CHIEF
CONSULTANTS Paul Maza, DVM, Lecturer in
of Feline Health Center
James A. Flanders, DVM, Dlpl
ACVS, Associate Professor,
Richard R. Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, Associate
Professor of Clinical SCiences
Marc S. Kraus, DVM. Dip\ ACVIM,
Lecturer, Clinical Sciences
Margaret C. McEntee, DVM,
[Api ACVIM, DACVR,
Professor of Oncology
William H. Miller, Jr., DVM, ABVP, Professor, (lininKa\ Sciences
Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl ABVP
Wisconsin Cat Care Clinic,
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
For information on your cat's health, visit the Cornell university College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell Feline Health Center, website at
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