Causes of Solid Appearing Lumps & Bumps on the Skin in Cats

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Causes of Solid-Appearing Lumps and Bumps on the Skin in Cats

Cats can develop small bumps (papules) or larger lumps (nodules) on their skin. The term ‘tumor’ means an abnormal growth or swelling, and is often used to designate cancer. Often the word ‘lump’ also brings the word ‘cancer’ to mind. There are, however, many other causes of lumps and bumps. The following table includes most of the conditions which result in solid lumps and bumps. The list is rather extensive, so you can understand why a quick diagnosis may be difficult to make and various diagnostic tests, such as biopsies, may need to be performed. The most common causes of solid lumps and bumps are color-coded gray in the table (some may be more common in certain geographical areas).
Condition Description Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment
Abscesses Accumulation of pus; may or may not be caused by an infection; in cats, often due to bite wounds These may appear as firm, fluid-filled nodules of varying shapes and sizes, with a small

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Cat

Q. Which foods could be dangerous to my pet?
A. A photo of a number of foods cats should not eatSome foods which are edible for humans, and even dogs, can pose hazards for cats because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death. The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to cats. This list is, of course, incomplete because we can not possibly list everything your cat should not eat.

Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats fed baby food for an extended period of time. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Canned tuna (for human consumption) Large amounts can cause malnutrition, since it lacks proper

Food Allergies & Intolerance in Cats

Cat eatingFood allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies seen in cats and dogs. It is the third most common cause after flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies) Food allergies account for 57% of the causes of itching and scratching in cats.The entire process of a pet being sensitized to a particular agent in food and the complicated antibody response that occurs in the intestinal tract in pets with food allergies are not very well understood. Despite our lack of understanding of the actual disease process, there are many things that we do know including the symptoms, how to diagnose food allergies, and also how to treat them.

Cats develop allergies to those foods that are most frequently fed.

Food allergies affect both cats and dogs. Unlike atopy, there is no strong link between specific breeds and food allergies. Food allergies affect both males and females and neutered and intact animals equally. They can show up as early as five months and as late as 12 years of age, though the vast majority of cases occur between 2 and 6 years.

A Stuffed Animal- cuddly, adorable and safe

Any parent need not be explained the importance of stuffed toys in the lives of their children. The Stuffed Animal, which is basically a part of stuffed toys, makes for vey safe and healthy toys for children of the youngest of ages. Often, children grow up but find that they have childhood memories with these toys and so they become memories which people can cherish for the rest of their lives. As such, companies make the Stuffed Animal in order to cater to the millions of children across the world these days. Also, there is a large group of adults who collect these toys and use them for decoration in their homes. They bring a very festive and comfortable atmosphere in homes with their very friendly and cuddly designs and the animals that are generally chosen are extremely affectionate and make for great toys.

In order to eliminate the health and safety effects of these toys on their sensitive youngsters, the animal toys are always made from the best and safest quality woven materials and areextremely soft on the skin. Generally stuffed with cotton, the Stuffed Animal can be cuddled up with for long periods of time with no harmful or

How You Can Help Fight Animal Cruelty

Animal cruelty is something that is close to many people’s hearts. Many think of it as an abuse that is akin to child abuse, since animals are also defenseless against the hands or neglect of humans.

It tends to rouse similar anger and outrage as well, and there are now many agencies that are set up to help prevent animal cruelty, and also shelters where rescued animals find solace and comfort from their abusive or neglectful environments.

Years ago, there were not even any laws set up to protect animals from abuse, and abusers were able to get away with doing just about anything they wanted without consequence.

Now, there are animal protection laws set up in almost every state, and if you are found guilty of inhumane treatment of an animal, you are subject to anything from fines to community service, to jail time.

While we’ve come a long way in legislating animal protection laws, there is still room for improvement, as they are not stiff enough penalties in most people’s eyes, and it seems that it’s still taken rather lightly.

While I’m not aligned with the extreme mentality of animal rights groups that preach vegetarianism and use tactics that I don’t deem appropriate

Animal Spirit Wisdom

Animal Spirit Wisdom

To our past ancestors, the animal held great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture, mythology and ancient civilizations, each animal is embodied with its own symbolic meaning and held its own unique spiritual power.
A particular animal crossing your path had deep significance to your life and indeed a strong message to impart. The presence of animal wisdom may appear to you in a dream, on the physical plane or intuitively.

The Butterfly

The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation.
The symbol of new life, letting go of old cycles and finding your true inner expression.
The butterfly calls you to expand your awareness, spread your wings and call forth your inner joy.
Let go of limitations, and free yourself to express your own beauty within.

It is the time of spiritual transitions. Symbolic of moving from one phase of life to the next reaching higher, reaching outward, leaving the safety of the cocoon and finding your own place among the flowers of life.
Allowing the wind to carry you forward to your goals and dreams.
A time of self-discovery rebirth. The butterfly shows you the beauty within.
Go forth with joy.
Affirmation

I recognize my true

4 Solutions to Common Cat Problems

En español | For many people, cats are as near-perfect a pet as you can find. At their best, they’re quiet, don’t need walking and confine their messes mostly to an easy-to-clean box.

But much as we love our cats, we don’t always love what they do to our homes. While scratching, shedding, chewing and even missing the litter box may be normal for cats, we all can do without these not-so-charming behaviors. Fortunately, you can minimize the mess with some simple, low-cost strategies:

Scratching the furniture. This is a natural and satisfying behavior for cats. To keep those claws off your furniture, offer alternative places to scratch while at the same time making your upholstery unattractive to your pet’s paws. Get Fluffy to use a cat tree by playing games with him or her and by petting and praising her for scratching there. Some cats may also enjoy having fresh catnip rubbed onto the cat tree as added enticement.

Once you have a cat tree in place, make the places your cat shouldn’t be clawing unattractive by putting double-sided patches (such as Sticky Paws) or tape on the

Cat pheromones may cause increased scratching, focus on scratching devices

A study by animal behavior expert John McGlone theorizes cats scratch more due to pheromones left behind from previous cat scratching.

Cats have long been some of the most independent and unpredictable animals on the planet. They were revered by Egyptian pharaohs and have been used as symbols by many cultures for their grace, elegance and demeanor.

Predicting their behavior, however, has long been a mystery, one which scholars throughout the ages have studied. Figuring out what a cat wants, when it wants it and how it wants it has led to numerous theories and studies.

Now, one professor in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources may have unlocked the answer to at least part of what a cat is thinking when it comes to what that cat prefers to scratch.

John McGlone, a professor of animal welfare and animal behavior in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, presented this week his study on cat scratchers, which scratchers cats preferred and why. His research was delivered during the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ASDA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Orlando, Florida.

Using kittens due to their

Cat pheromones may cause increased scratching focus on scratching devices

A study by animal behavior expert John McGlone theorizes cats scratch more due to pheromones left behind from previous cat scratching.

Cats have long been some of the most independent and unpredictable animals on the planet. They were revered by Egyptian pharaohs and have been used as symbols by many cultures for their grace, elegance and demeanor.

Predicting their behavior, however, has long been a mystery, one which scholars throughout the ages have studied. Figuring out what a cat wants, when it wants it and how it wants it has led to numerous theories and studies.

Now, one professor in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources may have unlocked the answer to at least part of what a cat is thinking when it comes to what that cat prefers to scratch.

John McGlone, a professor of animal welfare and animal behavior in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, presented this week his study on cat scratchers, which scratchers cats preferred and why. His research was delivered during the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) of the American Dairy Science Association (ASDA) and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Orlando, Florida.

Using kittens due to their

If You’re Really Brave, Adopt a Kitten

In spite of our valiant efforts to control the cat population with spay/neuter programs we always seem to have a bounty of fluffy babies in the spring. Maybe this is our reward for enduring a long, boring winter. Kittens are never dull or boring. They are enthusiastic and energetic—the embodiment of spring.   Now if you are in the market for a new feline companion, we have some guidelines that can make this experience unique and wonderful. It will take a little work at first, but the reward for your efforts will be a benefit to you and your cats for many years.

  • Your first important decision is to determine the proper time to adopt the pet. If the kitten is under 8 weeks of age, it should stay with its mother and litter mates until they are at least 10 weeks old. Kittens learn valuable social skills from the mother cat and the siblings at this time, such as how to inhibit biting, proper play and the all important litter box habits.
  • Kittens love to play and hunting is their game. If you don’t want to be the prey, then take out your fishing pole toy or laser light and let

What are the symptoms of feline diabetes

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You might want to be a fat cat, but you sure don’t want your feline to become one. There are a many reasons to keep your cat at a healthy weight, but avoiding feline diabetes may be the biggest.

Feline diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a common disease often found in older and overweight cats. Similar to diabetes in humans, feline diabetes occurs when there is not enough insulin (a hormone made in the pancreas) in the cat’s body to balance out the glucose (sugar) in the cat’s diet. In normal cats, food is broken down during digestion and the resulting glucose enters the bloodstream. Insulin is then released to regulate the blood’s glucose levels. If your cat isn’t producing enough — or any — insulin, he will become diabetic. And if too much glucose builds up in his body due to the lack of insulin, the disease can become dangerous and even life threatening.

So what symptoms should you look for? Begin by monitoring your cat more closely, especially if he’s older or is overweight. Have you observed him drinking or eating a lot

What are the most common cat diseases

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Cats are prone to a handful of specific illnesses, all with distinctive symptoms. Knowing what ails them and why will help you determine the right treatment to get them healthy again. Preventing problems, from viruses to worms, will keep your cat from being sidelined by discomfort. Here are some diseases to watch for:

All that howling might be a cry out for help.
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Viruses and bacteria can invade a cat’s nose, throat and sinuses, causing upper respiratory infections (URIs). Feline calicivirus and feline herpes virus are the most contagious types of URIs. In multi-cat homes or shelters, viruses are passed through shared food or water dishes, grooming or sneezing. Secondary bacterial infections may develop along with the viruses. Stress and overcrowding contribute to URIs, and cats with flat faces, such as Persians, are more susceptible to infection. Signs of URIs include a runny nose, congestion, nasal discharge, fever, loss of appetite and

How to Put Your Cat on a Diet

With an alarming number of fat cats out there — one scientific study concluded that 53 percent of cats in the U.S. are either overweight or obese — your not-quite-svelte feline may need to quit the clean plate club. Tubby tabbies face an array of possible health problems, including arthritis, diabetes, heart and liver issues. They may also suffer illnesses, such as bladder stones or skin conditions that require special eating habits. And diabetic cats need strictly monitored care and feeding. But getting a cat to follow any diet not of his own choosing isn’t as simple as cutting out treats and serving tiny portions. Knowing what to expect as you alter your cat’s meal plan will help you to keep him on the right nutritional path.

When should a plump cat slim down? Most vets classify a cat with more than 20 percent body fat as overweight, but more simply, if the feline profile viewed from above has no waistline or abdominal tuck, the cat is too fat. You should be able to feel, but not see, his ribs. He shouldn’t have folds of swinging fat when he walks. A cat’s ideal weight depends on

How to Choose a Cat Sitter

Housecats rely on their pet parents for food, water and the occasional treat. Other than these basic needs, cats seem to prefer an independent life. So why not just set out a three-day supply of food and water when you leave town for a long weekend?

Turns out, cats do need us — maybe more than we realize. Hiring a pet sitter will ensure that your cat has adequate food, water and supervision. This is especially important because these creatures are accustomed to human companionship and become stressed by its sudden absence. Plus, a pet sitter can contact a veterinarian if your cat becomes ill or injured.

As a general rule, your cat should not be alone for more than 12 hours. If your cat has a strict feeding schedule or requires medication, she may be able to spend only three or four hours alone. You can expect most professional cat sitters to come to your home at least once a day — more often if your pet’s health demands it.

“We do no less than one visit per day for cats,” says Jennifer Pierce, who, along with her husband Andrew, owns the Atlanta-based Spoiled Rotten Pet Sitting

Why would a cat stop using the litter box

When a cat stops using the litter box, there’s always a reason. Your first impulse may be to shout at the cat, but that will just frighten and confuse him. Cats are not vengeful, and he is not going outside his box to get back at you for pushing him off the sofa. Instead, look at what may have triggered this change, which you yourself may have inadvertently caused.

Because cats are habitually clean, Frisky may be upset by a litter box that isn’t changed often enough to suit him, even if you think every other day is OK. Would you use a bathroom with an unflushed toilet? Changes in household routine may also be cause to forgo the box. If you’ve added a new cat, the resident feline may dislike using the same litter box as the newcomer. He may also not appreciate that you’ve replaced his regular litter with a new-fangled one. Cats are keenly aware of the scent and feel of their litter, so if you’ve changed brands or types to take advantage of a sale, your cat may not approve of the savings the way you do.  A move to a new

Do cats really hate water

Cats’ aversion to water is widely accepted as fact — but in truth, not all cats feel the same about taking a dip. One domestic breed, the strikingly beautiful Turkish Van cat, actually delights in getting wet. His ancestors did, too, plunging into lake waters to better cope with the extreme summer heat in the Lake Van region of Turkey, where the breed originated.

If your cat is any other breed, he probably views swimming and bathing as spectator sports — and the prospect of being caught in a thunderstorm with raindrops drenching his fur is unthinkable. What do most felines really think of water? Here’s what we’ve found:

Water Aversion

If a cat’s experiences with water are mainly exposure to a sopping rainstorm, a forced bath or being sprayed with water as a disciplinary measure, why wouldn’t she shy away from water? Scientists contend that cats’ dislike of water comes from house cats’ owners shielding them from the elements since the earliest periods of domestication and from their ancestors — wild cats in Europe, Africa and China’s desert cat — whose limited experience with water did not require adapting and evolving to deal with it. Lions and leopards avoid river-dwelling predators (like

Why is your cat not grooming himself?

Ever seen comic-strip icon Garfield polish his paws and coat after downing a panful of lasagna? Feline grooming habits are legendary. Cats sometimes even wash themselves after being petted, meticulously putting their fur in order just in case a human’s touch has mussed a patch. They groom not only to clean, but to regulate body temperature and stimulate circulation. When a cat stops grooming, something’s amiss in his world.

You can usually spot the signs quickly, as his once-silky coat will feel harsh or greasy. He may have small mats or knots of fur on his body or tail, and his feet may look stained from litter box residue or urine; such staining is especially noticeable on white or light-colored paws. If the cat is ill, he may have a foul, sour smell due to lack of grooming. Cats routinely wash after eating, so food particles around his face or chest half an hour after a meal indicate that yours is a distracted kitty.

Why No Grooming?

Pain or illness will cause a cat to lose interest in grooming. Aging cats may suffer from arthritis, which makes it painful for them to maneuver their bodies for cleaning; the simple act of grooming may

When the Cat Comes Back With Prey

Jennifer L. McDonald is an ecologist by profession and a cat person by avocation. Some years ago, Tiggy, her ginger-and-white shorthair, would bring home freshly killed mice and shrews for her consideration.

Dr. McDonald, now an associate research fellow at the Center for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter in England, was curious about the impact of pet cats like Tiggy on wildlife. Fewer mice might be nice. But cats, natural hunters, pounce on birds and rabbits, too.

“You can’t pick and choose a cat’s prey,” Dr. McDonald said. If owners realized how much prey their pets killed, she wondered, would they be willing to contain their cats to protect wildlife?

She and her associates studied the question. The answer, published recently in the journal Ecology and Evolution was unequivocal and emphatic.

No.
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How to Cure a Cat’s Anxiety

Impulse-control problems, phobias, anxiety, violent outbursts and compulsive disorders are not uncommon in pets. ‘‘Unfortunately, you cannot put a cat on a couch and say, ‘Tell me about your mother,’ ” says E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist with practices in Manhattan and Denver. (‘‘Think of us as animal psychiatrists,’’ she says.) Still, you can treat the kind of underlying feline psychological distress that leads to biting, scratching, moping and urinating outside the litter box. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac can help, but Christensen advises clients to examine a pet’s environment before turning to pharmacology. ‘‘Ask yourself, Are you coming close to meeting this animal’s natural needs? The answer is almost always no.’’

To treat a mentally unstable cat, start by making its indoor environment richer and more reminiscent of the outdoors. Install a fish tank; hang a bird feeder outside a window; get a small, preylike robotic toy (Christensen suggests Hexbugs); make a lofted perch; introduce novelties like an empty paper bag or a wand toy. Cats are predators, preferring to hunt 10 to 20 cricket-to-mouse-size meals a day. Even in a studio apartment, you can help satisfy that instinct by

How Cats Took Over the Internet at the Museum of the Moving Image

WHILE it’s not true that 15 percent of all Internet traffic is cat-related, as the Friskies cat food company asserted in 2013, it does make a convincing urban legend.
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“For some reason, cats took off, and then it’s this avalanche that just sort of keeps piling up,” said Jason Eppink, the curator of “How Cats Took Over the Internet,” an exhibition that opens on Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image. “People on the web are more likely to post a cat than another animal, because it sort of perpetuates itself. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.”

The exhibition — which may well be the first mainstream museum installation entirely dedicated to cats online — is made up mostly of images, videos and GIFs of cats and is meant to be a cultural deconstruction of their enduring popularity. The show takes a high-minded look at anthropomorphism and what it calls the “aesthetics of cuteness” as well as a low-brow wallow through cheesy trends — like the LOLcats who demand cheezburger — and bad puns, like Caturday, a fad that had people posting cat pictures on Saturdays.
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How a Kitten Eased My Partner’s Depression

When his depression was at its worst, my partner, Joe, would wake up in the morning engulfed in a fog so palpable that its presence would sometimes startle me awake, as if I had smelled something burning.

During the first few years of our relationship, I often wished he would roll over with a cheery “Good morning!” and a kiss instead of stumbling blankly out of bed, zombielike, toward coffee.

I eventually figured out that lying alone in bed and fantasizing about a nondepressed Joe was a terrible idea. It made me grumpy, and then we would both be having a bad day.

So, in as chipper a manner as possible, I would pull on my bathrobe and rubber boots and go gather the delicate blue eggs of our housemate’s Aracuna chickens.
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Australia Defends Plan to Kill Millions of Feral Cats

HONG KONG — Australian officials have responded to criticism from animal rights activists and celebrities, including the former actress Brigitte Bardot and the singer Morrissey, that a government plan to protect threatened species by killing millions of feral cats is unnecessarily cruel.

Gregory Andrews, Australia’s threatened species commissioner, has written open letters to Ms. Bardot and Morrissey saying that feral cats prey on more than 100 of the country’s threatened species and that they were a “major contributor” to the extinction of at least 27 mammal species in the country over the past 200 years.

He called some of the extinct species, such as the lesser bilby, desert bandicoot, crescent nailtail wallaby and big-eared hopping mouse, “delightful creatures, rich in importance in Australian indigenous culture, and formerly playing important roles in the ecology of our country. We don’t want to lose any more species like these.”

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Cat Body Language How to Read Your Cat

Most cat owners can tell what their cat is saying. No, they didn’t learn to speak Cat in order to understand what “meow, merrow, meow” means. These cat owners simply know how to read their cat’s body language.

Familiarity with your cat is an important aspect of the cat-owner relationship. Through a lot of contact, the two of you learn various aspects of each other’s behavior. For example, think of those times you sit down to relax with a favorite book. The cat knows what to do next. It will sit down on top of your favorite book and demand to be petted!

Obvious cues

Through habit and repetition, your cat will learn where things are in the house. It can then cue you when it needs those things. If you always keep her food in the same cabinet, the cat knows that, when hungry, the food is in that particular cabinet. Your cat relies on you to open the door and pour the food into the bowl. That is why a consistent pattern of body language comes next.

The cat will meow while possibly sitting in front of the cabinet. It may also rub your legs when you’re standing in front of its