Veterinarian’s RV stolen with beloved cat inside

October 28, 2016

Veterinarian’s RV stolen with beloved cat inside

When thieves stole Calif. veterinarian Aglaia Cardona’s RV while she worked, she lost her home away from home and many possessions, but she’s particularly heartbroken because her beloved cat Iris was in the vehicle. Dr. Cardona said Iris needs special food for a kidney issue and that if the cat is not properly cared for, it could become very ill.

The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (10/25)

Australian domestic cat diagnosed with superbug

October 28, 2016

Australian domestic cat diagnosed with superbug

A carbapenem-resistant salmonella strain was diagnosed in a domestic cat in Australia, marking the first time a highly resistant salmonella has been reported in a domestic animal there. Experts aren’t sure how the cat, which suffered such severe gastrointestinal symptoms that it had to be euthanized, contracted the bacteria, but three other cats at the same facility also developed the infection, suggesting it is transferable.

ABC (Australia) (10/27)

Cat’s vomiting tied to inappropriate eating

October 25, 2016

Cat’s vomiting tied to inappropriate eating

San Francisco SPCA veterinarians removed 27 hair ties from the stomach of Mowglie, a 10-year-old Bengal cat whose owner noticed the cat was vomiting regularly. The veterinarians suspect the cat didn’t eat the hair ties all at once, and they expect him to recover without incident.

KRON-TV (San Francisco) (10/24)

KANSAS Asian lady beetles stirring up trouble for canines

October 21, 2016

KANSAS Asian lady beetles stirring up trouble for canines

Asian lady beetles are swarming in Barton County, Kan., where their aphid prey has been abundant, causing problems for dogs that like to catch bugs. The beetles can bite and secrete a sticky substance that may allow them to become up stuck to the tissues inside a dog’s mouth, where they can cause pain and ulceration. Veterinarian Lindsay Mitchell said owners can try to remove the beetles themselves, but if they have trouble or notice any lesions or signs of pain, veterinary care is needed.

WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.) (10/20)

Veterinarian helping cat overcome abuse

October 19, 2016

Veterinarian helping cat overcome abuse

Veterinarian Alison Beaulieu is helping a young cat overcome what is most likely an intentional injury from a human. Dr. Beaulieu said the animal has symmetrical patterns of lesions on its paws and both ears, consistent with intentional injuries, and the cat is also being treated for fleas, intestinal parasites and fractures.

WBNG-TV (Johnson City, N.Y.) (10/17)

Cat and dog will be friends forever, shelter staff say

October 18, 2016

Cat and dog will be friends forever, shelter staff say

Romeo, a cat, and Juliet, a dog, were found huddling together underneath a car and taken to a shelter in Chula Vista, Calif., where staff noticed the pair’s unusual bond. Juliet was initially kenneled in an area for dogs while Romeo bunked with other cats, but Romeo’s condition declined when they were apart, so staff reunited the pair and want them to be adopted together.

ABC News (10/14)

How cats use their whiskers

October 14, 2016

How cats use their whiskers

Veterinarian Francine Rattner explains that cat whiskers, while unique to each cat in number and positioning, shed light on a cat’s mood and they help the animals sense their surroundings, maintain balance and even smell. When whiskers are damaged, these functions may be disrupted, Dr. Rattner writes.

Capital Gazette (Annapolis, Md.) (10/13)