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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)