Understanding Cat Health

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When you understand cat health, you can better care for your own kitty. Our experts explain everything you need to know about keeping your cat healthy and happy. Whether you’re wondering why your cat’s sneezing or want to know if your kitty is overweight, we’ve got the information you’re looking for.

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Do cats drink water? Yes, like humans and many other animals, cats need water to survive. Many cats don’t drink as much as they should, though. Find out why they need water and how to get your own kitty to drink more.
Healthy Skin and Coat for cats

A cat's skin and coat are among the most visible signs of health and vitality. The skin and coat are of vital importance to the body's protective mechanisms against environmental assaults of all kinds: from infectious agents to temperature gradients.

Why is my cat throwing up
A cat throwing up is something common that happens more than we like. It's important to know why cats throw up and when you need to consult your veterinarian.

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What do crystals in cat urine mean, and what can I do about it? A buildup of crystals may lead to a urinary tract problem.
Bladder stones in cats are rock-like minerals that form in the bladder. The correct name for them is “uroliths,” but a bladder stone by any name is a pain for your cat.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease or FLUTD is a common condition seen in cats.  Feline urinary tract disease can affect the urinary bladder (such as cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder) and the urethra, the channel that carries urine from the b
Is your older cat high-strung? Does she lose weight but eat a lot? She may have an overactive thyroid. Older cats sometimes begin producing too much thyroid hormone. It’s a condition called feline hyperthyroidism.
You thought you were the only one in the family with high blood pressure? Cats can suffer from hypertension, too, even though they often show no obvious clinical signs.
What are common symptoms of heart disease in cats? Sudden onset shortness of breath, apparent weakness or a distended abdomen might be signs of heart disease in your cat.
Lying just under the stomach and along the beginning of the small intestine, known as the duodenum, the pancreas is a small pink glandular organ.  Its main responsibilities include digestion of fats and starches through secretion of enzymes
Colitis is an inflammation of the colon, also known as the large intestine. Colitis can be acute, beginning suddenly and ending relatively quickly; or chronic, lasting for weeks and recurring periodically.

The cat experts at Purina® Pro Plan are always learning about the ways that owning a cat can improve people’s health and happiness and reduce stress – did you know a 20-year study found that people who owned a cat were 40 percent less likely to die from a h

A cat's skin and coat are among the most visible signs of health and vitality. The skin and coat are of vital importance to the body's protective mechanisms against environmental assaults of all kinds: from infectious agents to temperature gradients.

Do cats drink water? Yes, like humans and many other animals, cats need water to survive. Many cats don’t drink as much as they should, though. Find out why they need water and how to get your own kitty to drink more.
Do you know how to tell if your cat is healthy? Healthy cat food with the proper nutrition can play an important role in the well-being of your cat, but that’s only one influential component in overall cat health.