Common Conditions in Cats

Cats…we just love them! In fact, in the last year, Americans owned 95.6 million cats domestically! That’s ahead of dog ownership but pales into insignificance against the 139.3 million freshwater fish that we own!

So could you name the most popular breeds of cat? Well, let’s take a quick rundown of our most loved varieties of the domestic cat.

In at #10 is the Sphynx. Unique in its hairlessness, these are indoor cats and very loving.

At #9 we have the Manx. A very outgoing, friendly cat but without a tail!

#8 – the Oriental Shorthair. Hypoallergenic with little bat-like ears, this has one of the most color variations of them all.

#7 – A Domestic Shorthair. Possibly the most popular all over the world, all sorts of colors with winning personalities.

At #6, The Ragdoll. Why? Because it goes limp when picked up! A furry laptop baby that is a great companion.

#5, The Abyssinian. Energetic, playful and can be taught tricks! Less of a cuddlier than other breeds.

#4, The Siamese. A stunning cat with piercing blue eyes and a distinct personality – this little bundle is very vocal!

#3, The Exotic Shorthair. This variation on a Persian is popular as it requires less effort than its long hair counterpart.

#2, The Maine Coon. Big, bold, laid back, gentle and fun, this is the largest of all cats but fluffy and full of character.

Finally, the #1 has been in the top spot for almost 30 years. The Persian! Saucer eyes, stunning looks, affectionate and loves to cuddle. But be prepared for the hair care!

So with so many varieties, it is no wonder that our gregarious and explorative friends can get themselves into scrapes! Fights amongst the neighborhood crew can happen and as with any injury seek professional help if this happens.

However, there are minor injuries that you can treat at home – often these occur on the tail. Unsurprising really, with their incessant waving and wagging the tail can strain, suffer cuts and abrasions from their expeditions through the undergrowth. And in the most extreme cases, they can break.

If it’s a minor sprain or abrasion then you can treat it initially. Follow these three simple steps:
– Wash and clean the area thoroughly
– Apply antibiotic cream
– Wrap with Healit Pet Wrap then tape

Remember the adage..if in doubt give the vet a shout.