COVID-19 and Felines



Cats and COVID-19

Cats and COVID-19

Coronaviruses are viruses that can cause several symptoms.  These include difficulty breathing, a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever.  There are also additional less common symptoms, such as digestive issues including nausea and diarrhea.  Some cases of coronavirus are mild and others can be more severe, causing pneumonia and often the need for a ventilator.

 

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Blood Group of Cats

Why is Knowing the Blood Group of Your RagaMuffin Kittens Important to Breeders?

Some breeders may not be aware of the implications of the blood types of their breeding cats.  The blood type has no effect at all on a pet cat, but it is important knowledge to have with respect to your breeding cats.

There are three blood groups is cats.  There is blood group A, blood group B and blood group AB (rare).  Blood type A is a dominant type and blood group B is recessive.  Each cat gets one gene for blood type from its sire and one from its dam.  In order for a cat to be blood type B, it must receive a blood type b gene from each of its parents.  If a cat gets a blood type A gene from one parent and a blood type b gene from the other parent, because the A gene is dominant, the cat’s blood group will be A. (more…)

Stomatitis in Cats

Your RagaMuffin Kitten’s Dental Health

Stomatitis in cats is a painful condition where the soft tissues in the kitty’s mouth become irritated and inflamed.  It can get so severe that your poor kitty is literally drooling blood.  Stomatitis can affect the cat’s gums, tongue cheek, tongue, and palate. Cats can also get caudal stomatitis.  This is a severe type where the area in the throat is affected and it can be a life-threatening condition.  If the inflammation is severe, it is so painful to your kitty that he or she will not/cannot eat.  (more…)

Hairballs

Hairballs and Your RagaMuffin Cat

 

ragamuffin catJust about everyone that has the pleasure of having one or more felines in their lives has experienced hairballs.  Usually, your RagaMuffin cat will feel the need to expel the hairball by vomiting it up either on or right next to your bed at 2 a.m.  If the hacking up of the hairball did not wake you up, you might have the pleasure of stepping out of bed into the hairy mess.

Some cats prefer to wait until you are awake, so they can ensure you see them hacking up the hairball.  They will then run from the tiled kitchen floor and head straight to the Oriental rug, which makes a much more inviting place for them to vomit up the hairball. (more…)

Kitten-Proofing Your Home

Take the Advice below for Kitten Proofing Your Home

 

kitten proofing your homeRagaMuffin kittens, like all kittens, are very curious bundles of fur. While it is cute to watch an adorable kitten explore their new home, unless you take preventative measures, your RagaMuffin can wind up in serious trouble. A good tip to keep in mind as you walk around your home to take kitten proofing steps it is that your RagaMuffin has a lower vantage point than your own.   As a result, your kitten may spot and be attracted to things you don’t notice in a cursory view from a standing position. Look under your furniture, and in general, look at your home as if you were seeing it through the eyes of your RagaMuffin. Look for any small objects that might catch your kitten’s attention and could be inadvertently swallowed. Some suggestions for kitten proofing your home include the following: (more…)