Friday, October 26, 2012

Cats and Dangers in relation to Halloween (Quick Links)

Cats and Halloween Dangers - Quick Links

October: Black Cat Month - The Perils of Halloween While October may be the favorite month of thousands of humans, who excitedly plan their costumes of spooks, vampires and monsters, in anticipation of Halloween, cats, particularly black cats, have little cause for celebration this month.

Pet Poison Helpline - Halloween Dangers to Dogs & Cats - Chocolate and Candy

Halloween Safety Tips No Scaredy Cats This Halloween - : Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents from the ASPCA

Are Black Cats in Greater Danger Around Halloween? - by Dr. Marty Becker on Vetstreet

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bartonella Shmartonella

Bartonella Shmartonella

            The other day, a client of mine called in a bit of a panic.   Recently, a stray cat appeared on the doorstep of his upstate vacation home, and even though he wasn’t intending on adding another cat to his single-cat household, this cat was pretty irresistible.  A neutered male cat, declawed in front, no identification, and very friendly.  Given that someone had obviously owned this cat (or possibly still did), my client took the cat to the local shelter so that he could be checked for a microchip.  The verdict: no chip.  Still, visions of a distraught family pining for their lost cat danced in his head, and he put up posters in the neighborhood and asked the shelter to hang on to the cat for a few days while a potential owner was sought.  After 10 days, with no one claiming the big orange fella, my client was given the green light to adopt him. 

            The sweet kitty, now christened Opie, was taken to a local vet for examination.  The local vet ran a FeLV and FIV test, which thankfully came back negative.  The cat was given his first FVRCP vaccine, and a rabies vaccine. 

            So why the panic?  Or should I say unnecessary panic?  Because the vet, for some crazy reason, ran a Bartonella test, and this came back positive.   The local vet recommended four weeks of “intensive” antibiotic therapy, and warned my client of some potential “consequences” of Bartonella. 

            By now, most cat owners have heard something about Bartonella.  But there’s a lot of misinformation out there, so I hope to set the record straight with this blog post.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5 Facts About FIV

5 Facts About FIV

CatChannel and CAT FANCY veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, discusses five important things to know about feline immunodeficiency virus. Posted on

Q: I’d like information on feline AIDS. I know it is contracted by bodily fluids, from cat to cat. Can people get it from a cat, too? Can a cat get it if another cat has been in my house that later is positive, although there has been no contact? Could it be in the carpet, etc.?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cat Man Doing One for the Humans

"Cat Man Do" readers may have noticed that I haven’t posted lately.  I apologize for that, and assure you that more posts are coming.  The reason for the recent lull is that I’ve taken on a volunteer project (in addition to the million other things I have going on in my life).  This particular project has nothing to do with cats, other animals, or veterinary medicine. 
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