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  • Congratulations on your new kitten! Adding a new kitten to your family is a lot of fun, but it is also a big responsibility. Here are the things you need to know about the healthcare needs of young kittens.

  • Cats are very attached to their home territory, and most of our pet cats live a very sheltered life with a very predictable routine that does not involve travelling away from home. For most cats, a visit to the veterinarian is an overwhelming experience.

  • The question of pet ownership: Do we “own” cats or do they “own” us? The answer is debatable, but here’s something that is not: living with a cat comes with responsibilities.

  • Like humans, cats have two sets of teeth in their lives. There are 26 deciduous teeth, also known as their primary, baby, milk, or kitten teeth, and 30 permanent teeth, also known as their adult teeth.

  • Cryptorchidism refers to the failure of one or both testes (testicles) to descend into the scrotum. Cryptorchidism is much less common in cats than in dogs.

  • Rifampin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections caused by Rhodococcus, Mycobacteria and Staphylococci. Rifampin has antifungal activity when combined with other antifungal agents and may be used to treat infections such as histoplasmosis or aspergillosis.

  • "Ringworm" is the common name given to a fungal infection of the superficial layers of the skin, hair and nails. Ringworm infections can occur in humans and in all domesticated species of animals. The name comes from the classical appearance of the round, red, raised 'ring' marking the boundary of inflammation in people infected with the disease.

  • Cats can be very lively travel companions if we take the time to create a positive experience for them. We do need to think through several important logistical issues in order to make travel as smooth and easy for them (and for us) as possible.

  • Ronidazole is a synthetic antibacterial and antiprotazoal agent used in treating trichomoniasis in cats.

  • Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites of the cat. They can be an important cause of illness, even death, in kittens. As their name implies, these are large-bodied round worms, averaging about 3-6 inches (8-15 cm) in length. They do not attach to the wall of the intestine, as some intestinal parasites do. Instead, they are literally "swimming" freely within the intestine.

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