There's nothing like the sound of purring when you wake up in the morning. Apartment cats are on the rise, with more and more people opting to go for these cute friends that aren't attention (nor time) consuming like dogs. That said, it's also a fact that more people than ever are now living in urban areas, opting for apartments rather than houses. Living with a cat in a small apartment can be tough for both of you, at least unless you take some steps to make it more comfortable.
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”– John Steinbeck
A few weeks’ ago I lost my friend of fourteen years, Morwen. I was lucky to have had her in my life for so many years. She beat cancer (twice,) as well as a serious illness in her kittenhood, and, although I would have liked to have had more time with her, she slipped as gracefully from this world as she lived her life the afternoon of Friday, June 1. She had been fading for a few weeks despite four veterinarians and two specialists’ attempts to help her. A few days before she died, a small shadow was found in the bones of her pelvis confirming our fear that cancer had once again returned after a two year remission. We all fell apart, including the veterinary staff, even though we all had known, I think, in our hearts that this was coming and coming quickly.
Finally, some good news for FIV (the feline immunodeficiency virus) positive kitties and those who love them: Dr. Annette L. Litster of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted a long-term study which shows that FIV+ cats can live with negative kitties without infecting them and that mothers infected with FIV do not pass their virus on to their kittens.
Tig sits staring up, her gray and white face tilted quizzically. It could be a moth or even a spider on the ceiling. But it isn't. It's the kitten. The kitten is on top of the curtain rod. How the kitten got to the top of the curtains is a mystery, but she seems very proud of herself. She fluffs her tail to full pipe-cleaner capacity and hops in sideways fashion along the top of the decorative curtain balustrade. The kitten is amused. Tig is not.
My kitty had a lump. It developed almost overnight on her right side near her back leg. It felt small, hard, and perfectly round like a little marble lodged under her skin. I wasn’t that worried about it. Mammary cancer in younger cats, especially those who were spayed before their first heat cycle is very rare. There’s a slightly higher risk factor in Siamese cats, but Morwen is your average, American shorthair with a bit of Bombay thrown in the mix, a sweet little kitty with a smooshed in nose and big yellow eyes. It certainly wasn’t mammary cancer, but maybe it was a lipoma, not unusual in cats, although not usually quick-growing or hard in nature. Lipomas, of which my elderly cocker spaniel had many, are usually squishy, round lumps filled with fat. Older dogs and cats often develop them and they are, usually, not dangerous. My cocker spaniel has had more than one aspirated and another two removed, all of which were benign.
If your kitten just sneezes once or twice, there is nothing to worry about. If your kitten seems to be sneezing constantly, this could be a cause to worry. There are several different reasons your kitten could be sneezing. Lets look at a few of them.
Were you aware that kittens can be allergic to things too? Your little bundle of fur can be allergic to many different things in your home, and one of the ways she reacts is by sneezing. Here are just a few things that your kitten may be allergic to dust, aerosols, cigarette smoke, pollen, dust in kitty litter, candle smoke, carpet cleaners, mold, dust and many other possible things. Just like a human being with allergies often sneezes, and has a runny nose as a reaction - so too can your kitten.