We strive very hard to be a cat friendly clinic providing healthcare and advice for all cats.
Our main aim is to keep your cats fit and healthy but when they get sick, we are there 24/7 to provide advice and care to make them better again.
Below is a selection of information and advice sheets covering some of the more common cat queries we receive.
Why not also check out our Blog page where we regularly talk about interesting feline topics?
If you have any concerns about your cat, call us on 01243 842832 and we will be very pleased to help you.
Feline Neutering Advice Here at AlphaPet we are strong believers in preventative healthcare. Prevention is always better than cure! One of the most important things we can do to aid with this motto is to neuter cats at an early age, if they are not being used for breeding. In the... read more »
What is cat scratch disease and what causes it? Cat Scratch Disease, or Cat Scratch Fever, is a disease of humans, not of cats. However, a cat scratch is often associated with the disease, although this is not believed to be the means by which infection occurs. The disease... read more »
How common is dental disease in cats? Dental disease is one of the most frequent ailments seen by veterinary surgeons, and can be found to some degree in the majority of cats over two years of age. The most common problems are due to periodontal disease, gingivitis and neck... read more »
What is cystitis? Cystitis is a general term referring to inflammation in the urinary bladder. The term cystitis does not imply a specific underlying cause. In cats, diseases of the lower urinary tract (the bladder and urethra) are grouped under the term ‘feline lower urinary tract disease’ (FLUTD) as it... read more »
What is Feline Leukaemia Virus? Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is one of the most important viral infections of cats, being a common cause of illness and death. In general, around 1-2% of the cat population is persistently infected with this virus, but the proportion of cats infected differs according... read more »
Feline miliary dermatitis/flea allergy dermatitis What is feline miliary dermatitis? Feline miliary dermatitis is a general term to describe a skin condition that usually involves an allergic response. It is a very itchy skin problem and affected cats may lick, bite and scratch at the affected skin. The cat’s... read more »
What is spraying? Urine spraying is part of the cat's normal scent-marking behavioural repertoire which also includes scratching, rubbing, chinning, bunting (depositing secretions from head glands on twigs etc., and middening (leaving faeces uncovered). Using these scent markers cats can deter others from their range and cats which share... read more »
Recent advances in medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines that are available for use in cats. Currently cats can be vaccinated against six different diseases:- Feline panleukopenia (= feline infectious enteritis; feline parvovirus) Feline herpes virus type 1 (= FHV-1; feline rhinotracheitis virus) Feline... read more »
What is toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by infection with the organism called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a microscopic single-cell organism which is one of the most common parasites of animals. Although virtually all warm-blooded animals, including man, can be infected with this organism, it is an extremely... read more »