Easter Lilies (and other lilies) are Toxic to Cats!

The Holidays are upon us again and many people partake in the tradition of giving an Easter Lily plant.   If there is a cat in the house, please do not do so as this may have fatal consequences.  

All parts of the Lily plant are toxic to plants - this includes Lilium sp. and Hemerocallis sp. - Easter, Tiger, Asiatic and Daylilies.   

Sweet Relief - Is Your Cat in Pain?

Most of you will have heard the saying "cats are masters of disguise" - it is true.  As a species they are not just hunters but also hunted - that means that displaying any signs of weakness (including pain) in the wild will dramatically decrease their chances of survival. 

Cat Handling 101

There are some very important tips when it comes to approaching and handling cats, especially one that is new to you, who is unfamiliar with you. 



Separation anxiety is a commonly recognized problem in dogs, but far less so in our feline companions.  Working in a cat-only practice I have come across a number of patients who do have this issue, including our late clinic cat, Danny, when he stayed at Sandy's home.  

The most common complaint from owners is excessive vocaliztion when they leave their home.  Their cat may also cling to them when they are home, getting upset if their owner is out of their sight.  Some clients feel that their cats will eliminate outside the litterpan because of this. 

Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) - Cats who "Walk The Walk"

CH is a non-painful, developmental condition that affects cats to varying degrees.  I am featuring 2 such cats here. 

Brad, an adorable kitten who is severely affected with CH.  He is looking for a home, but it will have to be a special home where he can get the care and attention that he needs. 

See a photo of Brad, and hopefully we'll have video soon,  on our facebook page at:

Cats - Masters of Sleep Disruption!

Hey Doc, Why does my cat wake me up at 3 or 4 AM?

This is a very common question from cat owners. 

The answer is really quite simple - it's what cats were designed to do.  By nature they are a crepuscular animal and no, that doesn't have to do with their muscles ;)     This means they are most active during twilight or the transition time between night and day and day and night.   Cats are not the only animals with that claim to fame - deer and rabbits also join them in that title.  


Most of us are aware that high blood pressure is "not a good thing" although we may not be informed as to the specifics of what it can lead to.  Humans are not the only species to suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) for varying reasons, your cat can too.

There are a number of diseases that can lead to it which is called "secondary hypertension", the more common being:

Chronic Kidney Disease (Chronic Renal Failure, CRF)


Heart Disease


certain medications

Ticks and New Treatment Option - May is Lyme's Awareness Month

I am going to sound like a broken record, but am posting again about Ticks and tick control in our feline friends as the season is upon us again.  

Ticks survive the winter months in a number of ways and once the temperatures warm up above 4 degrees celsius they will become active and seek a host. 

If Love Could Have Saved You... you would have lived forever.....

Yesterday we said goodbye to a very dear member of the Atlantic Cat Hospital Team, Bennie.  It was sudden and unexpected which makes it all that much harder to accept.

Bennie came to the hospital  many years ago in desparate need and terrible physical shape.  Through endless hours, kindness, love and compassion, Gina nursed him back to health and they formed an inseparable bond.  This happened before "my watch" but the result was there for all to see every day.

See the Worm Squirm

Below you will see the image of an intestinal round worm that has come from a patient of mine - I have seen these vomited up by both indoor only and outdoor cats. On our facebook page there is a short video of a tapeworm proglottid moving around.  These are the two most common intestinal worms we see here in Nova Scotia although I do still occassionally see cats (and yes, indoor ones too) with hookworms. 

What Goes In Must Come Out - the Concern About Constipation

I just want to talk a bit about a condition that can be quite serious in cats.  We take so much for granted in life.  Eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom.  All animals require these things for survival.  What many pet owners do not realize is just how serious it can be if your cat is not passing stool on a daily basis.  

“….. but Doc, my cat isn’t constipated, he/she goes every 2-3 days….”

Until We Meet Again....

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I inform all of our friends, that we said farewell to Danny this morning.  Words cannot begin to describe this wonderful, quirky cat.

Danny came to us in 2014, as a rescue from Cape Breton, who had multiple medical issues.  He immediately had us all under his spell and we made our clinic his home.


This is a life threatening emergency in cats that is most commonly seen in males, but can also occur in females.  If you notice ANY of the following signs in your cat he/she may be blocked or becoming blocked:

1 - your cat is in and out of the litterpan frequently

2 - urine spotting on furniture, you, the floor or urinating outside the litterpan

3 - straining to urinate and/or vocalizing when trying to do so

4 - producing small amounts or no urine when voiding

5 - blood in the urine or blood spots around the house

Ho! Ho! HOLD the Tinsel!!

The Holiday Season is upon us and with it all of the decorating and celebrating that so many enjoy.  Be sure to keep your holiday Pet Safe this year.  

Here is a link to a great article about pet safety over the Holidays provided by the ASPCA.

Tick Season and Lyme's Disease

It is that season again folks and very important to be 'aware' and vigilant.

Sugar and Spice might not be Nice.... Diabetes and Cats

I am always concerned when an owner tells me their cat "drinks and urinates well" as this can be a 'red flag' that there is an underlying medical issue.  The most common causes in older cats are kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes or an infection in the urinary system.  Younger cats are more prone to urinary tract infections and/or crystals in the urine causing this although we do still see some with kidney failure or diabetes.   Less commonly, liver issues may cause these symptoms.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

No owner wants to find out that their cat has tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and/or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).  Today we're going to discuss FIV.  

While this virus is contagious, it does not live long outside of the hosts body and is typically transmitted through deep bite wounds.  It is important to realize that the transmission rate is low in multicat households as long as there is no fighting (bite wounds).