Ask the Vet Dr Jamie Robey
We invited the local animal expert back to chat about our feline friends
What are the most common health issues you see in cats in summer?
As we head into warmer months and the rain starts, the humidity creates mites, yeast and bacteria that can sit inside your cat’s ears. If you notice your cat flicking or shaking its head, it usually means they have an ear infection and need a vet.
We hear that paralysis ticks, which are prevalent in warmer months, are very dangerous for cats. How can we try to protect them?
I recommend a spot-on product called Bravecto Plus. It’s affordable and protects against ticks, mites, and worms – basically everything. It also works for up three months. [Most similar products need monthly application.]
We know the unfortunate toll free-roaming domesticated cats can have on native wildlife. What can we as owners do?
An interesting fact that not many people know is that Sydney is absolutely infested with [fatal] feline AIDS [caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus]. I’ve personally tested multiple cats in the area as positive and sadly their owners refuse to keep them inside. It only takes one playful bite and your cat can become FIV positive, too. I understand it can be hard to start, but please consider keeping your cats inside not only for their own safety but that of the native wildlife as well.
Cats on leads: what are your thoughts?
[Laughing] Well, it’s extremely rare for a cat to like being walked as their natural instinct is to assume a predator is lurking around every corner. If your cat likes either walks or leads, then consider
them to be very brave.
DR JAMIE ROBEY
Phone: 0490 382 506
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