TALK ABOUT AN EYE LIFT
A young black cat named Billie who was born without upper
eyelids is much happier now thanks to a radical surgery
performed in February by veterinarians at the University of
California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in California.
Surgeons took tissue from around Billie’s mouth and crafted
upper eyelids for the cat who was unable to blink and lubricate her eyes prior to the transplant. She also suffered constant irritation from hair rubbing against her corneas.
The surgery, called a lip commissure to eyelid transposition, was a first for UC Davis vets. It was a resounding success. Two months after the surgery, Billie was able to use her
new eyelids to blink!
BY ANNIE B. SHIRREFFS
Like many of today’s busy cat parents, I
always wonder what my felines are up to
when I’m not home. With the Petcube
Camera, you can watch, talk to, and even
play with your pets no matter where you
are. It features a 138-degree wide-angle camera that streams right to your
Smartphone. It’s compatible with both
iOS and Android and easily connects
to your home’s Wi-Fi. And through the
Petcube app, you can share access to
your Petcube Camera with friends, family, or anyone in
the Petcube community.
A sample camera was sent to the office, so I tried it out
one weekend with two foster kittens who are staying in
my spare bedroom. I can’t spend every waking minute with
them (my own cats certainly won’t allow that), so it was
fun — and helpful — to be able to keep an eye on them
from the other room, so I could immediately put a stop
to any curtain climbing or wrestling matches that got out
like the proverbial “nails on a
of us cringe.
It seems our
cats can be
recently identified a
new type of epilepsy in cats
that’s triggered by everyday noises like clinking dishes
and crumpling aluminum foil.
Dubbed feline audiogenic reflex seizures by the
authors of a study published in March in the Journal
of Feline Medicine and Surgery, this strange condition
appears to affect mostly senior kitties.
Interestingly, half of the cats in the study were partially or completely deaf. And 31 percent were Birmans.
The researchers theorized that the ultrasonic hearing
range of cats (which helps them find mice) might make
them sensitive to these high-pitched sounds.
BY JACKIE BROWN