cancer (the liver itself becomes
cancerous); in other cases, cancer in
another part of the body may spread
to the liver. Treatment depends on
the type of cancer. If a discreet portion of the liver is affected, surgery
to remove that part might be curative. If the liver is diffusely affected,
chemotherapy could be an option.
Just treat it
We often monitor how the cat is
responding to treatment by checking
the chemistry panel during therapy
and seeing if the numbers are returning to the normal range. I’ve treated
many cats with liver disease and, as
the medicine that I prescribe starts to
work its magic and the cat starts eating and gaining weight, I’ll anxiously
run a chemistry panel to confirm the
progress I’m seeing. Telling a client
that their cat’s liver parameters have
returned to normal is news that I love
to de-liver. (Couldn’t resist, sorry.)
Dr. Arnold Plotnick is the found-
er of Manhattan Cat Specialists,
a feline-exclusive veterinary
practice on Manhattan’s upper
west side. He is also an author
of The Original CAT FANCY Cat Bible. Dr.
Plotnick is the former Ask the Veterinarian
columnist for CAT FANCY magazine, and
is a frequent contributor to feline publications and websites, including his own blog,
Cat Man Do. He lives in New York City
with his two cats, Mittens and Crispy.
What if all the domestic cats died off?
Horrible thought, isn’t it?
In his cautionary novel World Without Cats, Bonham Richards comes to grips with this very idea.
Veterinarian Vera Barnett is confronted with a devastating
feline illness that’s killing off the cats in the California town of
Camarillo. Nothing she’s tried is able to stop it. She suspects
that the illness began at the laboratory of her lover, a
molecular biologist at the nearby university. The conflict
causes a rift in their relationship. Soon cats are dying all over
the west coast and, then the entire world.
Ace CDC epidemiologist, Angelo Kraakmo finds that the
disease didn't originate in Camarillo after all. It began at a
zoo. Vera and Noah are reunited and, with the help of
Angelo, now work feverishly to find a cure. Can they save the
domestic cat from extinction?
About the Author
Bonham Richards describes himself as an unabashed
cat-lover. Before his retirement, Richards taught biology at
California State University San Bernardino and the University
of Southern California. Originally from Los Angeles, he now
resides in Camarillo, California.
World Without Cats is available in paperback, hard-bound or e-book from
You Don’t Want to Miss
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other major booksellers
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