de la Houssaye Animal Hospital

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How Old Is My Pet Cat?

A common question the staff at de la Houssaye Animal Hospital receives is “How old is my pet in people years”. That is always a tough question to answer because the age of your pet in relation to “people years” may depend on the breed, condition, or species of your pet. To make it easy, […]


Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii. Domestic and wild cats are the primary reservoir of infection. Consumption of uncooked meat can be a serious means of infection or transmission. Congenital infection is a common concern of pregnant women who own cats and who do not understand or know the facts about this […]

Feline Leukemia

This disease is primarily transmitted in the saliva of cats. This virus is not stable when outside of the cat so it can only last for a short time outside the body. Direct contact is needed for transmission. Signs of infection are weakness, anemia, weight loss, loss of appetite, tumors, kidney disease, liver disease to […]

Infectious Peritonitis

Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a viral disease that is almost always fatal. This is a disease that only affects cats. The problems seen with this disease are found usually in cats that live in a multicat environment. FIP is more frequently a problem in cats that are in crowded surroundings where stress and secondary infections […]

Immunodeficiency Virus

Feline Immunodeficiency virus is related to the HIV virus. It is strictly a cat disease. It cannot survive outside of the cat. This virus can be killed easily with household products like bleach. It is transmitted by close contact between cats. It can be found in blood, saliva and cerebrospinal fluid. Infection can be spread […]


Feline hyperthyroidism is a condition that usually affects older cats between the ages of 4 to 22 yrs. This condition is predominantly a condition that affects cats. Dogs that are affected is a rare occurrence. This condition is one in which there is an abnormally large amount of thyroid hormone being produced by the thyroid […]

Urologic Syndrome

Feline urologic syndrome, also known as “blocked cat” is a condition of cats in which crystals are formed in the bladder. This crystals tend to clump together in the bladder to form bladder stones and/or a worse condition in which these crystals clump together in the penile urethra of male cats causing a “plug” which […]

Heartworm Facts

Cats have become increasingly diagnosed with heartworms. This disease is still primarily a canine disease but if prevention with cats is not started in a timely manner, it could become just as serious a disease. Cats don’t always get as sick as dogs do, but if they do, treatment can often be difficult if not […]

Declawing Program

We would be happy to discuss this procedure with you at your convenience.


A female cat should be healthy before breeding and should be at least 2 years of age. At least one heat cycle should pass before breeding. It is recommended that the female and the male cat be free from parasites and properly vaccinated before breeding. If the cats in question have hereditary traits that are […]