Problem-Based Feline Medicine

Problem-Based Feline Medicine

Edited by Jacquie Rand, BVSc, DVSc, Dip ACVIM, School of Veterinary Science and Animal Production, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

1. How to make a problem-based diagnosis

Upper Respiratory Tract

2. The cat with acute sneezing or nasal discharge
3. The cat with chronic nasal discharge
4. The cat with stridor

Lower Respiratory Tract

5. The dyspneic or tachypneic cat
6. The cat with hydrothorax
7. The coughing cat
8. The cyanotic cat


9. The cat with abnormal heart sounds
10. The cat with tachycardia, bradycardia ot an irregular rhythm
11. The cat with and enlarged heart

Urinary Tract

12. The cat straining to urinate
13. The incontinent cat
14. The cat with discoloured urine
15. The cat with inappropriate urination
16. The cat with polyuria or polydipsia

Acute Illness

17. The cat with acute depression, anorexia or dehydration

Weight Loss or Chronic Illness

18. The cat with weight loss or chronic illness
19. The thin, inappetent cat

Miscellaneous Problems

20. The pyrexic cat
21. The cat with enlarged lymph nodes
22. The yellow cat or cat with increased liver enzymes
23. The cat with abdominal distension or abdominal fluid
24. The bleeding cat

Abnormal Laboratory Data

25. The anaemic cat
26. The polycythemic cat
27. The cat with electrolyte or acid-base problems
28. The cat with hyperlipidemia

Gastrointestinal Tract

29. The salivating cat
30. The cat with bad breath or oral lesions
31. The regurgitating cat
32. The cat with acute vomiting
33. The cat with chronic vomiting
34. The cat with acute diarrhea
35. The cat with chronic small bowel diarrhea
36. The cat with chronic large bowel diarrhea
37. The constipated or straining cat


38. The cat with seizures, circling and/or changed behaviour
39. The cat with stupor or coma
40. The cat with a head tilt or nystagmus
41. The cat with a tremor or twitching
42. The cat with anisicoria or abnormally dilated or constricted pupils
43. The cat with ventroflexion of the neck

Abnormal Gait

44. The weak and ataxic cat or paralysed cat
45. The hypermetric and ataxic cat without weakness
46. The cat with generalised weakness
47. The lame cat

Behavioural Problems

48. The aggressive cat
49. The cat with anxiety-related behaviour problems

Skin Problems

50. The cat with miliary dermatitis or pruritis
51. The cat with alopecia
52. The cat with skin lumps or bumps
53. The cat with non-healig lesions
54. The cat with paw or pad problems

Reproductive and Neonatal

55. The fading kitten / neonate
56. The infertile Queen
57. The cat with vaginal discharge


58. The blind cat or cat with retinal lesions
59. The cat with a red globe
60. The cat with ocular discharge or changed conjunctival appearance
61. The cat with abnormalities confined to the cornea
62. The cat with a cloudy eye
63. The cat with an abnormal pupil size or pupil response
64. The cat with changed iris appearance
65. The cat with abnormal globe position or size
66. The cat with changed eyelid appearance
67. The cat with an abnormal third eyelid


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