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Weekly Pet Quiz: Twitchy Cat Syndrome, Thunder Phobia and Feline Hyperthyroidism

1 What condition is known as "twitchy cat syndrome"?

  • Anemia
  • Hyperesthesia

    A very unusual thing about cats is their tendency to develop a rather strange, bizarre disorder called hyperesthesia, which means abnormally increased sensitivity of the skin. Other medical names for the condition are neuritis and atypical neurodermatitis; in layman's terms, it's often called rippling or rolling skin syndrome, or twitchy cat syndrome. Learn more.

  • Hernia
  • Myoclonus

2 What is feline hyperthyroidism usually caused by?

  • Obesity
  • Blood clots
  • A species appropriate diet
  • A tumor in the base of the throat

    Hyperthyroidism is usually caused by a benign (or rarely, cancerous) tumor that develops on the thyroid gland, which is a small butterfly-shaped organ at the base of the throat. When the gland overproduces thyroid hormone, the result is the condition known as hyperthyroidism. Learn more.

3 When wanting to bring a second dog into your single dog home, what is one consideration before doing so?

  • It might be better to buy than adopt because I don't know what the dog's been through
  • My current dog does not show any interest, so I might want to opt out of getting a second dog

    Obviously, if your dog clearly enjoys being with others of his kind, you're way ahead of the game. Conversely, if he seems fearful of other dogs, or growls or is aggressive to them, it could be a problem. There are also pups who are so bonded with their humans they have no real interest in other dogs, and tend to develop major jealousy issues when forced to share their owner's attention and affection. Learn more.

  • It doesn't matter what breed either of the dogs are
  • I don't have to consider anything

4 What is the name of the long-legged, deep-chested, slim-waisted, elegant breed we featured last week?

  • Chinese Crested
  • Affenpinscher
  • Afghan Hound
  • Azawakh

    The demeanor of this leggy sighthound may be described as shy and maybe even nervous, but the Azawakh breed is famous for demonstrating affectionate reserve as well as stoic protectiveness over forever family members. Learn more.

5 Which of the following is not a recommended step for helping a thunder-phobic dog?

  • Create a safe spot
  • Consider behavioral interventions
  • Use natural anti-anxiety, calming remedies
  • Give your pet sleeping aid to get through a storm

    Warmer weather is on the way, and depending on where you live, the spring and summer months bring thunderstorms. If your dog has a storm-related phobia, now is the time to prepare to help her better tolerate the wind, rain, lightning and claps of thunder by creating a safe spot for them. Sedatives can make anxiety worse because animals still feel the panic but are unable to have normal reflexes due to being drugged. Learn more.

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