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Introduction to Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems of Cats

By Otto M. Radostits, CM, DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Deceased), Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan ; Max J. Appel, DMV, PhD ; David A. Ashford, DVM, MPH, DSc, International Services, APHIS, USDA ; Stephen C. Barr, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVIM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University ; J. P. Dubey, MVSc, PhD, Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, USDA ; Paul Ettestad, DVM, MS, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health ; Craig E. Greene, DVM, MS, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia ; Delores E. Hill, PhD, U.S. Department of Agriculture ; Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD ; Eugene D. Janzen, DVM, MVS, University of Calgary ; Jodie Low Choy, BVSc, BVMS, IVAS Cert, Menzies School of Health Research; University Avenue Veterinary Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia ; Dennis W. Macy, MS, DACVIM, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,Colorado State University ; Dudley L. McCaw, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal, Oncology), Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University ; Barton W. Rohrbach, VMD, MPH, DACVPM, Department of Comparative Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Tennessee ; J. Glenn Songer, PhD, University of Arizona ; Richard A. Squires, BVSc (Hons), PhD, DVR, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, GCertEd, MRCVS, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, James Cook University ; Bert E. Stromberg, PhD, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota ; Joseph Taboada, DVM, DACVIM, Office of Student and Academic Affairs, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University ; Charles O. Thoen, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University ; John F. Timoney, MVB, PhD, Dsc, MRCVS, Gluck Equine Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky ; Ian Tizard, BVMS, PhD, DACVM, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

There are many disorders that can affect multiple parts of the body. These may be caused by bacteria, viruses, poisonous or toxic substances in the environment, and other health hazards. Disorders affecting multiple body systems can also be inherited or develop while the animal is still in the womb. Diseases or conditions that involve multiple organ systems may also be described as systemic or generalized.

Many disorders are discussed in this chapter. A listing of congenital and inherited conditions is followed by a discussion of the most significant disorders, which have been arranged alphabetically by medical name to help you locate a particular disease or condition easily.