Common Cat Health Problems

 

We all know that it’s possible for our beloved cat friends to become ill, but it’s much less likely if our cat is cared for in a healthy environment, kept indoors and given the proper diet and fresh water.

Here are some things to look out for in order to keep your cat or kitten healthy.

 

Your cat's health can be affected by many environmental factors which can create pain for the cat, introduce intestinal parasites, create skin problems, or ear infections.

 

Older cats can develop arthritis, cataracts, or become overweight, and these can cause a whole new set of health problems.

 

Cats can suffer from many similar debilitating illnesses such as feline urological syndrome, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, feline leukemia, heart disease and cat flu. Some of these illnesses have the same name as those seen in humans, but differ slightly in the way they affect your cat.

 

Below I have listed some things to look out for and to work out if your cat maybe ill as well as things you can do to prevent illness:

 

Allergies

Cats can develop spring allergies just like human's do when the weather changes or they are spending more time outside.

Flowers and plants that are blooming can quite often give cats that are sensitive to them, symptoms such as itchy skin, eye irritation. If you notice these symptoms keep them indoors until it settles and if symptoms persist take them to a vet for treatment

 

If not treated for these allergies will cause your cat to lick or scratch their skin and create sores that can become infected and painful.

 

Worms & Parasites

There are four major groups of worms or parasites that love to make their home in your cat's body. These are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It is highly advisable to worm your cat with a worming tablet such as Drontil every 3 months or a external application such as Revolution or Profender every month.

 

Fleas

Fleas not only cause itching they can carry tapeworms, which can further harm your cat's health. Fleas can easily be prevented and treated by asking your vet for help with products that rid your cat of fleas or prevent them from getting to your cat. Many of the external worming applications can also prevent fleas and mites as well. Check the instuctions etc on the pack.

 

Arthritis

Signs of arthritis in an older cat may be difficult to spot at first. You may start to notice they are not jumping as high as they normally do or hesitating for much longer before jumping. Your cat may also start to nip you when you go to touch her out of fear of pain.
A cat's joints can become inflamed when they have arthritis, which can be a very painful condition for your cat. If you suspect that your cat is moving much slower than usual or you think they are a bit stiff or in pain get them checked out and your vet can get to the cause and prescribe some arthritis medication.

 

Cataracts

A cataract is a disruption in the normal arrangement of the lens fibers that can then interfere with the sight partially or completely by blocking the ability of the lens of the eye to see clearly. Cataracts can affect all breeds of cats and can be hereditary or just from old age. Your cat’s eyes will naturally change color to a blue-gray as they get older. Cataracts can also be caused by injury to the eye or as a result of diabetes.

 

Kidney Problems

Male cats are prone to urethral obstruction because the male's urethra is longer and narrower than a female cat's and plugs can form in the urethral by the formation of mineral crystals or stones that block the urethral and can be very painful and if not treated can cause kidney damage. Death from this condition is painful.

 

Overweight Cat

An overweight cat can be susceptible to all sorts of disorders including respiratory problems, heart problems, diabetes, skeletal stress and gastrointestinal disorders. If your cat is overweight make sure you reduce its intake of foods that are not suitable in a cats diet such as human treats, dry kibble etc. Feed them regularly but smaller amounts.

 

Diabetes in Cats

Symptoms to look for regarding diabetes in your cat would be: increased water usage, frequent urination, and also weight loss despite eating a lot. There are two types of diabetes in cats, type I and type II. Type I is preventable and type II is commonly seen in older, obese cats.

 

If you recognise any of these situations or symptoms in your cat, take him/her to a vet for an examination and diagnosis so that treatment can be started quickly.

 

Your cats good health depends on you.

 

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