HERE IS A SHORT LIST ON THE MOST COMMON CAT HEALTH PROBLEMS AND THERE CAUSES TO HELP YOU GIVE YOUR FELINE FRIENDS THE BEST CARE YOU CAN….AND KEEP YOU IN THE KNOW.
1. VOMITING AND DIARRHEA
Vomiting in cats can be caused by a range of things from hairballs, infection, poisons,diabetes, to items that kitties love to eat but shouldn’t like elastic hair bands and gift wrapping ribbon.
Usually there are obvious symptoms like heaving and very awful sounds….followed by a disgusting mess on the floor.
Diarrhea in cats can be caused as well from many things from parasites, liver disease, cancer, to food that’s been left out to long and has spoiled.
Symptoms includes liquid stool……..believe me you will know!!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT BOTH OF THESE IS THAT THEY CAN DEHYDRATE YOUR CAT VERY QUICKLY…SO BE ON TOP OF THE SITUATION. A BIT OF EITHER FOR A DAY OF TWO IS NOT BAD BUT OBVIOUSLY IF YOU CAT IS NOT FEELING GOOD, IS LETHARGIC AND NOT EATING….GO TO THE VET!!!!
2. FELINE LOWER URINARY TRACT DISEASES (FLUTD)
Both female and male cats can get FLUTD. Stress factors, overweight or unfit cats and cats that only eat dry foods are all at higher risk for FLUTD. There are also different types of FLUTD and the treatment will depend on this.
Straining and Crying while trying to urinate
Licking around the urinating spot…..due to pain
Blood in their urine
Loss of appetite
Urinating outside the litter box
THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE IN CATS. THERE IS NO ONE CAUSE FOR THIS ISSUE AND PREVENTING THIS CONDITION IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
ENCOURAGE WATER CONSUMPTION ( WATER BOWLS EVERYWHERE), A DRY AND WET FOOD DIET AND CONSULT WITH YOUR VET ON THE FOOD THAT IS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR CAT. ALSO, PROPER LITTER CARE WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR CAT TO GO THERE AND CAN HELP.
This is the most common external feline health problem.
Intense scratching and itching
Red lesions or Scabby bumps
Tiny black specks on your cats fur – flea dirt
Anemia…. muscle loss, pale gums and lethargy
Tiny pinhead black insects crawling within your cats fur
This is an easily preventable and curable issue. Talk to you vet about what treatment is best for you and your cat. You can get them through your vet or buy them online.
Cats are often infested with worms especially those that are rescued of the streets. There are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and occasionally heart worms that can infect our cats.
Bloated belly appearance
Lack lustre coat appearance
Worms are easily treated through medication from your vet and is usually administered in a few doses to the beautiful cats we can now rescue through cat societies in your area and some affiliated pet care stores.
5. EYE PROBLEMS
There are numerous eye problems cats can contract but if they are caught early many of these respond to treatment.
Here is a list of the top contracted eye issues-
Cataracts – look for the cloudy eye…this usually occurs in older cats
Feline Conjunctivitis – this is known as ” pink eye”… very watery eyes and a pink color is what they will look like
Feline Uveitis – this is when the colored part of the eye becomes inflamed (the area around the pupil). – Cloudiness then covers the pupil and the iris becomes red and puffy…
Glaucoma – this causes the cat’s eye fluid to until the pressure is so intense it causes damage to the retina cells…this is very painful and leads to blindness. Your cat will be very agitated and unhappy if he is experiencing the symptoms of this.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA) -This is a progressive disease that breaks down the retinal tissue and eventually causes blindness. There is no cure for PRA and is most common in purebreds but has occurred in mixed breeds occasionally.
Most of these eye problems are curable with the appropriate diagnosis and medication such as drop of oral antibiotics from the vet if caught early.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE AWARE OF YOUR CATS REGULAR HABITS AND NORMAL TEMPERAMENT. IF YOU SEE THINGS AND OR HEAR CERTAIN SOUNDS FROM YOUR CAT THAT ARE NOT NORMAL FOR THEM ….. THERE IS PROBABLY SOMETHING GOING ON THAT YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING INTO.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR FUR BABIES!