A Close Look At Top Health Issues Faced By Cats

By | December 29, 2017

Top Health Issues Faced By Cats

As the curtain falls, the truth comes out. Yes, cats are not born with nine lives. In fact, they are like us and only get one life to live and you have to take care of your little kitty’s well being. Her well- being depends on you and her presence is what makes your complete world. Therefore, to have a close eye on her health is what makes you a complete pet parent. So, let us explore the world of cats and the top health issues they are facing.

Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats : Symptoms and Measures

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline lower urinary tract disease or FLUTD, primarily affect a cat’s bladder and urethra.  Consulting a vet timely, in such diseases is of prime importance. If timely action is not taken, it can result into urethral blockage, which can be fatal.

Symptoms Include –

  • Blood in the urine
  • Excessive licking of the genital area
  • Passing only small amount of urine
  • Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine

Measures To Look At –

  • Consulting vet at earliest
  • Proper diet
  • Appropriate water intake
  • Following vet advice strictly

Cancer in Cats : Symptoms and Measures

cancer in cats

Lymphosarcoma, caused by leukemia virus is the most common type of cancer found in cats. It is the cancer of the lymph system, thus the name lymphosarcoma. It is very dangerous to cats if not detected and treated in the earlier stages.

Symptoms Include –

  • Lumps and swelling
  • Skin infection
  • Weight loss and lethargy
  • Difficulty in breathing, urinating and defecating

Measures To Look At –

  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Immunotherapy

Infectious Disease in Cats: Symptoms and Measures

Infectious Disease

Cats are most prone to infections. Most infections are respiratory in nature. Some can be prevented by vaccinations, while others need a vet appointment.

Symptoms Include –

  • Sneezing, cough, teary eyes and fever
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Bloody diarrhea, lethargy and dehydration

Measures To Look At –

  • Proper food
  • Vaccination
  • Close look at cat’s recovery period
  • Meeting vet

Cat Heartworm Disease : Symptoms and Measures

Cat Heartworm Disease

Heartworm, as the name suggests is caused by worms, which attack your little kitty’s heart. The key factor to remember here is to consult your vet immediately, if noticed something unusual in your cat’s behavior.

Symptoms Include –

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Dullness

Measures To Look At –

  • Consulting  Vet
  • Surgery, if required
  • Routine vet check-ups

Cat Flea Infection: Symptoms and Measure

Cat Flea Infection

Fleas are blood-sucking pests, which feeds on your pet’s body. An effective flea control program involves checking indoor and outdoor flea development and making your pet’s life flea free by using flea control products.

Symptoms Include –

  • Scratching
  • Bald patches
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive Itching

Measures To Look At –

  • Flea control products meant for cats only
  • Ensuring clean indoor and outdoor environment

Kidney Disease in Cats : Symptoms and Measures

Kidney Disease in Cats

Cats do suffer from kidney problems. A kidney problem in a cat can reduce her ability to excrete waste through their urine. The primary task of a pet parent in this regard is to consult a vet and follow the program as instructed by the vet.

Symptoms Include –

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy

Measures To Look At-

  • Consulting Vet
  • Dialysis
  • Kidney Transplant, if needed

Dental Diseases in Cats : Symptoms and Measures

Dental Diseases in Cats

Dental diseases involve bad breath, change in chewing habits, difficulty in eating and if severe, swollen gums. Proper care of her oral system is the bottom line here to fight the cat dental diseases.

Symptoms Include-

  • Bad Breath
  • Change in chewing habits
  • Loose teeth
  • Swollen gums

Measures To Look At-

  • Consulting your vet
  • Brush your cat’s teeth with toothbrush meant for her
  • Use of toothpaste specifically made for cats
  • Chew toy to exercise her gums

Fractures in Cat : Symptoms and Measures

Fractures in Cat

Cats do get wounds, whether through fall from a window or while jumping. The primary task of a pet parent here is to visit veterinarian immediately.

Symptoms Include-

  • Wounds

Measures To Look At-

  • Rush to your vet

Vomiting and Diarrhea in Cats : Symptoms and Measures

Vomiting and Diarrhea in Cats

Vomiting and diarrhea are the diseases connected with the stomach. So to make sure that your cat possesses a healthy stomach, do provide her the best food.

Symptoms Include-

  • Bloody or black stools
  • Change in dietary habits

Measures To Look At-

  • Balanced Diet
  • Oral solutions to tackle dehydration
  • If situation demands, consult vet

Cat Obesity : Symptoms and Measures

Cat Obesity

Obesity now has entered into the lives of cats as well. If obesity is not checked, what followed is more serious such as diabetes, joint pain and liver problems. So, make her exercise daily to keep her fit.

Symptoms Include-

  • Overweight
  • Dullness

Measures To Look At-

  • Regular Exercise
  • Balanced and Healthy diet

While you must believe and practice the maxim that prevention is better than cure. It is advisable not to ignore any of the above symptoms if seen, in your little cat. Consult vet, if situation demands and do care of her health properly.