Cat Ailments To Look For

cat ailmentsCat ailments are common, because cats are no different than any other living animal or human, they do get sick and have disease.

No matter what breed of cat you own, health problems are to be expected. Some may be hereditary, while others can easily be prevented.

An animal that has been lost or abandoned could easily develop –Feline Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Disease).

Cats that have gone even 48 hours without food, can develop this often fatal, serious Liver disease. Overweight cats have a greater chance.

Cats are chronically dehydrated by nature so Cat Kidney Disease (CKD) should be no surprise as being one of the leading causes of mortality in cats.

Kidney failure in cats is common in stray cats that are subject to low water intake as well as low nutrient intake.

There Are Many Cat Ailments

Worms in Cats are a very common and recurring problem. Tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms are among the most common that infect cats. Cats who have problems gaining weight, problems with fleas, or if you find white specks in his stool, you should have your vet test him for worms. Although they can be treated with medicine, worms can prove to be fatal if they are left untreated.

Cat Hairballs are the most common cat health problem.  All cats groom themselves on a daily basis, normally swallowing the loose hair that comes from their coats. On occasion, this loose hair will gather into a ball and become lodged in the digestive tract instead of passing through in your cat’s stool. When your cat starts to cough and hack, he is normally coughing up a hairball. Although it can be rather disgusting in the end, most cats can dislodge hairballs without any problems.

In rare cases, a hairball can pass through to a cat’s intestine, creating a blockage. Blockages are very serious problems, and can be life threatening if they aren’t treated. If your cat becomes constipated – isn’t eating properly – or has a very dull coat, he could have a blockage. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take him to the vet immediately. You can prevent hairballs and blockages by brushing your cat 2 – 3  times a week to remove loose hair. You can also feed him food that is designed to control hairballs as well.

Cat Urinary Tract Infection is also a common cat health problem. Urinary tract infection is more common with male cats that haven’t been neutered, although females can suffer from this problem as well. When a cat suddenly stops going to his litter box, this problem is normally the cause. Another symptom is when the cat’s urine starts to smell really strong. If you suspect that your cat has a urinary tract infection, you should take him to the vet. Your vet can treat the problem with medicine, and make recommendations to help avoid this problem in the future.

In the past,  Feline Leukemia  was the biggest cause of death in cats. These days however, there are many health questions about vaccines available that can treat the disease.

To treat the disease, your cat will need to be given the shot before he or she is exposed. Even though death doesn’t happen immediately, cats that are exposed to feline leukemia normally don’t have a long life span. If you know your cat has feline leukemia, you should never allow other cats around him, as the virus is highly contagious.

Keeping your cat indoors will protect him from a majority of cat health problems. Make sure that you take him to the vet for his regular check ups.

If you keep him feed properly and keep his litter box clean, he should lead a healthy and productive life. Although some cat health problems can’t be avoided, most of them can. If you watch for signs of cat ailments and care for your cat he will be your companion for many years to come.