Top 10 Health Problems in Cats:
Lower Urinary Tract Problems
Urinary tract problems in cats can be fatal if the urethra becomes blocked; therefore, itís important to identify urinary tract infections and other problems early so that they can be treated or prevented before seriously
harming your cat.
Vomiting in cats usually occurs when the cat has swallowed something that irritates the stomach. Other contributing factors include eating rapidly or in excess and certain illnesses. Itís important to make sure sick cats stay hydrated, as persistent vomiting results in a large loss of bodily fluids.
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Chronic Renal Failure
Chronic renal failure in cats can be
caused by a bladder infection that develops into kidney disease. This type of infection is usually bacterial in nature and causes bloody elimination, vomiting, and loss of appetite. It's important to treat quickly, as it can pose a risk to your catís life.
Additional Resource: Chronic Renal Failure
This glandular disorder is most frequently caused by a hormonal imbalance in the bloodstream. It can cause weight loss in spite of increased appetence, hyperactivity, and increased urination. Other symptoms include increased shedding and panting. Older cats are at a greater risk and exposure to cigarette smoke can be a contributing factor.
Diabetes mellitus develops because of
a lack of insulin production. Cats suffering from excessive thirst, vomiting, decreased appetence, dehydration, abnormal breathing, and weight loss may be diabetic. If your cat exhibits these symptoms, visit a veterinarian for further counsel.
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Often a change in diet can cause a cat
to have diarrhea. If diarrhea is persistent,
a veterinarian should be
called and the cat
should be examined more closely, as it can
be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Diarrhea can also cause dehydration.
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Allergies affect a cat's immune
system by causing hypersensitivity
to substances in their environment.
Coughing and sneezing are two of the most frequent symptoms of an allergic reaction. There are many treatments available to combat these and other symptoms.
Diet is a major contributing factor to dental disease in cats. Domestic cats no longer keep up the practice of eating hair and feathers, believed to be a mechanism for dental care prior to domestication. As such, itís important to provide proper dental care for your cat to prevent dental disease.
Additional Resource: Feline Dental Disease
Most ear infections are caused by ear mites-
but other cases require a unique
treatment. Talk to your veterinarian if
your cat exhibits black or yellow
discharge from the ear, red and swollen
ear flaps or canals, waxy buildup, strong
odor, loss of balance, and hearing loss.
Eye infections are extremely common in
cats and can be symptomatic of more
serious conditions, including feline leukemia,
FIV, toxoplasmosis, and roundworm
infestations. You can identify infections by inflammation of the inner eye, redness in
the eyes, yellow discharge, and protruding eyelids.