Unlike dogs, cats are pretty resistant when it comes to diseases. It’s mainly because they are not as domesticated as dogs which is just a better way to say they are not as inbred. Meaning they have a pretty good immune system. But even the healthiest breeds can become ill. As a responsible owner, you should know about certain medical issues that cats may encounter in their lifetime.
Here I’ll be discussing what to do about certain medical issues that cats may encounter.
Having fleas is very common for cats. The good thing is they are very easily treatable. Delaying in the treatment can lead to anemia. So, treatment should be provided as soon as possible.
- Excessive scratching
- Excessive licking
- Red spots on the skin
- Hair loss
- Flea dirt on fur
- Flea eggs on the fur
- Go to the vet
- Use prescribed pesticides
2. Lower Urinary Tract Infection (LUTI)
LUTI is usually a bi-product of some other pre-existing condition. It is the infection of the urethra or the bladder. It can occur due to a number of reasons. Low water intake, too much dry food, stress, obesity, etc.
- Difficulty in urination
- Crying while urinating
- Not using the litter box
- Blood in urine
- Excessive licking of the genital area
- Contact your vet immediately.
3. Vomiting and diarrhea
This is also very common for cats. If it’s just once then there is nothing to worry about. But in case of frequent vomiting and diarrhea, your cat needs to be taken to the vet.
- Frequent vomiting
- Frequent diarrhea
- Contact your vet
- Provide lots of water
- Avoid food intake for 12-24 hours
- Check the expiration date of cat food
Many owners are very fond of spoiling their cats as much as possible. On top of that domestic cats don’t get to do a lot all day. This allows the perfect environment for obesity to thrive among cats. A lot of feline diseases can be traced back to being overweight.
Keeping your cat in a good shape is extremely important for its health.
- You need to press firmly to feel your cat’s ribs or can’t feel them at all
- General laziness
- Difficulty in movement
- Increase physical activity
- Play with your cat more
- Modify diet
Tapeworms are pretty common among cats. They can make your cat uncomfortable. Worms can also cause malnutrition, diarrhea, anemia, etc. If left untreated for a long time, it can cause serious issues.
- Weight loss
- Chunks of worms in feces
- Worms can be seen around the anus (Especially when sleeping)
- Talk to your vet
- Prescribed oral or topical medication
- Injections may be required
- Flea proof your home
Now you know what to do about certain medical issues that cats may encounter. I hope this article helps you in taking care of your feline friend. Wishing you the best of luck and your cat good health.