Monday, June 26, 2017

Common Cat Ailments

No matter how well you take care of your cat, they can become ill.  Every cat owner knows how it feels to see their beloved feline under the weather.  Some ailments can be treated fairly easily.  Here are a few of the most ailments and some basic treatments.

  • Fleas-probably the most common illness in cats as well as dogs.  Symptoms include itching, hair loss, irritated red skin, hot spots and frequent licking.  There are several treatment options including powders, foams, oral medications and topical treatments.
  • Vomiting-very common in cats due to many reasons.  One of the biggest reasons is from hairballs.  Their stomach can't digest the fur they take in while cleaning themselves so their body rejects it by vomiting.  Other reasons can include ingesting something poisonous or inedible - like string, diabetes, an infection or urinary tract disease. Consult your vet for treatment options if it doesn't subside within 12-24 hours.  Be sure to leave fresh water out to help prevent dehydration.
  • Tapeworms-these are caused by ingesting a flea.  Tapeworms are typically segmented and will be expelled in sections in the feces.  Vomiting and weight loss are common symptoms but many times it is hard to tell if your cat in infected.  Treatments can be taken orally, by injection as well as topically.
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease-this is common in both male and female cats that are over weight and malnourished.  Contributing factors can be a change in lifestyle, other cats in the home and stress.  Symptoms include bloody urine, straining to urinate, lack of appetite, crying during urination, dehydration, and vomiting. Consult your vet for the best treatment for your cats condition.
  • Eye Problems-there are multiple causes for eye problems including conjunctivitis, glaucoma, trauma, virus, cataracts, and retinal disease.  Common symptoms include watering, squinting, cloudiness, tear stained fur around the eye, build up in the corner of the eye and pawing or rubbing at their eyes.  Antibiotic eyes are commonly used as treatment but consult you vet to diagnose the exact cause and treatment options. 
As a responsible pet owner, seek out the advice of your vet as soon as you detect any concerns. Diagnosis of your cats illness is key to the best treatment.  Your vet will discuss all the treatment options available for your cat.  Follow all the vet instructions to bring your them back to their best health. 

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