Common Health Problems Of Cats
All cats are prone to health problems, regardless of the breed or age. Cat owners should know it is not uncommon for your cat to have health problems. While some of these diseases can easily be prevented, others are hereditary.
Worms are a very common and recurring problem that can be noticed in all breeds of cats. Of all the worms that affect cats, tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms are the most common. While worms can be treated with medicine, if left untreated, they can be fatal, thus you should visit a vet if your cat has specs in his stool, problems with fleas or problems gaining weight.
Another common health problem in cats is hairballs. This is mainly caused by the loose hair cats swallow in the process of grooming themselves. Normally, the hair should pass out in the cats stool but sometimes, they gather into a ball and lodge in the digestive tract of the cat. Cats usually get rid of hairballs by coughing them up, which is rather disgusting sometimes.
Blockages happen when hairballs enter the cat’s intestines. Cats with blockages need immediate medical attention because blockages can be very life threatening. Signs that your cat may have a blockage and requires the immediate attention of a vet include poor feeding habits, dull fur coat or constipation. Hairballs can be prevented by feeding your cat food designed to prevent hairballs and also, removing loose hair by brushing your cat 2-3 times a week.
Urinary tract infection
This is another common health problem cats face especially male cats which have not been neutered. Female cats are not exempted though. The most common sign of this disease is that the cat suddenly stops using his litter box or his urine has a very strong smell. In such a case, take your cat to the vet for treatment and advice on how to prevent recurrence of this disease.
Feline leukemia was one of the most deadly diseases and was mostly responsible for death of cats. Nowadays, though, there are vaccines that are remedy for it. Giving your cat a shot before he becomes exposed to infection protects him from getting infected. Cats exposed to feline leukemia have a shorter life span even if they do not die immediately. The virus is very contagious, so if your cat is suffering from feline disorder, keep him away from other cats.
Regular checkups with the vet can further protect your cat’s health. Your cat will have a long, productive and healthy life if he takes all his vaccinations, though in truth, you can’t avoid all health problems. Keeping your cat indoors will also protect him from a number of health risks. Outdoor cats however need more visits to the vets to stay healthy. If you want to have your cat as a companion for long, make his health top priority and like Cinderella, you just might get your wish.