The Most Common Health Problems for Cats

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The Most Common Health Problems for Cats
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The Most Common Health Problems for Cats
Your furry feline friend is a wonderful companion
for you. They cheer you up with their cute antics
and curl up on your lap and purr on a chilly winter's
night. It is important to care for the health of your
feline friend, because they are not able to tell you
about their health problems or book a trip to the vet
themselves.
The most important parts of keeping your pet
healthy are prevention and early detection. This is
why you need to be aware of the most common
ailments and symptoms that your cat is susceptible
to, so that you can spot serious health problems
before they become life threatening.
So what are the most common health problems in
cats?
Skin Problems
This is one of the top most common cat health
problems and many cats suffer from flaking skin, dry
skin, redness, blisters, pimples, scabs or a foul odour
to their skin. If you notice any of these issues while
grooming your cat, or notice that they are biting and
scratching themselves more than usual - it is
important to take your cat to the vet for treatment.
Parasites
Another common problem in cats is parasites such
as fleas and ticks. Ticks are dangerous because they
can transit Lyme disease and fleas are also serious
because they can result in tapeworms. Also,
parasites can cause anaemia, especially in kittens or
elderly cats. Luckily, fleas and ticks are easily
prevented. Cats should be kept indoors, flea and tick
treatment should be applied regularly, the cat's
bedding should be washed every week and carpets
and furniture should be treated with flea killer.
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The Most Common Health Problems for Cats
Hyperthyroidism
When the thyroid gland begins to overproduce
thyroid hormone, this can cause unexplained weight
loss, increase thirst, increased appetite, increase
urine, weakness, lethargy and a dull looking coat.
This disease can be very serious and can damage the
heart and organs, so take your cat to the vet as soon
as possible when you see these symptoms. With the
right treatment, there is a good chance that your cat
can recover.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases
This refers to a number of diseases that affect the
feline bladder, including urinary stones, Feline
Idiopathic Cystitis and urethral obstruction. If your
cat exhibits signs of have pain while urinating,
urinating frequently or passing blood in their urine -
or if they lick their genital excessively or urinate
outside of the litter box - they might be suffering
from one of these conditions. If these symptoms are
observed, the problem could be life threatening so
see your vet immediately. Provide a fresh clean
water supply to help keep your cat hydrated and
prevent this.
Obesity
If your cat has a sedentary lifestyle and food
available to it 24/7, it is likely to be obese - which
makes it more at risk for developing diabetes, skin
conditions and liver disease. Give your cat a food
that is high in protein and low in carbs and only feed
them once in the morning and at night, rather than
leaving a 24 hour buffet open. If your cat is obese,
talk to your vet about a weight-loss program.
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The Most Common Health Problems for Cats
Beeston Animal Health,
Unit 12, Portal Business Park,
Easton Lane,
Tarporley, Cheshire,
CW6 9DL
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 01829 734 980
Fax:01829 261 181
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