Common Cat Health Issues

When it comes to your cat’s health, there are instances where you must be wary of the common issues that can fester disease. Your sweet feline may be a great self-maintaining creature, however their hours spent playing outdoors may bring back diseases unknown to you.

 

The Perils of Feline Urinary Tract Disease

This disease can occur between both male and female cats. Those who are overweight or prone to eating dry food are more likely to have this infection. If you subject your furry little one to immense stress by having them live in multiple households this can also hurt their urinary tract. As a kitty owner, you may notice a few obvious symptoms to this problem:

  • Sadness or depression
  • Urination in abnormal areas of the house
  • A lessening desire to hydrate
  • Extensive crying while trying to go to the bathroom
  • Splotchy or bloody urine (check the kitty litter)
  • Continued vomiting

Dangerous Fleas

Most cat owners are aware of the danger of fleas, especially if your cat is out in the forest for a long period of time. Thankfully this issue resides firmly on the outside of the feline. However, be aware that any single flea can live on for over a year, which could potentially cause anemia in your feline if the problem is not quickly treated. Not to mention that fleas can fornicate and create more fleas, enlarging the issue as a whole!

The symptoms include:

  • An evident skin infection
  • Excessive shedding
  • Small black dots that are imposed on the skin–the fleas themselves
  • Extreme scratching or licking due to the itchiness

Tapeworms in the Intestine

This internal issue is one of the top diseases amongst cats. Tapeworms live in your cat’s small intestine and can grow very long–sometimes even up to two feet–yet are not often seen at this length since the tapeworms will break off internally. You need to pay attention to your feline’s feces, in which any small white segments or sesame-looking items in the feces demonstrate the propensity for tapeworms. Other ways you can tell are through unprecedented weight loss and vomiting. This may be linked to the fleas situation, where even the frequent licking due to irritation can cause the cat to accidentally inject a flea and undergo such intestinal issues.

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