18 Feb 5 Common Cat Health Problems You Should Know
Your cat is your furry little pal, and you don’t want anything to happen to her. But just like a dog or human, your cat needs proactive health care to live a long and happy life. These five common cat health problems can be prevented, identified early, and resolved so that your cat never has to use one of her nine lives.
Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Known as FLUTD, or feline lower urinary tract disease, this broad health issue can impact your cat’s bladder and urethra in a number of ways. Common signs include painful urination, more frequent urination, blood in the urine, over grooming around the perineum, and inability to urinate. If the issue is found to be bacterial, then an antibiotic can solve the problem. If it’s stones, your cat may need surgery to remove them. FLUTD problems can often be avoided in the first place by ensuring that your cat drinks enough water, eats wet food, and exercises enough.
Cats tend to attract respiratory infections that present themselves with signs like runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing, coughing, and mouth sores. The infection can last up to three weeks, but if it’s viral then there’s no immediate cure. However, many such infections can be prevented with vaccinations. Be sure to contact your vet for more information.
Tapeworms live inside of a cat’s small intestine and can grow as long as two feet. As crazy as it sounds, it’s very common. Since the symptoms of weight loss and vomiting are subtle, you need to pay close attention. You can also check your cat’s feces for small white worms that look like grains of rice, which are immediate indications of tapeworms. Treatment options range from injections to oral or topical medications.
The tapeworms above are usually a result of your cat swallowing a flea, so this health issue must be attended to as well. Fleas are an extremely common problem, but they are also easily prevented and treated. Signs of fleas include tiny black dots on your cat’s skin, constant scratching, and frequent licking. There are a variety of flea prevention and treatment tools available, like medications, powders, and topical applications.
Dental disease in cats can be a major issue that causes bad breath, trouble eating, and health problems down the road. Signs include discolored and swollen gums, loose teeth, and constant pawing at the mouth. While regular brushing can prevent this issue, any suspected problem is reason enough to head to the veterinarian.
Not sure what might be bothering you cat? Give Seven Oaks Pet Hospital a call to set up an appointment. We’ll make sure your pal is feeling better in no time.