ViviPet | 5 Common Health Issues in Cats

ViviPet | 5 Common Health Issues in Cats

ViviPet | 5 Common Health Issues in Cats

As a cat owner, you want to protect your cat and keep her healthy. While we can’t always prevent our cats from getting sick, it can help to know about the most common and serious illnesses they can contract. Knowing the symptoms can let you know when to worry and when to make an appointment with the vet.


The most common illnesses our cats can suffer from include:


  • Urinary Tract Problems

Our cats tend to face more acute urinary tract problems than other animals. This is because they’re prone to dehydration since they have low thirst drives. Kidney, bladder, and other urinary stones are common urinary issues. Cats can also develop urinary tract infections. Both can cause your cat discomfort, but urinary stones can be fatal to male cats.


❣️When Should You Worry?❣️

If you notice that your cat goes to the litter box frequently, and when she does go, she only produces a small amount of urine, this may be a sign that she’s training to go. Another clue is if your kitty misses the box or cries out while going.

Blood in your cat’s urine is a sure sign that something is wrong. Blood can indicate an infection or bladder stone.

If you notice your cat straining to go or blood in her urine, bring her to your vet. The vet can test her urine for bacteria or signs of stone then write a prescription or schedule surgery.


💚What Can You Do to Prevent Your Cat from Developing Urinary Problems?💚

You can switch your cat to a urinary tract food, feed her a wet-food diet, and encourage her to drink more water with a kitty fountain.

 ViviPet | 5 Common Health Issues in Cats


  • “C” Is for Cat, Not Cancer

Cancer can be the most frightening thing for a cat parent to think about. Unfortunately, it can happen to any cat. Luckily, veterinary science is constantly improving to help our kitties survive the dreaded C-word.

Cats can develop a variety of types of cancer. Some types concentrate in one area while others spread through the body. It’s more common for older cats to develop cancer than younger ones, and early diagnosis can increase your cat’s chances of survival. Cats can suffer from skin cancer, breast cancer, lymphosarcoma, squamous carcinoma, FeIV, and feline leukemia.


❣️When Should You Worry?❣️

Symptoms that may indicate a need for testing include

  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Sores
  • Skin infections
  • Lethargy
  • Sudden and rapid weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden lameness or trouble walking

If you notice any of these symptoms, bring your cat to the vet. Your vet will likely test your cat for cancer in order to decide on a plan for treatment. Sadly, some forms of cancer have no viable treatments or low survival rates.


  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

 Feline Leukemia is one of the most common causes of death in pet cats. Unlike cancers humans get, FeLV is contagious. Cats can contract FeLV from drinking after an infected cat or sharing a litter box. Kittens can even get it from their moms. There is no cure for FeLV.


❣️When Should You Worry?❣️

  • Signs of FeLV include
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sudden or rapid weight loss
  • Fever
  • Sores
  • Upper respiratory infections (drippy eyes or nose)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures

If your vet diagnoses your cat with FeLV, they will ikley receommend a healthy diet and somme TLC. They will have to stay indoors.


  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Like FeLV, feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV is transmitted from one cat to another cat. Inlike FeLV, cats spread FIV through deep bite wounds. This can either be from fighting or from a momma cat disciplining her kittens. FIV causes a cat’s immune system to not work as well, making the cat more susceptible to other illnesses.


❣️When Should You Worry?❣️

The first signs of FIV include

  • Sneezing and eye discharge
  • Mouth sores and dental problems
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased urination


💚What Can You Do?💚

If you suspect your cat is sick, bring her to the vet. If your cat tests positive for FIV, your vet will likely prescribe medication, including anti-inflammatory drugs, parasite control, immune-enhancing drugs, and diet and fluids.  If kept indoors, a cat with FIV can happily and comfortably live for several months or even years.


ViviPet | 5 Common Health Issues in Cats


  • Parasites: Worms, Fleas, and Ticks

We naturally hate parasites. Unfortunately, parasites naturally enjoy trying to prey on our precious cats.

Cats can be infected by fleas, ticks, heartworm, tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms. Some of these are external and others are internal. All of them are harmful, though. Ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain tick fever. Heartworms, which are spread by mosquitos, can cause heart failure. Intestinal worms like tapeworms can slowly rob your cat of nutrients, slowly starving her to death.


❣️When Should You Worry?❣️

Always check your cat’s coat for signs of fleas or rashes. If your cat scratches excessively, bring her to the vet for diagnosis. If you ever notice small white dots in your cat’s poop, she may have worms. This also requires a trip to the vet.


💚What Can You Do?💚

Keeping your cat on parasite prevention is the best way to protect her. Your vet can prescribe a heartworm preventative that will also prevent internal parasites like hookworms. There is also a wide range of flea and tick preventions that will keep bugs from bugging your kitty.


Our cats deserve long, happy lives. As a cat parent, we know you want to know as much as you can in order to protect your cat’s health. While not all common health concerns are preventable, it’s important to know the difference. Here’s to your cat’s health!

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