As a cat lover, you have a close and wonderful relationship with your pet. Cats can be warm, lovable and funny. They can greatly enrich the quality of life of its owner. However, cats, like all livings things can become sick sometimes. If the owner is not alerted to the problem, a simple problem can become a catastrophe. Here are some common signs to look for to determine if your cat is sick.
Scientists can’t agree on why cats eat grass. Also, cats are carnivores not herbivores, so, they do not have the enzymes needed to digest grass.
As a cat parent, you should be aware of the common diseases that can affect your little bundle of fur. You should be familar with the symptoms, and preventive measures you can take to keep your cat safe. These diseases can range from kitty’s cold to some potential fatal disorders.
Obesity in cats can cause a variety of disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and bone and joint problems. The most common cause of obesity in cats is over feeding, feeding the wrong type of foods, and lack of exercise.
Research suggests that more than 50% of all cats will have some dental issues in their lifetime and 50% of these will have to have teeth removed. This makes dental diseases the number one disease affecting cats.
While the jury is still out as to the cause of pancreatitis, this ailment has been associated with cat poisoning, parasitic infections, and even physical trauma like a car accident. Cats with pancreatitis often suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and Fatty Liver Disease as well.
Cat parasites harm your kitty in various ways. Parasites can decrease your cat’s blood volume causing anemia.
In addition to the more common tapeworms, and feline roundworms, there are other internal worms such as stomach worms, hookworms, and whipworms.
External cat parasites include fleas, ticks, Ear Mites, and lice.
This affliction is more common in male cats but can occur in females as well. If your cat is having difficulty passing urine for more than 24 hours he may have a lower urinary tract infection. Lower urinary tract infection is so dangerous it may require trip to the emergency room.
Diabetes in cats is a complex disease caused by either a lack of the hormone insulin, or an inadequate response to insulin. After a cat eats, her digestive system breaks food into various components, including glucose. The glucose is carried into her cells by insulin.
Cancer is a disease in which cells grow uncontrollably, destroying surrounding tissue. Sometimes. it may spread to other areas of the body. The disease can be localized (confined to one area, like a tumor) or generalized (spread throughout the body).
Cats infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. Although the virus is slow-acting, a cat’s immune system is severely weakened once the disease takes hold. This makes the cat susceptible to various secondary infections.
Feline leukemia virus is a highly transmittable RNA retrovirus that can severely inhibit a cat’s immune system. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of disease and death in domestic cats.
Rabies is a viral disease that primarially affects carnivores, but can also affect mammals, including people. The rabies virus is spread through the saliva of an infected animals through bites or scratches. It adversely affects the central nervous system.
Many illnesses that affect your cat may be preventable. Be sure to make annual visits to your veterinarian. Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced diet to maintain their weight. And, maintain an easily accessible and clean litter box for your feline darling.