Cats are known to have nine lives. However, it turns out that this is just a myth among them. But it is true that cats are good at self-maintenance.
In spite of this fact about them, even a fastidious can’t prevent some common health problems. So as a cat parent, keep in mind that you are the one responsible for them.
Your kitty might look like self-sufficient, but she depends on your regular check-ups. Because just like a human, cats have their fair share of sniffles, tummy aches, and injuries. That is why it is important to recognize early symptoms of common illnesses so you can seek veterinary help immediately.
Here you can match your cat’s indications with a common illness and discover how to care for your kitten when she is ill.
1. Vomiting and Diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea have been one of the common health problems among cats. This kind of diseases may range from different causes.
In an instance, cats hunting and eating a different kind of things may upset their stomach.
- Abdominal Heaving
Vomiting and diarrhea are usual things among cats. However, keep in mind that vomiting can quickly leave your cat dehydrated. So make sure to offer water but not too much. If vomit and diarrhea didn’t stop, contact your vet immediately.
2. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
FLUTD is the term that refers to infections that cause problems with your cats’ urinary tract (UT). Some say that only 3% of cats are suffering from FLUTD. However, it is something that you have to be aware.
It has many causes, wherein it often occurs in cats that are overweight or unfit or who eat dry food. Both male and female can suffer from this health problem. But sometimes, it is difficult to identify the symptoms of FLUTD.
- Blood in the urine
- Painful urination
- Frequent Urination
- Unusual Urination
- Overgrooming in their genital area due to soreness and irritation of the urethra
- Inability to urinate
If symptoms persist, call an immediate vet to look after your cat. It’s always an emergency if your cat is suffering from this illness.
4. Eye Problems
Eye problem is common among cats. This eye problem can be a result of different causes such as retinal diseases, watery eyes, bulging eye, trauma, viruses, and inflammation.
Unless you know what’s causing your cat’s eye dilemmas, there isn’t enough you can make other than ask your vet.
- Watering/streaming eyes
- Closed or partially closed eyes
Eye problems should be considered an emergency so make an appointment immediately. Treatment can vary depending on the cause of the eye infection. Hence, it is your responsibility to monitor your overall cat’s health.
5. Kidney Disease
If you have an older cat, they are most likely prone to this kind of health problem. It is because of older felines urine less compared to kittens. The downside is if kidney disease not treated early, kidney disease can be fatal.
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Change in water consumption
- Pain when you touch their kidney area
- Straining to urinate
- Pain when urinating
- Urinating in unusual places
- Urinating with blood
If you notice that your cat is suffering from this illness, call your vet. Kidney disease can be fatal but once treated early enough your cat can fully recover.
Know more about your cat. In this way, you will help them to live longer and happier.