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The 6 most common cat health problems

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The 6 most common cat health problems

Cats are good at keeping fit. But even your unique cat can get one of the common problems listed below.

1. Vomiting

Vomiting is a very common problem in cats for many reasons. They include:
from eating something poisonous or inedible (e.g. String), infection, urinary tract disease or diabetes to crying.

Symptoms are usually obvious and include drooling and stomach wave. Vomiting can quickly leave the cat dehydrated, so if the kitten is still vomiting or is weak, call the vet immediately. It may be helpful to take your cat’s vomit sample with you to the vet.

2. Feline lower urinary tract diseases (FLUTD)

Some estimates say that as many as 3% of cats seen by veterinarians have cat’s lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).

Many overweight cats in poor condition, eating too much dry food – have this condition. Stress and sudden changes can increase the risk of FLUTD in your cat, and treatment depends on the type of FLUTD your cat has. Symptoms of FLUTD include:

Strong tension to urinate
Bloody urine
Urination in unusual places
Crying while urinating
Licking the coil area (often due to pain)
Depression
Dehydration
Lack of appetite
Vomiting

This is a huge problem if your cat can’t urinate. Call a vet immediately if you suspect your cat has a urinary problem.

3. Fleas

Fleas are a very common health problem in cats. But they can be easily treated. Symptoms that may indicate that your cat has fleas are:

Flea droppings on the skin (look like small black dots)
Constant scratching
Frequent licking
Red or irritated skin
Hair loss
Skin infections or so-called hot spots

Fleas can live longer at home than for a year, and your cat is at risk of serious anemia if the problem becomes serious, so treat the cat flea problem immediately and prevent future invasions.

Talk to your veterinarian about which flea prophylaxis and control will be best for your cat. Treatment includes oral medications, powders, foams and topical medications.

4. Tapeworms

One of the most common health problems for cats. Tapeworms live in the small intestine of a cat, and sometimes grow up to several meters. The tapeworms are divided into segments and usually fall apart after being expelled. You are very unlikely to see the entire worm. You’ll usually see segments.

Symptoms of tapeworm infection may be subtle, but may include vomiting and weight loss. The easiest way to check if your cat has tapeworms is to look at his droppings, anal area and bedding. Usually tapeworms come out of your cat’s anus while sleeping or relaxing. If you see small white worms or something that looks like rice or sesame seeds, your cat probably has tapeworms.

Treatment options include injections, oral or topical medications. But since cats almost always get tapeworms by swallowing fleas, remember to deal with any flea problems your cat has before tackling tapeworms.

5. Diarrhea

Many things can cause diarrhea in cats, including intestinal parasites, rotten food, allergies, infections, liver disease, cancer, and more.

Symptoms of diarrhea include a loose, watery, or liquid stool. Depending on the cause, diarrhea can last for a day, a week or months.

If your cat has diarrhea, give your cat plenty of fresh, clean water to prevent dehydration. Then remove the cat food for no more than 12 to 24 hours. Take your cat to the vet if he still has diarrhea after a day or immediately, if you notice vomiting, dark or bloody stools, fever, lethargy or loss of appetite or if your cat is trying to defecate and is unable.

6. Eye problems

Eye problems in cats can be caused by many factors, including conjunctivitis, keratitis, cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, viruses, inflammation and retinal disease.

A few symptoms that may mean that your cat has eye problems are watery eyes, tear-stained fur, cloudiness, red or white eyelids on the eyelids, dirt in the corners of the eye, squinting or visible third eyelid.

If you don’t know what causes cat eye problems, you can’t do much, just call your vet. Eye problems should be considered sudden, so make an appointment immediately.

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