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Cat Health Issues

New cat owners are surprised to discover that feline health troubles are typical. No matter what breed of cat you have, health troubles are to be expected. Some could be hereditary, while others can easily be prevented.

No matter what breed of cat you own, worms are a very common and often repeating problem. Pet cats who have trouble gaining weight, problems with fleas, or have white specks in the stool, should be tested by the vet for worms.

Hairballs are the most common problem for our little pets. All pet cats groom themselves daily, normally swallowing a portion of the loose hair that comes from their coats. On occasion, this loose hair will gather into a ball and end up being lodged in the digestion system rather then traveling through to your cat’s stool. When your cat starts to cough and hack, he is normally coughing up a hairball. It is really rather revolting when you find one on the floor, but this is actually a healthy sign when your cat can dislodge hairballs without any troubles. In rare cases, a hairball can go into a cat’s intestine, and develop a clog. This creates a very major health issue, and can become a serious health threat if not addressed quickly. If your cat ends up being constipated, isn’t consuming his food, or a dull coat, his intestinal system may be blocked by a hairball. If you observe any of these problems, get him to the vet right away. You can avoid hairballs and clogs by brushing your cat tow or three times a week to remove loose hair. You can also feed him food that is designed to reduce hairballs.

Urinary tract problems are a common problem with pet cats. This infection occurs often in male cats, although females can also be susceptible to these uncomfortable health issues. When you cat stops urinating regularly, this is typically the cause. Watch if your cat’s urine starts to develop a really strong odor. If so, you need to take him or her to the veterinarian because the cat may developed a urinary infection. Your veterinarian will treat the trouble with medication, and make suggest ideas to eliminate future occurrences of this issue.

Cats that have feline leukemia usually do not have a long term life expectancy. If you know your cat has this horrible disease, you should never ever permit other cats around him, as the virus is extremely transmittable and will spread to your other cats.

To protect your cat, you need to constantly ensure that you take him to the veterinarian for his regular check ups. He needs to lead a productive and healthy life so keep him up to date on his vaccinations. Some health problems cannot be avoided, in fact, most of them can. Keeping your cat indoors, will safeguard him from a majority of health problems. If your cat is an outdoor cat, routine trips to the veterinarian will keep him healthy. Remember that a healthy cat is the responsibility of the owner, not the cat.