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Cat Health

Even your normally healthy cat can get sick. Cat diseases vary from the simple cold to fatal sicknesses. Even cat owners who have access to a great vet should know a little about the common health problems that can affect your cat.

Upper respiratory infection is a normal illness among pet cats and is often referred to as the kitty cold by their owners. The symptoms are extremely similar to the common cold of human beings, and even includes a running nose and sneezing. A kitty cold can be transmittable amongst the felines in your household and an outdoor cat can acquire it during his travels. The upper respiratory system infection can lead to loss of appetite and can last from days to weeks. While having a cold, your cat must eat and this can be encouraged by warming their food and applying a warm, moist cloth to your pets face to keep his eyes and nose clean from fluid discharges. If the loss of appetite persists and if the eye or nose discharge gets thicker and becomes yellowish green in color, your cat should be taken to the veterinarian right away as it may be a sign of serious trouble.

Feline Chlamydia is a  bacteria which affects the eyes of cats, causing conjunctivitis. The signs  are a change of appetite, a cough, trouble breathing, fever, and other common respiratory problems. It is easily cured by antibiotics. This is easily treated so take your cat to the vet if his symptoms worsen.

Panleukopenia is a cat disease that makes the cat’s leukocyte count drop significantly. Leukocytes are crucial to maintain the cat’s resistance, and this condition makes the feline vulnerable to many harmful infections. This virus is transferred through body secretions, generally via the feces and can be brought acquired by drinking water or walking.

Feline leukemia virus can trigger lots of harmful cat health conditions. One among them is leukemia, also known as cancer of the white blood cells. There is no recognized treatment for this condition and might it may result in death after it’s occurrence. It is normally transmitted during a cat fight. It may also be transmitted through shared food, water bowls, from mother to prenatal kittens in the womb and in many other ways.

Parasites are another common problem. Felines are susceptible to parasites, which exist in their blood stream. External parasites like ear mites and fleas are visible on the skin or fur and in the ears. Ear mites usually take up home in the cat’s ear canal causing severe itching. Detecting internal parasites can be difficult, however signs of this are little rice like particles attached to the cat’s rectum or in the cat’s bed linen. Common internal parasites include ring worms, hook worms, and tape worms.

Coccidia is a microscopic parasite which lives in the lining of the intestine. The symptoms related to this parasite is looseness of the bowels which, if left neglected, can lead to dehydration as well as fatality.

Hopefully this little guide will help you to recognize some of the more common health risks to your precious pet cat and will help you decide when a trip to the vet is required!