How Healthy is Your Cat?

Cats are good at self-maintenance. Ever watch your fastidious cat clean themselves? But, there are some tell-tale signs that should alert you that there may be some health issues. Here are 6 common cat health problems:

  1. Vomiting – symptoms are usually obvious—including drooling and abdominal heaving. Continuous vomiting can lead to dehydration—if that’s going on call your vet immediately. Take a sample with you to the vet—can you tell the difference between vomit and regurgitation? (Hair balls)
  2. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) – about 10% of cats brought to the vet have FLUTD. Cats that are overweight or unfit and eat dry food are candidates. FLUTD symptoms include: straining to urinate, bloody urine, urinating in unusual places, crying when urinating, licking around the urinary area, depression, dehydration, lack of appetite, vomiting—call your vet!
  3. Fleas – external felines are particularly susceptible to fleas. Signs include-flea dirt on skin, constant scratching, frequent licking, red or irritated skin, hair loss, skin infection or hot spots. Fleas can live up to a year and can lead to anemia in your cat. Treat the flea problem to prevent future infections—look at flea control products at www.healthypetpaws.com.
  4. Tapeworms – can live in your cat’s small intestine. Symptoms are subtle but can include vomiting and weight loss. Check your cat’s anus/feces; if you see small white worms (looks like rice) they likely have tapeworms, which they can get from swallowing a flea. Take care of the flea problem first, and then tackle the tapeworm issue.
  5. Diarrhea – caused by hairballs, spoiled food, allergies, infection, liver disease, cancer and more. Offer your cat plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration, and then remove kitty’s food no more than 12 – 24 hours. If diarrhea continues take your cat to the vet.
  6. Eye Problems – conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, viruses, inflammation, and retinal disease. Symptoms are, watery eyes, tear stained fur, cloudiness, red or white eyelid lining, gunk in the corners of the eye. Call your vet!

Yes, cats are good at self-maintenance, BUT you need to be vigilant and if you notice the symptoms mentioned in this article, call your vet and get treatment for kitty immediately! And remember to keep you cat’s immunizations/vaccinations/boosters up to date so they don’t get leukemia (cat variety) and other diseases they can get from other cats. Healthy pets are a pleasure to owners who care.

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