Cats are usually pretty hardy and robust and most cats and kittens are in good health. In most cases your cat will only have to visit a vet for yearly check-ups and examinations. If you have an indoor cat it is likely they will have fewer health problems than cats that go outdoors. This is because outdoor cats have more exposure to parasites, disease and contact with other animals that could be carrying unwanted ailments. Here are some common health problems about your cat.
No matter what breed of cat you may have, worms are a very common and recurring problem in most cats and kittens. Tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms are the most common that infect cats. If your cat has problems gaining weight, problems with fleas or you find white specks in their stool you should have them tested for worms. Worms usually can be treated with oral medication given to your cat over a period of time.
2. Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary Tract infections are common among cats; especially in un-neutered male cats. If you notice that your cat suddenly stops using the litter box or if their urine smells strong they may have a urinary tract infection. You should immediately take your cat to your vet for treatment. You can also ask about cat foods that reduce the likelihood of getting these types of infections.
One of the most common cat health problems is hairballs. Cats and kittens groom themselves constantly and swallow the loose hair that comes off of their tongues. Sometimes the hair gathers into a ball and lodges in the cat’s digestive tract instead of passing through the body. When this occurs your cat will start coughing and hacking and most cats don’t have a problem dislodging the hairball. To prevent hairballs you can groom your cat frequently and feed them cat food that helps control fur-balls.