Cats are good at self-maintenance. But even your fastidious feline can’t prevent some of these more common cat diseases and health issues. Here are the top 3 cat health problems that you need to be on the outlook for so you can nip them in the bud before they get the better of your cat.
Cats are all too often stricken with FLUTD otherwise known as feline lower urinary tract disease. This condition afflicts the cat’s urethra and bladder. Your cat may strain when she is trying to urinate and may not produce any pee. She may also avoid using the litter box. If there is blood in the urine and she is licking her genital area excessively this can be a sign that she has a blockage of the urethra, which can kill her. Take her to see the vet as soon as possible, where it can be determined what is causing this condition.
Give your cat preventive heartworm medicine so heartworm disease is avoided. Cats are usually able to fight off this condition on their own steam, but sometimes they do not succeed. Signs that your cat has heart worms include respiratory issues, coughing and vomiting although some cats do not show any signs at all. Surgery can be done to remove the heart worms but this is a very dangerous procedure, and your cat may not survive.
When fleas are on the attack they feed on the blood of the cat. Indications that fleas are present include bald patches because your cat has licked this area excessively, hair loss and scratching. Of course, you may be able to see the fleas or the flea excrement or eggs in the fur. Be careful when dousing your cat with flea control products because cats are very sensitive to insecticides. Using the wrong kind can kill the cat, so purchase a flea control system that is specifically formulated for cats.