If you are a cat owner, you may or may not be aware that felines suffer from health problems too. While some of these problems are easily preventable, there are others which are hereditary and hence cannot be prevented.
Still, it is good that you are aware of these 5 common cat health problems:
1. Cat viruses
You may not have heard of these but cat viruses do exist. Some common ones are Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV).
FIP is a very serious disease that is related to Corona virus. There is no known treatment for Feline Infectious Peritonitis although there is a vaccine for FIP. However, many veterinarians and scientists say that it is not very effective. Fortunately, this disease is not as easy to catch as some other diseases.
FIV, or cat AIDs, does not spread to humans and is not always fatal either. So there is no fear of you or your family member catching it.
FLV – you can prevent it if the cat has not been exposed to the virus before being immunized. Although not always fatal, somehow cats with FLV don't live long.
2. The Hairball
What is the Hairball? This is a common cat health problem that comes about because from cats constantly groom themselves with their tongues and swallowing hairs! The swallowed hair can form into a ball instead of passing through the cat's body, thus giving you a hairball. If your cat starts coughing and hacking, she may have a hairball. How do you prevent you feline from suffering from hairballs problems? Groom her frequently to remove loose hair and feed her food that helps control hairballs.
3. Urinary Tract Infection
This infection is very common in un-neutered male cats but female cats can also develop it. If you notice your furry friend suddenly stopped using her litter box, she may have a urinary tract infection. If her urine smells strong, you definitely should suspect a urinary tract infection. Your vet can treat this type of infections.
You should be mindful of your cat getting ticks if she spends lots of time outdoors. If she has been acting lethargic or moving slowly and acting as if she was in pain, look for ticks on her body. If you find some, ask your veterinarian to test her for Lyme Disease which is a disease that is transmitted to people and animals by ticks
Worms – Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms are the most common types that can infect the feline species. If your feline friend seems unable to put on weight or is infested with fleas or has white specks that look like grains of rice in his stools, you should take her to the vet to test for worms immediately. Don't worry, your vet can cure worms with a few doses of medication but you must remember that worms can prove fatal if left untreated.