Last updated: June 26, 2017
Nebelungs are usually pretty healthy little critturs, and are up there with the best of them when it comes to fun, mischief, and athleticism. However, nobody’s perfect, not even Nebelungs, and as always you should keep Mr or Ms Supervet a phone call away! It’s a concern for some that the breed was started with an inbred pair of cats, but they don’t seem to suffer any ill effects from that. There are still some things that bother them, though, so let’s take a look.
Your average Nebelung just loves his chow! Unfortunately, when it comes to food the Nebelung is nothing but a bottomless pit! They need a lot of exercise to burn off all those surplus calories so if they’re indoor cats make sure you schedule some hectic play sessions! There’s
nothing more ugly or unhealthy than a spherical cat!
Obesity leads to many other problems too, such as heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, and these problems only get worse as Mr and Ms Nebelung get older. However, don’t try to tackle your Nebelung’s weight problem on your own. The vet’s expertise is needed to help your cat back to his slim, svelte self!
Diabetes Mellitus means that your cat can’t produce enough insulin to regulate his blood sugar levels.
These are the signs that your cat may be diabetic: he will lose his appetite, and consequently he’ll lose a ton of weight, and believe me I MEAN a ton! I’ve seen a diabetic cat who was almost skeletal! There will be copious amounts of vomiting, which of course doesn’t help the weight loss, and you’ll see him drinking frequently in large amounts because he’s also becoming dehydrated. Now it gets really serious. If you leave your poor kitty to suffer without treatment, he’ll begin to lose control of his motor functions, which means he’ll begin to stagger and bump into things. He’ll also begin to suffer from depression, then perhaps lapse into a coma. After that, death comes very swiftly.
Unfortunately, although Nebelungs are usually very healthy cats, they have a bigger likelihood than most cats of developing Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is not an unusual problem, and it affects many cats. It’s caused by the walls of the inner heart muscle becoming thicker over time. This restricts the blood flow and impairs the normal performance of the heart. It may present itself in kittenhood and cause premature death, so it’s necessary to have a checkup once a year to confirm that your precious Nebelung kitty is free from it.
The average Nebelung doesn’t have many allergies, but, just as in any human population, there will always be a few who suffer from them. An allergic reaction is caused by the cat’s immune system overreacting to a harmless substance, perceiving it as a threat. Try to get your cat some hypoallergenic bedding and keep dust and other possible allergens down to a minimum. Once you’ve isolated the problem substance, usually with the vet’s help, avoid it like the plague!
Kitty can show terrible symptoms like teary, streaming eyes, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing in a cat with asthma, snoring because of an inflamed throat, and even chewing its paws which results in them becoming inflamed and painful. They can scratch enough to make themselves bleed and make holes in their fur. Now I ask you, if you had a beautiful coat like a Nebelung, wouldn’t you lose sleep over such a disfigurement?
Common Allergy Triggers
Nebelungs and all cats can present with vomiting and diarrhea due to food intolerances and allergies due to things like wheat, but what else causes allergies? Well, just like we do, cats can get hay fever. They can have allergic reactions to many plant and fungus pollens, as well as dust. They can be allergic to certain types of food, and these can be isolated and avoided through a process of elimination. They can have a reaction to fleas, but even if you buy over-the-counter flea remedies, they can react badly to those too, so this is definitely one for your vet.
Even prescription drugs can be a problem. Now, this is a difficult one. If your favorite perfume is Eau de Fabulous and it makes your precious Nebelung tear his fur out, what do you do? Well, it’s either the perfume or the cat, so it’s back to the cosmetics counter for you! The rest of the products we’re discussing are quite easily dealt with. Cigarette smoke can start your Nebelung sneezing, especially if he’s asthmatic, but it’s so dangerous that they should never be exposed to it under any circumstances. This one is a no-brainer – give it up! You’ll both be healthier!
Cleaning materials, some fabrics, rubber, and plastic can be substituted with other products. Common sense can only carry us so far, though, and there is a limit to how many things we can throw away, clean, or give up, so the best thing to do is visit your vet.
Allergens are everywhere, so your vet will start with some of the most basic things, like recommending unscented litter and rigorous cleaning for dust allergies. He will put your cat on a special diet for food allergies and recommend a dermatologist for skin problems. He may prescribe cortisones and steroids and give special shampoos. If there is a food allergy you may have to solve it by a process of elimination, taking the suspected nasties out of his diet one by one. Don’t give your cat anything that hasn’t been prescribed by the vet! Lastly, stress is a trigger for bad reactions, so make sure your Nebelung is chilled, dude!
Nebelung Cat Lifespan
Nebelungs are fairly long lived cats, with the average life expectancy being around 15-18 years. All Nebelungs will eventually succumb to the problems of old age, but with proper veterinary care, a fairly big percentage will live longer than that.
The Last Word
Nebelungs are a constant delight, but they are just cats, after all, and the best thing you can do for yours is very simple: love them. Then love them some more. And after that, love them again. That’s how to keep a cat happy and healthy!