Last updated: October 30, 2017
If you are a cat owner, or considering becoming one, some of the obvious duties you’ll have are to make sure they are fed properly, take them in for regular check-ups, make sure they are always up to date on their shots, and get them spayed or neutered, as needed. If you can provide all of that, you are on your way to having a life-long friend who will love you every day.
If you want to take that a little bit further, you can learn about the most common cat diseases that may afflict your cat, because having a little knowledge about what to expect will allow you to make an informed decision about cat care and what to look for.
Some of the Diseases You Should Learn About
Here are a few of the things you can learn about some of the most common diseases.
- Chronic Kidney Disease — Symptoms include increased thirst coupled with increased urination, weight loss, vomiting and overall depression, among others. Treatments include such things as therapeutic diet, medication to treat symptoms such as vomiting and high blood pressure, and discovering if there is anything toxic, like anti-freeze, that your cat might be ingesting.
- Diabetes — Some of the symptoms might be increased thirst, loss of appetite, lethargy and weakness, to name a few. Treatment may include oral or medical injections to replace lost insulin, much like in human diabetes.
- Feline Hyperthyroidism — Symptoms may be increased activity and restlessness, followed by weight loss and a rapid heart rate, among others. Treatments might include radioiodine therapy, thyroidectomy, and/or other procedures.
- Urinary Tract Disease — More common in males than females, the most common symptom is straining in the litter box during urination, and leaking urine when laying or resting. Treatments are generally done through medication to acidify the urine and dissolve the particles that are blocking the urinary tract.
- Upper Respiratory Infections — Coughing, sneezing and wheezing are common symptoms, Treatment may include a trip to the vet for antibiotics, or if not very severe, it may run its course after a week or so.
Those are just a few of the diseases or illnesses that are most common in cats, and having that kind of information at your fingertips will allow you to make an informed decision on what to do and how to act if your kitty ever becomes ill. Of course, no matter what, if your cat’s behavior changes in any way, from not eating and drinking to becoming slow and depressed, it’s always a good idea to schedule a date with your local vet.
Your Cat Depends On You
One of the biggest reasons for owning a cat is that they are pretty low maintenance. They don’t need much, and they will give you a lifetime of love and care. Ultimately, their health and well being depends completely on you, you’ll make all of their health care decisions, and the more you know, the more informed you will be. It’s one of the things you’ll have to accept if you choose to own, or are the owner of, a fur buddy.
The bottom line is that by learning about these most common cat diseases, you and your cat will be better for it, in both the short and long run. Their life and health depends totally on you, the environment you provide them and the nourishment you give them. By having a kitty into your home, you are building a bond between, not only a pet, but a best friend in every sense of the word, who will never judge you, criticize you or leave you. And for any friendship, there is nothing better than that.
We’d like to thank our friends from FelineLiving for sharing with us such a great article and infographic! Really informative and very well designed!