Cat Illness Symptoms Guide

Your cat can't tell you if she has a feline illness, or what her symptoms are. She can't tell you that she feels sick, where it hurts... or even if it hurts. In addition, many symptoms are common to more than one ailment, and some diseases can be difficult to diagnose.

If you suspect your cat has a medical problem, knowing what symptoms to look for may be helpful for you and your cat. Use this cat illness symptoms guide to help you better care for your cat, work with your veterinarian, and ease your mind.

Cat Illness - Cat flu

Respiratory tract infection. Cause: virus. Symptoms: sneezing, coughing, noisy breathing, runny eye, fever, loss of appetite. Very contagious. No direct treatment available, but antibiotics may prevent secondary bacteria infections. Early diagnosis followed by careful nursing gives the best chance of survival. Vaccination recommended.

Cat Illness - diabetes

When the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a cat may become diabetic. It is chronic and sometimes fatal, but you can treat it.

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Cat Illness - ringworm

Contagious. A ring worm is an organism that can spread from cats to cats, human to cats and cats to human. So it may affect you too. Symptoms: dry skin on ears and around eyes, developing into red infected lesions.

Cat Illness - urinary tract infections

May have several causes and require different treatments, but most frequently is the feline urological syndrome, a feline bladder infection. Symptoms: blood in the urine, frequent urination. Neuters get these cat illnesses easier. Treatment (antibiotics, diet) is very well possible, but feline urinary tract infections may recur.

Cat Illness Symptoms Guide
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  • Cat worms - How to Prevent Worms in Cats

    Cat worms are internal parasites. There are different kinds of worms. A few are dangerous, but all can be prevented.
    Tape worms, flat and ribbon-like, are probably the best known. They resemble grains of rice. You can see the white segments of tape worm in your cat’s feces.

    Tape worms are intestinal parasites and live from the food your cat eats. They more or less rob it from the intestines.

    This may sound worrisome, but tape worms are only harmful in severe cases. Cats that really suffer from tape worms become restless. They lose weight and are in a generally poor condition. Your cat may get tape worming. Some tape worms are also transmitted by other animals. If your cat comes outside and hunts for mice, it might pick up worms.

    Other widespread cat worms are roundworms. They are thick and white and can be up to 10 cm (4 inch) long. Again these worms live on food from your cat. These cat worms are often seen in feces and vomit.

    When your cat has worms, not only is it unhealthy for the animal but it's also a health risk for you and your family. Learn how to prevent this common problem, experienced by indoor as well as outdoor cats.

  • Take your cat to a veterinarian for a complete physical exam. Request that a fecal specimen be checked for intestinal parasites (worms), then administer any medication as prescribed.
  • Limit your cat's contact with soil and dirt, which can contain worms in their larval and egg stages.
  • Prevent your cat from catching and eating rodents and birds, which almost always harbor intestinal parasites in their intermediate life stages.
  • Treat your cat and your home with products that control all stages of fleas - adult, larval and egg - since fleas can transmit tapeworms to cats.
  • Consider keeping your cat indoors to reduce the chance of parasite infestation.
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    If your cat suffers from health problems, the best thing you can do is taking your pet to the veterinarian. The sooner you do this, the bigger the chance you cat will recover.

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