How to Prevent Cat Illness - About feline diseases

There are many feline health problems, some more common than others. Some problems are easily preventable, while others are hereditary. Below are some of the more common health problems that cats encounter.

Worms
Cats are often infested with worms. Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms most commonly infect cats. Cats can occasionally develop heartworms, as well. Symptoms of worms can include weight loss, pot bellied appearance, poor coat appearance and vomiting. Worms are easily cured with a few doses of medication, but if left untreated, they can cause serious health problems.

What are the symptoms that my cat or kitten has worms?
1. Loss of appetite 2.The cat's coat is in poor condition 3. The cat has a pot belly appearance - especially in kittens 4. The cat or kitten suffers weight loss 5. Stunted growth of a kitten 6. Vomiting or vomiting up a worm.7. Anemia - The cat or kitten has pale gums 8. Continual licking of the anal area

What worming medication should I use for my kitten?
Ask your vet for the best worm medication for your cat or kitten. Worm medications come in several forms such as tablets, paste and spot-ons. You can usually buy worming medication over the counter at your vets without the cost of a consultation fee. Microscopic examination of your cat's stool may be necessary.

Fleas
Fleas feed on your pet's blood and make your cat uncomfortable A heavy infestation can cause it to become anaemic and unwell. Flea infestations have been known to kill kittens. Some individual animals are allergic to flea saliva and this causes the pet abject misery with constant scratching and self mutilation. The most common allergy dermatitis in cats and dogs is a flea allergy. Fleas also spread tapeworm from one animal to another.

How to kill fleas on very young kittens
The safest way to treat a kitten under 6 weeks of age for fleas is to bathe him using warm water and Dawn dishwashing detergent and then to manually pick off remaining fleas. Dawn dishwashing soap is very effective and it kills fleas quickly. Many breeders bathe their cats in Dawn.

Cat Flu
Cat flu is the general name given to a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract in cats. It is a common disease in cats and can make them very sick and miserable. It can be fatal in kittens and immunosuppressed older cats

Cat Flu Symptoms and Treatment
Owners of cats with flu should always seek veterinary advice There is no cure for a viral infection however the cat can be kept as comfortable as possible by keeping it warm and treating the symptoms. Your vet may prescribe eye drops or ointment for the conjunctivitis, Corneal ulcers must be examined by your vet who will recommend appropriate treatment. Discharging eyes and nose should be bathed frequently with warm salty water. Secondary bacterial infection can be treated by your vet with antibiotics.
If the cat has lost it's sense of smell it will lose interest in it's food. Encourage your cat to eat by offering it strongly smelling food such as sardines.

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