Common Cat Health Concerns

Common Cat Health Concerns

After many happy years of dog ownership, you’re ready to experience some feline friendship. You’ve just adopted Trixie, a charming, affectionate girl who actually chose you at your town’s animal shelter. You’ve already spoiled Trixie rotten with a faux jeweled collar, cat toys, and a comfy bed. Now Trixie’s off to her Park County veterinarian, who will give her a good physical exam and update her vaccinations. He’ll also educate you about common feline health problems.

Vomiting Episodes

Cats seem to vomit rather frequently. While Trixie hasn’t yet displayed this unappealing behavior, you’ve seen your friends’ cats retch and heave after they’ve eaten pieces of a cat toy. Trixie might also vomit if she suffers from an infection or diabetes; or perhaps she’s experiencing some urinary tract problems. Dehydration can happen quickly, so get Trixie to your vet before she loses more fluids.

Dastardly Diarrhea

Poor Trixie looks embarrassed at dropping a stream of smelly feces a few feet away from her litter box. She might have eaten some spoiled food or too many hairballs. Trixie might have a nasty infection or an allergy; or perhaps she’s contracted liver disease or cancer. Dehydration is also possible, so give Trixie plenty of fresh water. If her diarrhea goes on for more than a day, if her feces are bloody or dark, or if she has trouble pooping, see your vet right away. Also alert him if Trixie seems strangely tired and doesn’t want to eat.

Flea Infestations

If Trixie gets attacked by fleas, she’ll consistently lick and scratch herself, which can result in skin redness and irritation. Trixie might also develop some bald spots and a secondary skin infection. If the nasty little fleas suck enough of Trixie’s blood, she can develop anemia. Fortunately, your vet can start Trixie on an effective flea control and prevention program.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases

Both male and female cats can suffer from feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, actually a group of related diseases. If Trixie’s affected, she might begin peeing outside her box or have difficulty urinating. You might see bloody urine, and she might also appear to be in pain. Because feline urinary problems can escalate quickly, get Trixie to your vet without delay.

If Trixie develops some troubling symptoms, your Park County vet will diagnose and treat your kitty’s problem so she can feel better soon.

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