Catch Common Cat Health Problems
At Kato Animal Hospital in Toronto, ON, there are a number of problems that are common among our feline patients. Here are four that you should watch for.
1. Lower urinary tract diseaseFeline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a broad term for several conditions affecting a cat’s bladder and urethra. If you notice your cat is straining to urinate, crying when urinating, or urinating in unusual places, FLUTD may be the cause. Other symptoms include vomiting, lack of appetite, or bloody urine. Check in with a pet hospital in Toronto if you think your cat may be suffering, especially if it’s unable to urinate.
2. Kidney disease
As in humans, a cat’s kidneys are responsible for removing waste from the bloodstream and excreting it through urine. Older cats are particularly susceptible to a variety of kidney diseases, and not all cats show symptoms. It’s important therefore to keep an eye on your older cat’s health. Decreased appetite and weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy are all signs to watch out for. Kidney diseases can be mitigated through a variety of diet changes, medications and food additives that will improve your cat’s quality of life.
Cats are not the typical host for heartworm, but cases of cats infected with it are on the rise. In cats, heartworm generally causes respiratory problems, coughing, and vomiting. There isn’t a cure, though there are mitigating treatments and some cats recover on their own. The most effective way to deal with heartworm in cats is through prevention via regular checkups and preventive medication.
Fleas are parasitic insects that live on many furry animals. They transfer easily from one animal to another, so your cat is particularly at risk if it is an outdoor cat or is in contact with other animals. Cats with fleas will be seen scratching, licking excessively, and may develop bald patches. You might also be able to see the bugs, eggs, or black specks of flea dirt on your pet’s skin or fur. Cats should be treated exclusively with flea products designed for cats; never use dog flea products on your kitty!