Cat illnesses are often hard to diagnose just by looking at the cat.
Cats don’t often show their pain so you may be unaware your cat is in distress. Often when the cat shows symptoms, it is already quite ill.
In nature, showing symptoms of an illness is a sign of weakness and a call to potential predators. Thus animals go the great lengths to appear healthy. As the cat is still very near its wild ancestry, this hiding of symptoms makes sense.
When the cat shows symptoms, these may be a sign of several illnesses. It can be very hard to determine which illness the cat may have.
If you suspect your cat has an illness, but you are not sure of it (like when there is occasional vomiting or sneezing), write down any symptoms you have noticed– and contact your vet sooner rather than later. Some conditions require immediate veterinary care (like when the cat is unable to pee) because they are life threatening.
If you have been wise in advance, you already have a
but even if you don’t, do not let your feline friend suffer for it. And do not try to make a diagnosis yourself - only a qualified veterinarian can do that.
Also do not try to medicate your cat with human medicines. They can be downright deadly to a cat (for example Aspirin). Also if you have old cat medications still in your cabinet, do not use them. Always, always consult a vet first.
To avoid common infectious cat illnesses, have your cat vaccinated. When you get your kitten in the first place, ask your vet which shots it needs and when.
When you took your cat as your family member, you committed yourself to its wellbeing. And if you deal with any cat illnesses as soon as possible, there is a great likelihood your cat will make a speedy recovery. Should the situation be otherwise, you can make sure your beloved pet does not suffer unnecessarily.
Some chronic diseases can be treated with constant medication (like diabetes). Some of course can’t, and then you need to be prepared to do the ultimate act of friendship and let the vet put your cat humanely asleep… (I know this is a difficult issue, but I have been there for several cats when their time came, and they all slipped away so peacefully and quietly I can assure you it causes the cat no pain or fear).
Here I shall list the most common illnesses on cats with a brief description of the symptoms, so it is easier for you to eye the list through and see which articles you would like to read. And do bear in mind I am neither a veterinarian nor expert in cat illnesses – there are general articles about these illnesses. So always consult your vet when your cat shows any symptoms of a possible illness.
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