Cats are very good at keeping themselves clean and well-groomed. However, even these feline children of ours can catch some common diseases.
Here are some of them and their causes:
The commonest health problems most cats, including a Burmese cat or a Russian blue cat, the experience is vomiting and its causes are diverse, ranging from consuming something toxic or inedible to urinary tract diseases, infection or even diabetes, to hairballs.
Vomiting can make your cat dehydrated; therefore, if your cat continues vomiting, call your vet at once. Collecting a sample of the vomit and taking it to your vet may be helpful.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)
Around 3% of cats examined by vets suffer from FLUTD which is, in fact, a group of feline ailments with multiple causes.
Female, as well as male cats, can catch FLUTD and the diseases are more common in cats that are overweight or unwell or who only eat dry food. The risk of FLUTD increases with stress, sudden changes or a multi-cat household. Treatment should be as per the type of FLUTD your cat has.
- Strain while urinating
- Crying while urinating
- Bloody urine
- Licking the urinary area (due to pain)
- Lack of appetite
If your Sphynx kittens or any other breed of kittens can’t urinate due to FLUTD, consider it an emergency and call your vet right away.
The nasty little pests called fleas are a very common feline health issue. However, it’s also one that can be easily treated. Following are the signs to identify that your cat has fleas:
- Flea dirt is seen on skin in the form of black dots
- Red, irritated skin
- Skin infections
- Hair loss
Fleas can persist for more than a year and there is a risk of anemia if it becomes serious. So, make sure that you treat fleas on time and prevent further infestations.
Tapeworms exist in any cat including Persian kittens and are one of the most common feline health issues. They live in the small intestine of the cat and sometimes even grow up to the length of 2 feet. However, when expelled they usually break apart, so, it’s quite unlikely to see a full worm.
Signs of a tapeworm infection may include vomiting and weight loss. The simplest way to know that your cat has tapeworms is to observe her/his feces, anus and bedding. Normally tapeworms come out of the cat’s anus when s/he is relaxed or sleeping. If small white worms or something like rice grains or sesame seeds is seen, your cat most probably has tapeworms. This can be a useful clue to examine before bringing home a kitten.
Treatments for tapeworms include oral or topical medications or injection. But since cats usually get tapeworms due to swallowing a flea, be sure to remove any flea problem before dealing with tapeworm.
Diarrhea in cats can be caused by many things including spoiled food, intestinal parasites, liver disease, allergies, cancer and so on. Its symptoms are loose, liquid or watery stools. Diarrhea can last for a day, week or even months, depending upon its cause.
Whether you have Siamese kittens or any other breed of cats, taking care of their health is your duty and therefore you should have the knowledge of all these common feline health problems and their treatments.