Health issues such as feline leukemia, lymphoma, lymphangioma, and cancer of the lymph nodes are uncommon in white cats. A majority of leukemia cases in cats are attributed to a virus called leukemia virus (lively leukemia virus) or lymphangioma virus. It can also be caused by infection with other microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. Other health issues that can affect cats include congenital abnormalities, tumor, skin disease, dental problems, eye problems, kidney disease and nutritional deficiency.
Cancer of the lymph nodes is one of the most serious health problems, a cat can face. There is not much that owners can do for a pet other than feeding and caring for it, but there are some things they can do to help prevent the disease from developing or prolonging the life of their pet. Cats with feline leukemia and lymphoma have some of the same symptoms that can appear in humans like weight loss, fever, swollen lymph glands, constant scratching or head rubbing, dull coat color, loss of appetite, and coldness.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Consult a veterinarian immediately if there is any indication of a problem in the health of your pet. If you have white cats, you should examine it carefully regularly to make sure the condition does not get worse. Check the eyes for signs of inflammation or swelling, the ears for ear mites, and the abdomen for signs of cancer or swelling. Cancer of the lymph nodes can spread to the lymph nodes, which can cause difficulty in movement and swallowing. Tumors on the abdomen can also be dangerous if left untreated because the disease can spread to the liver or spleen, which can be fatal.
If you have white cats and cancer is diagnosed, your veterinarian will recommend a series of tests to know whether the disease has spread to other parts of the body or not. These tests include complete blood count, urine test, urohydropropulsion, abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, mammography, and biochemical profile. Blood and tissue samples are sent to the lab for testing. Complete blood count usually shows normal, positive results, whereas abnormal readings, such as low white blood cell count (WBC), indicate an illness or infection. Abnormalities in urine tests and an abdominal ultrasound indicate feline leukemia.
Cats With Feline Leukemia May Not Survive If Not Started Early
Cats with feline leukemia may not survive if treatment is not started early enough. The disease is usually treated using chemotherapy. Radiation may be required for severe cases. To prevent illness from spreading to other parts of the body, the affected cat should be observed carefully and have regular health checkups scheduled.
White cats are more prone to common health issues than other breeds. Because the white fur coats make them very easy to spot, they can be carriers of a number of skin problems, such as allergies, parasites, and rashes. It is possible that a sick cat will start to shed where the fur has fallen off. This shedding may also indicate another problem.
Not all common cat’s health issues are preventable. A number of health concerns, such as cancer, can be fatal without prompt attention and treatment. Preventing illness in your cat can be done with knowledge and a bit of patience. A healthy cat with an active lifestyle and regular veterinarian visits will go a long way toward keeping him or her happy and healthy.
Keeping a well-groomed cat and making sure that basic health care is sought and received is the best way to avoid cat health issues. The right diet, regular veterinary exams, and routine immunizations are essential for a long, healthy life for your cat. When you see something that seems unusual about your cat, get it to the veterinarian immediately. Don’t wait until something more serious occurs. Being unprepared can have dire consequences.