Common Health Conditions Among Cats (Pt II)


Here is the second part of the discussion on the common health conditions among cats. You should know to watch out for these to ensure your cat’s health and wellbeing. It is important to immediately respond to these illnesses so that you can prevent any serious repercussions from them worsening.

Kidney Failure

Common Health Conditions Among Cats (Pt II)
Common Health Conditions Among Cats (Pt II)

The kidneys are one of the most active internal organs in a cat’s body. Kidneys function to synthesize more blood cells while filtering the blood to eliminate any harmful waste. They are also susceptible to failing at any time. This is much more common as cats age. Kidney failure often triggers a domino effect that negatively affects the rest of the body’s organs. The sad thing is that there is no cure for this as it is a chronic illness. You can opt for a transplant or for maintenance medication to halt the negative effects.

Urinary Tract Infection

This is yet another rampant illness among cats. The specific type they get infected with is the lower urinary tract infection which then leads to the cat’s incapability to empty their bladders properly. The way to treat this is by targeting the root cause which may range from bladder stones or any other type of blockage. It is also possibly caused by stress, injury, or spinal cord problems. As soon as you notice your cat being unable to urinate and the urine is cloudy or bloody, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Shedding

Common Health Conditions Among Cats (Pt II)
Common Health Conditions Among Cats (Pt II)

Shedding is normal for some cats but an excess in it can cause balding. The primary cause of excessive shedding is allergies. Shedding usually occurs during the spring season as well as during the summer. The primary function of shedding is to lighten their coat to make them more comfortable in the heat. Other causes for shedding include sunburn, infection, or a bad diet. One way to minimize shedding is by giving your cat a healthy and balanced diet. Another way is to groom your cat on a regular basis. You can do the grooming or simply bring your pet to a groomer. If the shedding still persists, it is best to consult a veterinarian for some expert help.

Vomiting

There are many causes as to why a cat vomits. Some may be caused by her morning sickness which indicates pregnancy. Others may be caused by a sudden change in diet. Other vomits may indicate even more serious illnesses that your cat might possibly have. Vomiting can be a sign of a range of diseases, from diabetes to infections. It comes with abdominal heaving and drooling. The first thing you should do is to ensure that your cat is sufficiently hydrated. If the vomit persists, consult a veterinarian. You should also bring with you a sample of your pet’s vomit for the doctor to examine.

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