Feline illnesses every cat owner should know about

   

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Whenever we bring home a new kitten, we know that we need to take them for their vaccinations. Our vets then advise us when we should bring him or her back for their booster shots. But once we’ve left the vet with a meowing kitty, many of us don’t spare another thought for our pet’s health until they’re sick.

As pet owners, we hope that we never need to rush our cats to the vet in an emergency, but if we do want to avoid these situations, it’s up to us to be responsible cat owners. We can take out pet health insurance to ensure that we can afford to cover our kitties, but we can also learn more about some of the common ailments that affects our feline friends so that we know what to watch out for. Read on to find out more about some of the most common sicknesses that affect our kitty companions:

Diseases


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There are a few diseases that are fairly common in cats; some can be vaccinated against and some can’t, while some can be treated or managed, and others can’t. Some of the most well-known ones are:

Distemper

This is a gastrointestinal disease and can result in fever, diarrhoea, and dehydration. As mentioned, there is a vaccination for this disease but unfortunately there is no adequate treatment, and death may result in 60 to 90 per cent of cases. However, the vaccine is extremely effective so make sure your kitten gets hers.

Feline Leukaemia

This is a highly contagious disease and can present with various symptoms, but some of the more common ones are:

  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Tumours
  • Low immune systems, making them vulnerable to infections
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus


This disease is also known as feline AIDS, and is usually transmitted through bites and scratches. The stages of this disease are similar to HIV in people, presenting with lethargy and drastic decrease in appetite, among others. However, many cats with this disease can live for many years after transmission, providing their owners give them the healthcare and diet they need.

Parasites


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Roundworm and Tapeworm

These are two common parasites found in cats, and both are treatable, although not always preventable.

Kittens are particularly susceptible to roundworm but it can be treated by taking them to the vet regularly for deworming treatment. However, know that adult cats are still at risk for picking up roundworm.

In contrast, tapeworm is likely to occur in cats that hunt for their food and those that have fleas. Your vet will treat your cat with appropriate medication, usually in the form of tablets or an injection.

Fleas

This one we’ve all heard of. These little guys are the bane of cats’, dogs’, and humans’ existence. They drive our pets to scratch and chew incessantly, which drives us around the bend. At the very first signs of a flea infestation, you should implement a treatment. This can involve spot-on applications, flea collars, powders, shampoos, special combs, and oral treatments, but it is vital to only stick to medicine that is specifically developed for cats, as dog doses may result in serious harm to your kitty.

If you’d like to learn more about getting rid of fleas in your cat, watch this helpful video below:


All of these diseases can lead to serious health complications, so if you are concerned about your cat, it’s best to take her to your vet right away. If you’ve got pet health insurance from OnePet, simply have your funds deposited into your OneCard before you go, and use it to pay – it’s that simple!

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