What Feline Diseases
Are Out There?
Your cat can easily be affected by any number of feline diseases, but the good thing is that you have the power to protect him from many illnesses by taking him to the vet to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are a good way for you to ensure that your cat has a healthy, long life.
Diseases can affect all parts of your cat's body, just like they do for humans. This is why getting vaccinated is important, along with eating foods with a high nutritional content, getting plenty of exercise and keeping your cat indoors.
Here is a list of some common diseases:
- Feline Leukemia Virus - This is a widely spread virus that affects the immune system and causes anemia. Learn more about the
feline leukemia virus
as well as
feline leukemia treatment options,
signs of feline leukemia,
feline leukemia tests
that are given.
- Feline Distemper -
also known as Panleukopenia, is a highly contagious disease that is spread mainly through contact with an infected cat's feces or urine.
- Feline Lymphoma -
is a common cancer among cats. It has been found that the highest occurrence of this is in cats who have also tested positive for feline leukemia.
- Feline Herpes - The Feline Herpes Virus Type 1 is quite common in cats, and can end up giving them upper respiratory infections.
- Feline Kidney Disease - The
feline kidney disease
is common in older cats, as the kidneys stop functioning as well as they used to.
There are two types: Acute Renal Failure, where the damage happens more suddenly, and Chronic Renal Failure, where the process is much slower, taking place for many months to many years.
It is important to remember that it can be difficult to determine if and when your cat is ill. Firstly, many feline diseases have symptoms that may be quite subtle and non-specific. Secondly, cats are very good at hiding the fact that they are feeling unwell. Look out for signs such as:
- You cat hiding away a lot more than usual – this is something that cats often do when they are not feeling well
- Any obvious symptoms such as diarrhoea, regular vomiting, coughing, sneezing, etc.
- If your cat appears to be depressed and under the weather
- If your cat loses his appetite to a very noticeable degree
- Sudden weight loss
- Any other symptoms that lead you to believe that he could be unwell
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