3 Common Issues Cats Face When It Comes to Their Health

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Cats live to be pet, loved and admired by us…when it’s convenient for them. It’s those happy purrs and cute twirls of the tail that make our furry friend one of the best companions ever. We’d never let anything happen to them.

When something does, it should be known that it’s probably due to something the cat encountered while roaming around outside. Sometimes a cat picks up a disease that’s perfectly preventable.

There are many vaccinations available. Those who keep their sweet, little kitty inside will have one that doesn’t suffer through all the health issues an outdoor cat might pick up. Regardless of it all, here are some of the most common health issues your cat may face:

1) Cat Dental Health

Caring for a cat’s teeth wasn’t always on the high priority list when it came to cat care. Cat teeth only received a very small inspection and problems often went unidentified. Now we understand the need for caring for a cat’s teeth. It’s a must if we are to prevent problems like feline gingivitis.

Cats often salivate a lot while they eat. This can lead to abnormalities with their teeth and gums. Plague often calls their teeth home as particles in their food joins with minerals found in their saliva. This plague leads to tooth decay and makes their gums inflamed.

A lot of cats suffer from the uncomfortable disease known as feline gingivitis. There are often little signs that your cat has an infected mouth. They may experience pain in their mouths from the infection. While discomfort in the mouth is enough for us to take action, the bacteria can actually spread to cause problems in the kidneys, heart and liver.

Only a trained veterinarian can properly assess the health of your cat’s mouth. They might ask for your assistance when opening up your cat’s mouth so that they may get a good look at the tongue and teeth. 

Many vets perform dental exams as part of your cat’s routine health visit. They’ll look at the gums to see if they’re inflamed. If they are, it could mean there’s a more serious problem, like feline gingivitis. It’s likely they have a compromised immune system. There could be a more serious problem like a growth present in the throat or mouth.

2) Hairballs

If you own a cat then you probably are very familiar with hairballs. While it certainly creates a mess that needs to be cleaned up, they should be considered more annoying than dangerous. It’s common for fluffier cats to undergo this issue. Cats can accidentally eat some of their fur while grooming themselves. A lot of the fur will pass through the body without an issue.

While it’s true that most of it will simply pass through, a fur ball can be created in the stomach of the animal. It’s an uncomfortable problem cats face. It’s common to see an affected feline eat grass in order to induce vomiting. Once the cat has vomited it up, the discomfort is relieved.

It’s nice that your little ball of fluff feels better after coughing up the hair ball. What isn’t so nice is the mess you’re left with cleaning up. It’s typical for cats to cough up a hair ball a couple of times within their lifespan. Some cats have problems with coughing them up all the time.

Some owners have turned to a drug known as Laxatone. This gel helps keep the fur on the cat lubricated so that it does not cluster up once it is eaten. Your cat will not feel the need to vomit as the fur has passed through the stomach with no problem at all. Some try petromalt as a solution. This remedy helps prevent hairballs by making the hair digestible.

Some owners brush their cat frequently. This helps remove the fur that would otherwise end up in a hairball in the cat’s stomach. Those who stick with daily brushing and use a remedy that helps prevent hairballs should have to clean up cat vomit less frequently.

3) Parasites and De-worming a Cat

The health of a cat can be seriously compromised when their digestive tract is undertaken by pesky roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, or whipworms. It’s common for cats with worms to suffer from horrible diarrhea. The animal will probably develop anemia. Many cats with worms also lose an unhealthy amount of weight. Young kittens who are infested with worms often die as the worms dehydrate them and cause serious blood loss.

It isn’t a hassle to treat the worms and parasites that are making your pet so miserable. There are cheap and simple solutions a cat owner can get. Preventing worms is as easy as getting cat worm medication. It should be administered on a regular basis.

Some owners think medication isn’t necessary and that it’s impossible that their cat was exposed to worms. They’re all wrong. Most cats have at least one episode of having worms in their lifetime. It’s vital to take care of this problem when dealing with newborn kittens. It’s possible for a cat to be born with worms. That’s why many vets de-worm them right away.  

Pyrantel pamoate or Drontal are common medications used by owners but there are also natural cat health supplements as a viable option. It can be administered in either liquid or tablet form. It’s difficult to get them to take the tablet. Even putting it in food doesn’t always make it easier. When they smell medicine, they stay away. Many are choosing to give their cats the medication with a syringe in the back of the mouth. A liquid form is often the easiest way to get it in them. They must swallow it.

It’s important to care for the health of your cat. They’re a valued member of the family. Treat common health problems as they arise. It’s what’s in your cat’s best interest.

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