Diseases & Healthcare

As is the case with humans, cats can also run into health-related problems over the course of their life. A qualified veterinarian can greatly improve the quality of life for a sick cat.



Diseases

There is more to taking good care of a pet than just providing some food and shelter. Pets need attention, kindness, and sometimes a little help. One of the more tricky parts to spotting illness in a cat is their’ natural reluctance to show that they are in pain. But that does not mean they don’t suffer from it as we do! It is therefore on the owner to do frequent checks for diseases, infections, possible injuries, and parasites.

This page and its underlying articles should help you get a basic idea of things to look out for, and may show what kinds of questions you could ask during a trip to the vet.

Mental health
Mental health conditions are sadly often overlooked in cats. mainly because symptoms are usually nonspecific. One of the most common causes of depression in indoor cats is a lack of stimulation throughout the day. Cats kept indoors really do need their playtime to stay happy and fit.

You can solve this problem by buying a few products to make life more interesting for your indoor cat. Products like interactive puzzle feeders, foraging toys, and automatic magic balls can go a long way.

Renal diseases
The kidneys have a vital function in the body. When the organ suddenly fails as a result of food poisoning or starts to deteriorate due to poor diet choices or old age, this can have a severe impact on your pet’s general health. Chronic kidney disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in older cats.

Treatment of chronic kidney disease is certainly possible and can have a profound positive effect on the quality of life for CKD cats. But not just cats with CKD need a regular trip to the vet: yearly checkups are essential for the early detection of chronic renal problems.

Gum Disease
An often overlooked but crucial aspect of caring for cats is maintaining their oral hygiene. Keeping gingivitis in check by routinely removing plaque and tartar with a brush or wipes prevents periodontal disease. A range of products is available on the market to help you maintain your cat’s oral hygiene.

Feline diabetes
When the body becomes insensitive to insulin, it will have major problems maintaining normal levels of the sugar glucose in the blood. This is also known as type 2 diabetes; the type that cats mostly suffer from. Treating diabetes is possible by applying a restrictive diet that is lower in carbohydrates. Vets can also offer other forms of treatment.

Hairballs
Cats spend a good amount of the day taking care of their fur with their tongue and paws. This grooming ritual is also a part of the social behaviors amongst cats that live together. Loose hairs that are swallowed can clog together over time and form a hairball: a ball in the back of the throat that can lead to irritations and blockages if it is not expelled in due time.