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Top 12 Most Common Feline Health Problems (Pt 1)

Cat health eatingDo you have a cat?  Do you know the 12 most common feline health problems?  Many of these health issues have simple treatment and prevention options. Read the top 12 most common cat health problems so you know how to help prevent, identify and treat them in your cat.

1. Vomiting

Vomiting is likely the most common health problem in cats, as well as the one that is the most frustrating to cat owners.  Vomiting can be anything from eating something bad, to infection, to a hairball.   What characterizes a hairball from throw up is the presence of hair verses food content.

If your cat is throwing up a lot of hair, you may consider increasing how frequently you brush your cat to reduce the amount of hair they are ingesting from bathing.

Vomiting is often preceded by drooling, abdominal heaving and hacking sounds. If your cat is throwing up a lot, they may be at risk of dehydration. If your cat is vomiting a lot, we suggest you call the vet and get them checked out to make sure that something isn’t wrong.

2. Fleas

If your cat is an outdoor, or indoor/outdoor, cat then they are at a higher risk of getting fleas. This is a common ailment for cats, and thankfully easily treated.

Signs of Fleas:

  • Tiny black dots (or dirt) on their skin
  • Scratching
  • Heavy licking
  • Red or irritated skin
  • Hair loss
  • Skin infection
  • Hot spots

Fleas can live for a long time on your pet and in your house. They can live longer than a year! If your cat has fleas, you will need to treat your cat and your house. Read this post on how to treat your pet and house for fleas.

To treat a flea infestation you need to apply Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment as soon as you notice symptoms. The earlier the treatment starts, the faster it will be effective. You may need to continue treatment for a few months to ensure that they have been completely eradicated. Frontline also works as a flea prevention, and when it comes to fleas prevention is the most effective treatment.

3. Tapeworms

Tapeworms are likely one of the most common and yuckiest common health problems in cats. Tape worms live inside your cats small intestine and get get a long as 2 feet!  Tapeworm is contracted by eating an infected host, which is most commonly a flea. So when you are treating for fleas you are proactively treating for tapeworm!

Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Small white worms, or grains of rice/seeds, around the anus or in their poo.
  • Scooting or dragging their bum due to anal irritation

Treatment includes oral or topical medication as well as a flea treatment. Read more about tapeworm in cats.

4. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is simply loose, watery poo. Sometimes it will last only a day, or it can go on for months. Diarrhea can be caused by:

  • Hairballs
  • Bad food
  • Allergies
  • Infection
  • Liver Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Change of diet
  • Parasites (ie. tapeworm)
  • Colitis
  • Medication

…to name a few.

If your cat have diarrhea make sure to give them plenty of fresh water to help prevent dehydration.You may want to remove their food for a day and replace it with fresh food. If the diarrhea lasts longer than a day, or it is accompanied with vomiting, or blood in the stool, you should talk them to the vet