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Top 12 Most Common Feline Health Problems (Pt 2)

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If you have a cat, make sure you know the 12 most common feline health problems . Below continues our series on cat health. Read pt. 1 for the first 4 most common cat health problems.

5. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases aka. (FLUTD)

FLUTD is actually a collection of feline diseases and conditions that affect the bladder and urethra.  It can affect both male and female cats.

Most common causes of FLUTD:

  • Overweight cats
  • Cats that eat dry food
  • Stress
  • Multi-Cat household
  • Sudden changes
  • Antibiotics


  • Straining to pee
  • Blood in their urine
  • Peeing in unusual places (indicates urgency and incontinence)
  • Crying when urinating
  • Licking around the urethra due to pain
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite

If your cat is having trouble urinating, you need to bring them to the vet immediately. A urinary tract problem can be a symptom of something serious, or become something serious very quickly.


6. Infectious Disease

The most common infections in cats are respiratory.  Some of these can be prevented with vaccinations, so make sure to update your shots.

Symptoms of Infection

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Teary Eyes
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

If an infection is viral, there is not much that can be done but to treat the symptoms and let the virus run its course. If the infection is bacterial, the vet may prescribe antibiotics.  If you think your cat has an infection, make sure to take them to the vet because some infections can be fatal.

7. Cancer

The most common kind of feline cancer is Lymphosarcoma, which is associated with feline leukemia. You can get a vaccination for feline leukemia to help prevent infection.

Symptoms of cancer

  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Persistent skin infections
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden lameness (limping)
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Difficulty defecating (pooing)

Treatment depends on the stage and type of cancer. It can include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Treatment recommendations will be made by your vet after your cat is diagnosed and evaluated.

8. Heartworms

Cats are often thought to be immune to heartworm, however this is not true. Though dogs are at a much higher risk, cats can still get them and there is evidence showing that more cats are getting heartworm than previously thought. Treating heartworm in cats is very difficult. The good news is that many cats are able to fight it off on their own. The bad news is, is that heartworm can be fatal. The best treatment is prevention. Preventing your cat from getting heartworm is the only way to make sure they do not die from heartworm. Heartgard is an excellent and easy prevention for heartworms in both cats and dogs.  Come into the clinic to get your supply.