Cat Illnesses – Prevent Them!

Carry Out Routine Examinations at Home and Catch Cat Illnesses at Early Stage

Cat illnesses are threat to every cat owner. One of the best ways to safeguard feline health is to know what is normal for your cat and to be on look out for physical and behavioral changes at all times.

You can “catch” cat disorders:

* By including a mini physical check into your grooming routine
* By keeping track how much your cat eats and drinks
* Observing how often she visits the litter box
* By noticing how her demeanor changes

Train your cat to be examined for cat illnesses
Keep accurate records of your cat’s weight

Training your cat to be examined means that you can carry out some home diagnoses. Routines home exams reveal problems early, when they are easiest to treat. It is much easier and faster for a vet to make a diagnosis on a cat that allows itself to be examined.

Do not try to do all of the following in a single session. Examine one area, then reward your cat with games, petting and treats.

To prevent cat illnesses check weight, mobility and appearance
Weight yourself on your bathroom scales while carrying your cat, then subtract your own weight to get your cat’s.

A change of 225g (8 oz) may not be visibly noticed but it is often of medical significance, so your scales should be very accurate.

Any of the following symptoms warrants seeing your vet the same day:

  • Sudden difficulty getting up, down or comfortable
  • Staggering, falling over or walking in circles
  • Overacting to light, sound or touch
  • Holding one side of the head down
  • Unexpected restlessness
  • Bloated belly
  • Unusual chest movements
  • Muscle spasms
  • Any acute body swelling
  • Crying, moaning or wailing

Taking these simple steps will enable you to catch most cat illnesses in their early stages, when they may be most curable.

In addition, schedule regular veterinary checkups. Your veterinarian will tell you how often your cat needs to come in for well-pet visits, which will include vaccinations, based upon your cat’s age and state of health.

The more observant you are, the early you will catch cat illnesses and the healthier your pet is likely to be.

List with common cat illnesses

1) External cat parasites – flea, tick, mites, and lice.

2) Learn about flea life cycle

3) Internal feline parasites – roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, coccidia, giardia.

4) Feline toxoplasmosis – prevent toxoplasmosis infection.

5) Ear problems – cat ear mites

6) Feline eyes – cat eye problem

7) Feline heart – cat disease heart in

8) Feline skin – cat skin diseases

9) Feline skeletal problems – cat skeleton

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