When we feel pain or throbbing in our bodies, we can effortlessly communicate our concerns to our doctor. Cats cannot do this. But if you simply watch them, you can tell see a lot. Every cat owner should exercise cat care and awareness daily.
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the most feared disease known to cat owners. It is a recognized fact, that it is the leading cause of death among the cat population. It is caused by a coronavirus infection and the symptoms are quite a bit like other diseases; therefore it is very difficult to diagnose.
There is also Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) which is similar to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Like the version in humans, it is a life long infection that progresses slowly and eventually kills the cat.
Cats may as well be infected by Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). This disease is a retrovirus that causes fatal cancerous and non cancerous diseases... This disease is transmissible through the saliva, urine, feces and tears of other cats that are infected. But unlike the other two diseases, it is unable to live long in the environment. For this reason, it is only transmissible when the infected cat stays with some other cat for any period of time.
There is also feline diabetes, most commonly found in obese cats. If you notice an excess of urination and thirst and weight loss; consult your veterinarian. Recent research studies have proved that there is a relationship between pancreatic disease, hormonal imbalance and certain medications.
The warning signs of most of the diseases mentioned quite alike. These include, vomiting, diarrhea lameness lasting for more than 5 days in one leg, seizure a reduction in vision, excessive panting, a, blood in the stool or urine, fur loss, constant coughing or gagging and breathing heavily or rapidly. . Make no delay; take your cat to your trusted veterinarian for tests.
The tests will likely cover blood, urine and feces samples. Input from you, about any observation you have made will be very important. When the tests results return, only then will the proper treatment be given to your feline since each case is different.
Keep your eyes on your cat every day. Feed him/her better-quality food, fresh water, make sure he/she gets plenty of exercise, proper grooming, and keep your feline inside.