Common and Sometimes Silent Cat Diseases
Cats are experts at hiding illness, causing a problem for guardians and veterinarians alike. In addition, long haired cats can hide underlying problems, and pets in multiple cat households can be hard to observe for problems.
Here are some of the more common diseases and symptoms to watch for:
1. Chronic Kidney Disease
2. High Thyroid
3. Heart Disease
5. Intestinal Inflammation
6. Sugar Diabetes
7. Dental Disease Causing Decaying Teeth
Symptoms of these diseases include:
Weight loss - Weigh your cat periodically with a baby scale. This is especially important in long-haired cats.
Poor appetite - Measure how much food you feed and how much is eaten.
Lethargy - Laying around more than usual, not looking out the window or playing as much, or wanting to be petted.
Drinking more than usual - Monitor how much water you put in the bowl.
Urinating more than usual - Check the litter pan for added urine.
Breathing faster than usual - This can be subtle, so monitor the breathing rate at the end of the day when all is calm. Anything over 30 breaths per minute is a potential problem. More importantly, look for a trend of an increasing respiratory rate over several days or weeks.
Diarrhea - Usually easily noted in the litter pan.
Hiding - Not only when visitors are around.
Bad breath - Place your face near your cat's mouth as he breathes and check for odor.
Some diseases are well entrenched even if you note these symptoms as soon as they start. If your cat consistently shows any of these problems, it is imperative you take him in for a veterinary exam ASAP.
Wishing you, your loved ones and pets a SAFE and very happy Summer, Suse. ❤