Unfortunately, our cats cannot speak up and tell us when they are feeling under the weather. By educating yourself about the signs and symptoms of some common feline diseases, you will be able to catch your kitty’s health problems before they develop into serious issues. If you start to notice that your cat is getting sick, do not wait to make an appointment at the vet. Read on for an overview of some of the most common illnesses that are seen in cats.
Feline leukemia is a very serious disease that is more common in kittens than adult cats. If a mother cat is infected when she gives birth, she will pass the disease on to her offspring. Some common symptoms of feline leukemia include respiratory issues, frequent bladder infections, or overall autoimmune dysfunction. While it is not possible to cure feline leukemia, your veterinarian can help to ease your cat’s symptoms.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV for short, is deadly for cats. Like HIV in humans, the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus slowly attacks a cat’s immune system and blood cells. When the disease advances, your cat may lose significant amounts of weight and stop eating. Typically, cats that are allowed outdoors are much more likely to contract FIV than cats that live exclusively in the house.
As your cat grows older, you will need to watch out for the signs and symptoms of renal failure. When an aging cat’s kidneys start to fail, they may start to develop symptoms such as vomiting, chronic dehydration, and increased urination. A veterinarian can provide diuresis and other treatments that will support your cat’s kidney functions.
At Horizon Animal Hospital, we will be happy to provide quality veterinary services to your feline companion. Along with treating diseases, we also provide excellent preventative care for both dogs and cats in the Tucson area. If you would like to make an appointment with one of our friendly veterinarians, give us a call at (480) 800-4559.