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Common Illnesses In Cats - Get To Know What Ails Your Pet

Apr 11, 2008
Your feline may appear healthy at this time but it is imperative that you recognize cats do sporadically acquire several widespread cat related disorders. In general, appropriate feline diet combined with daily grooming tends to eradicate many related health risks for your cat. In the event you perceive a drastic transformation in your cat's behavior or its daily activities tend to be modified, you should immediately consult with your pet's veterinarian. It is as a rule better to be safe then sorry when the health of your cat is concerned.

When it comes to hair balls, most cats are responsible for them. It does not matter if your cat has short hair or long. They will still form hair balls. To prevent this, you can brush and comb their hair. Frequently, it is not only the formation of hairballs that it prevents but other ailments. Brushing helps in removing dead hair strands that may end up swallowed by your cat.

Adding a small quantity like a teaspoonful of fish oil to their food on a weekly basis would aid in making the swallowed dead hairs to be safely ejected with their faeces through their digestive system. Feeding cats daily with (canned) pumpkin and a little bran are also good for their general well being. Cats that do not have a long ancestral history of highly refined domestication, and who still retain some of their wild traits, get over most of their mild ailments by chewing on some types of grass and other wild plants found growing freely in untended backyards.

The biggest enemies of the cats are the fleas who create havoc in their lives by causing immense distress to them mentally and emotionally and spreading diseases apart from being itchy and allergic. Regular grooming and use of flea collars are recommended for the combat of the flea menace and their resultant ailments. There are many environmental safe powders and sprays to be applied on their furs for the control of fleas besides giving a pleasant odor to your cat. If your cat is highly infested with fleas, then you may ask your vet for some flea inoculations too.

A cat scratching badly inside its ears is a positive indication of a large scale presence of ear mites or a heavy buildup of wax inside the ears, both of which can cause much pain and agony to your cat. A veterinarian may easily spot these in his examination of the cat and prescribe medicines that could be easily administered to greatly relieve the cat of its agony and pain. Early detection and prompt treatment for mites and wax is very important to prevent long term damage to its health including the impairment of its hearing.

Cats are also affected with mental and emotional distress, usually created by trauma from a change such as moving or relocating. It may be hard for your adult cat to adapt to the new surroundings. There are even cases of cats traveling back to their original homes by foot regardless of its distance. One thing you have to understand about cats is that they take their territory seriously and will fully protect their property. Humans do not recognize the fences that they build to protect their territory. It is only cats who can tell from their markings of urine and fecal matter.

Like humans, some of their major ailments too start with minor symptoms and could be easily averted through alertness and prompt treatment at the early stages itself. Therefore a visit to your veterinarian would be well worth your trouble at the slightest visible signs of departure from your cat's normal behavioral patterns such as for instance brooding, vomiting, loss of appetite or changed patters in eating habits and eating times, so as to save your cat from much pain, agony and sometimes death itself.
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