Just like humans, our pet cats need check-ups at least once a year, and it’s advisable to vaccinate them to prevent some of the most common diseases cats can suffer throughout their lives. Below we’ll talk about some of the most common diseases so you can discover how to prevent them and identify their symptoms.
One of the most common diseases suffered by cats. It consists of inflammation of the membrane that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Some of the symptoms it causes are excessive discharge and tearing, corneal clouding, redness, inflammation or oozing. If these symptoms are detected, the cat must be taken to the vet, as it can cause serious vision problems or even loss of sight if left untreated.
It consists of inflammation of the ear and is more common in young cats (up to 2 years). Signs of otitis are your cat shaking her head and meowing loudly, or you may notice a bad smell and a dark colour in the inner part of the ear. It may cause pain and temporary hearing loss, or, in the most severe cases, permanent deafness.
This is a viral disease that can be prevented by vaccination, but can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms include a lack of appetite, weakness, drowsiness and anaemia.
The disease commonly known as “distemper” is a serious viral infection caused by a parvovirus. It can also be prevented with a vaccine, and symptoms include high temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea, hypothermia or weakness.
Like us, cats be allergic to things as varied and common as pollen, perfumes or cleaning products, certain foods, or tobacco smoke, etc. Some may lead to dermatitis and symptoms are similar to those in humans: sneezing, coughing, runny nose or eyes, skin infections, etc.
If any of these symptoms are detected, you must take your cat to the vet as soon as possible. This will help to prevent your pet’s discomfort from developing into something more serious.