Common House Cat Health Issues

Cats don’t require (or want) much of your attention as they’re very good at self-maintenance. But, even cats need your care and attention to prevent some of the most common cat health issues and diseases. Here are some of them and the type of symptoms to expect from each one.

1. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)

Feline lower urinary tract diseases are a group of diseases with multiple causes. Both female and male cats can get FLUTD, and it happens very commonly on overweight or unit cats. ThoseThose who only eat dry food is also more likely to have it. FLUTD symptoms include:

  • Straining to urinate.
  • Bloody urine.
  • Crying when urinating.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Licking around the urinary area.

2. Tapeworms

By far, one of the most common houses cat health issues is tapeworms. These can live in a cat’s small intestine and grow as long as two feet. Weight loss, vomiting, and a bleeding anus or feces with blood are the most common symptoms of tapeworms in cats. You may even see small white worms that look like grains of rice in their stool. In that case, your cat likely has tapeworms.

3. Fleas

Fleas are a very common health issue, even on house cats. You can notice flea dirt on your cat’s skin, and they’ll constantly be scratching, have hair loss, and frequent licking in the area. If not addressed, fleas can be a severe problem, so talk with your vet about the best flea control treatment for your cat.

4. Eye Problems

Many cats develop eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, viruses, and inflammation. You’ll notice tear-stained fur, cloudiness, red or white eyelid linings, and gunk in the corner of their eyes if they have an infection. It’s important to figure out the cause of your cat’s eye problem to find the appropriate treatment.

5. Diabetes

Many house cats can struggle with diabetes. It can be managed in many cases, but knowing the root cause is essential. For most cats, diabetes comes due to genetics or obesity. Symptoms include weight loss, dehydration, changes in appetite, lethargy, and sweet-smelling breath. If you notice these signs, speak to your vet to follow up with the appropriate tests and treatments.

Geraldine Orentas is a writer in partnership with leading stethoscope distributor

By Lee Chun Hei