Common Diseases That Can Affect Your Pet Cat

cat careBeing a pet owner comes with many responsibilities.

You want your pet to have good food, shelter and a warm environment. Besides this, you are also responsible for your cat’s health.

Cats like any other pets and human beings for that matter are prone to develop diseases throughout their lives.

The trick is to spot the tell-tale signs concerning your pet’s health. The best person for this job is the vet but you also have a role to play in ensuring your pet is in good health.

Their health is determined by many factors including grooming and vaccination. Do some research on some of the cat diseases and their symptoms. Here is brief description of some of the cat diseases.

Rabies

This disease is one of the most common pet diseases. It is a viral disease that is transmitted through saliva of infected animals and animal bites. Rabies is fatal for affected cats and other pets.

Cats that are at a higher risk of being infected with rabies are stray cats as they are at a larger risk of being bitten by wild animals. Like any other cat disease, this cat disease has symptoms that you can identify.

The cat disease symptoms include hydrophobia (your cat develops a hatred for water which is unusual), anxiety, depression, aggressive behavior and withdrawal.

To protect your cat from this cat disease, you can get your dog vaccinated against rabies. This is also required by the law.

Upper respiratory infections (URLs)

This cat disease is similar to the common disease in humans but it can be fatal if left untreated. These cat disease symptoms include a runny nose, reddened eyes, fever, and a decreased appetite.

Cats may get these infections from airborne diseases through human managing and other cats. They might also get the diseases from contact from contaminated tools such as grooming tools and the litter box. If you have a new cat then it is advisable that you separate it from the other cats to see if it has the infection.

Basically, you can protect your cat from this disease by having it vaccinated. If your cat starts developing this cat disease symptoms that are mentioned above contact your vet immediately and leave no space for the disease to change form.

Feline distemper

This cat disease is highly contagious. It can be transmitted through human contact, paws, infected cats, cat hairs. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.

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