Cats are feisty and independent, but they can also be prone to illness. It’s important to know what cat health problems are common so you can recognize them early enough to get treatment. The following list highlights some of the most common cat diseases: heart disease, skin problems, kidney disease, liver disease, and more.
Skin problems are common in cats, and they can be caused by allergies, infections, or other conditions. Some skin problems can be treated with medication and others require surgery.
Some of the most common cat health problems include:
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in cats. It can be caused by a number of factors, including obesity and diabetes. Heart disease symptoms include coughing (especially at night), trouble breathing, weakness or lethargy, loss of appetite and weight loss.
Kidney disease is the most common disease in cats. The kidneys are responsible for removing waste products from your cat’s body, so if they’re not working properly, there can be lots of health problems. Symptoms of kidney disease include weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea, which can happen when your cat’s body tries to get rid of excess fluid or salt by throwing it up, and decreased appetite (because there isn’t enough good stuff left in their system).
There are many causes of kidney failure: genetics plays a role; some viruses can cause damage to the kidneys; toxins like lead or mercury poisoning can affect them too. Treatments include diet changes (like low-protein diets), medication (to control high blood pressure), and surgery if your pet needs it.
Liver disease is a common health problem in cats. It’s usually caused by a build-up of fat in the liver, which can lead to serious complications. In some cases, it may be caused by a virus or bacteria, or even parasites!
Cats with liver disease may have an enlarged abdomen (belly). They may also experience vomiting and diarrhea as well as weight loss and yellowing of their skin or gums due to jaundice (a condition where bile builds up in tissues).
Cats can get many of the same diseases as humans. In fact, cats are at higher risk for certain diseases because they share some of the same genes as us. This means that if you have a family history of cancer or heart disease, your cat may be at risk for developing those conditions too.
Cancer: Cancer is one of the most common conditions in both cats and humans. It’s an abnormal growth or mass caused by uncontrolled cell division and spread throughout the body via tumor cells (tumors). Many types of cancers exist but this article focuses on two main types: carcinoma (cancers originating from epithelial cells) and sarcoma (cancers originating from connective tissue cells).
Carcinomas often affect areas where there are high concentrations of sweat glands such as underarms or groin area while sarcomas tend to grow on tendons or ligaments around joints like kneecaps which makes them tougher to treat than other types because they’re harder to reach surgically without damaging surrounding structures like tendons/ligaments etc. Other sites include mouth/throat lining; esophagus; stomach lining; colon walls & rectum area – so don’t think only external areas need checking!
If your cat is having any cat health problems, it’s important to get them checked out by a vet as soon as possible. You can avoid many issues by keeping up on your cat’s checkups and vaccinations (including those for rabies), but sometimes there are things that we just can’t predict or prevent. If you notice anything unusual with your pet’s behavior or appearance, even if it seems minor at first glance–like something wrong with their eyesight, it’s best not to take any chances and get them looked at right away.
This post was published on 13/05/2023
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