Most Common Diseases of Pet Cats

Cats are favorite pets amongst women as they seem the more feminine choice when compared to other pets such as dogs. They exude the allure and profess the secrecy that is common to womanhood and you can’t really seem to understand them, even if you try very hard to.

Cats, like women, are very hard to get, both figuratively and literally speaking, but if you manage to find their weaknesses then, whether if it’s for the better or not, they are yours for life.

Cats relatively tend to live long lives, not to mention their proverbial nine ones, but there apparently are some things that seem to disagree with that assumption. We’re talking about the various kinds of cat diseases that are very prevalent in the feline pet population of our country.

It is therefore very important to know about them if we are to protect our beloved pets from ever suffering from them. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are several examples of prevalent diseases in cats, know about them and be guided accordingly.

Roundworms

Roundworms in cats are intestinal parasites that are very common, that it is believed that almost eighty percent of all cats have it. They are acquired when a cat eats rodents or any other animals, or foods that harbor the worm or its eggs. It hatches and matures inside the cat’s body and can grow up to a length of four inches. Most kittens also have it as it is passed through the mother’s milk during breastfeeding. Symptoms of roundworm infection include weight loss, dullness of coat, inflated bellies, vomiting and diarrhea.

Pancreatitis

Cats get pancreatitis mostly through the consumption of food tainted with harmful substances such as pesticides and organophosphates. They can also get it thru direct trauma to the area where the pancreas is generally located, as well as from some kinds of viral infections. Symptoms of pancreatitis in cats include dehydration, chronic vomiting, rapid breathing, and lower than normal body temperatures. If many of these symptoms are exhibited by your cat, it is prudent that you bring him to the vet immediately as pancreatitis is the second most potent killer of cats.

Mange

You will know when your cat has mange. Mange in cats is characterized by patches of hardened skin that looks reddish and almost raw. There is no hair in the area of the patches and it is so very itchy, that your cat can’t resist scratching on it constantly. Mange is caused by tiny, blood feeding mites in the cat’s body which they got from other cats, even from dogs or any other warm blooded animals. The scabs are formed from continuous scratching at the area where the mites are, mainly because they excrete an enzyme to the cat’s skin when they are feeding.

Diabetes

Apparently diabetes is not only prevalent in humans but in cats as well. Feline diabetes cause is primarily from the diet of the modern cat which is rich in processed sugar as well as other synthetic additives. Symptoms of diabetes in cats mimic the human ones such as being always thirsty, weight loss, frequent urination, decreased appetite, and bad breath among other things.