Principles of Cat Health Care
Every cat owner has concerns about cat health issues. Cats and kittens become beloved family members. No one wants to see their feline friends suffering from cat illnesses. Loving cat owners make an effort to provide the best cat and kitten health care they can.
The most important thing you can do to prevent your cat from getting sick is giving him quality food and make sure he or she doesn't get obese. A lot of cat diseases, like feline diabetes, are more common in fat cats and really fat cats are more common than you may think. It is estimated that 2 out of every 5 house cats in the US are obese. An obese cat is not just a moderately fat cat, but one that is so fat that they are predisposed to have cat health problems like feline diabetes and arthritis. Obesity is a serious cat health problem. One of the main reasons for the high proportion of really fat cats is the practice of free choice feeding. This means keeping the food dish stocked with food any time kitty asks for it.
Another problem and cause of a lot of cat diseases is the carbohydrate content in dry foods. Cats are really carnivores and are not designed to eat grain foods. A meat diet of very small meals throughout the day is one way to help a cat lose weight.
One of the most important aspects of cat health care is to get your cat vaccinated. Amongst others vaccines, your cat needs an annual rabies vaccination. Feline leukemia virus, which is usually fatal, can also be controlled by a vaccine. Feline distemper is one of the most common cat health problems, and a very widespread cat disease. The good news is that there are also vaccines for this cat illness, which causes the death of 75 per cent of the kittens that get it. A cat with feline distemper will have diarrhea and vomiting, and be weak and shaky.
There may be a question of cat nose health if a cat has a chronically runny nose or sneezes frequently. Cats can be afflicted with allergies to environmental irritants or to certain foods (dry food). Another cat health problem that can cause sneezing and snorting is an infection around the teeth roots. Nasal polyps are a common cat health problem that requires sedation to diagnose. Cats sometimes get a disease called feline viral rhinotracheitis which causes sneezing and a discharge from the nose and eyes.
Normal cat sounds indicate much about health and communication. A higher pitched cat meow generally means a cat is happy, while a lower pitched meow can indicate anxiety. Growls and hisses of course mean that the cat is getting agitated, and you should be very careful around the cat. It can be a sign of poor cat health when a cat loses its meow. The cat might have tonsillitis, allergies, or an infection of the throat.
Flea control is also an important part of cat health care. The best remedies for fleas are insecticides from the vet used properly. Natural methods, while helpful, will usually not get rid of a serious flea infestation.
If your cat spends a lot of time outdoor, it might get infected with intestinal worms. When your cat is not as active as it normally is, has diarrhea, looses weight or has a dull fur, then changes are that your feline friend has intestinal worms such as roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms or whipworms. Have your vet check some stool sample of your cat if you suspect he or she has worms. Some intestinal worms are also harmful for humans.
For your cats' health, it pays to practice preventive cat health care measures. Make it a habit to visit your vet at least once a year for a check up. Let the vet check your cat's dental health and keep up with the shots schedule. He will also be able to answer other health questions.