Maintaining a cat in good health is largely a matter of common sense coupled with attention to detail. A regular check-up about once a week, which can be carried out while the cat is resting on your lap, will bring to light many incipient disorders, such as parasites, skin problems, sore gums or ears or over long claws.
Signs of illness in a cat is generally obvious even to an inexperience eye. The coat will be looking rough instead of being sleek and glossy, and is because it ceases to groom itself properly.
A sick cat soon begins to appear scruffy.
It is important to notice when a cat is even slightly off-colour because some diseases run a swift course.
CAT HEALTH A-Z issues :
An abcess is a n accumulation of pus under the skin.
*What causes it? Most of the time it is effects of a cat fight. Usually occur around the head and neck, back and near the tail.
*How can it be treated? If the abscess has already burst, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Using a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water clean the area at least twice a day. Continue for 4 days. Thereafter wash with clean water for a further 3 days.
*When to consult the vet? If the abscess has not burst. Your vet will possibly give the cat an atibiotic shot.
Cats can be allergic to to certain chemicals, particular food or even plants.
*What causes it? Finding the cause is usually problematic. Consult your vet
*When to consult the vet? An allergy may be characterised by eczema, swelling, itchiness or sores. Always consult your vet
These signs are for example… difficulty getting up or lying down, cat does not want to jump or even walk in severe cases.
*What causes it? Ageing is the most common cause. Could also be inflammation of a joint caused by an old injury or possibly infection.
*How can it be treated? Exellent products are available, treatment under veterinary supervision is necessary.
*When to consult the vet? As soon as above symtoms become apparent.
Straining when passing faeces, loss of appetite and listlessness.
*What causes it? Constipation is in most cases related to diet and also common in older and long-haired cats.
*How can it be treated? Put a tablespoon of olive oil over the cat’s food. If the cat remains constipated after 12 hours take it to your vet. Commercial gels are also available from your pet shop and veterinarian.
*How to prevent it? Liver, milk, kidneys and diets with a high moisture content fed 2 to 3 times a week will help.
*When to consult the vet? When your cat is straing to defecate with few or no faeces and possibly vomiting.
Coughing should not be ignored if the cough persists.
*What causes it? Possible causes are:
* Lungworm infection from eating birds and rodents.
* Allergic bronchitis, some cats may be allergic to sprays and cat litter.
* Tight Collars.
* Pneumonia, which may occur as a complication of cat flu
*When to consult the vet? A persistent cough needs urgent veterinary treatment.