Cat Diseases and Symptoms

Cat Diseases and Symptoms

Like other family members, even cats need immediate medical attention when they are ill. But how do you recognize that your pet is not feeling well? A chart with common cat diseases and symptoms enlisted in it, will be of some help perhaps.
Cats are well-known for their keen sense of hearing and the ability to see at night. Not just are they armed with excellent memory, but are also very good at behavioral communication. They learn by observation and experience, and convey their feeling by resorting to behavioral changes. If you really love your pet cat, you won't find it difficult to catch the slightest change in its behavior, which can very well be a sign of some underlying illness.

Like humans, even cats suffer from various health problems, including heart diseases, kidney problems, skin problems, hormonal disorders, digestive system diseases, stress, eye problems, and so on. Not only medication, but a lot of love and affection is what is required to ensure a speedy recovery of your pet. A normal healthy cat can live for about 15 years, and when we talk about the health of your cat, the care that you provide has a crucial role to play.

List of Common Cat Diseases and Symptoms

CategoryName of The DiseaseSymptomsTreatment
Eye DiseaseCat eye dischargePus-like sticky mucus or clear-watery discharge, reddened eyeAllergy treated with hydrocotisone medication, bacterial infection treated with antibiotics and ointments, fungal infection treated with antifungal medication
Eye DiseaseGlaucomaSquinting, redness of the pupil, or one pupil appearing larger than the otherProper medication
Eye DiseaseCataractsOpaque eye lens, light does not reach retinaLens transplant surgery
Eye DiseaseNeonatal conjunctivitisFormation of crust sealing the eyelids of kitten, bulging eyesBoric acid eyewash
Eye DiseaseIris melanomaChanged iris color, black spot in the eye, thickening of irisMedication, or removal of the eye
Eye DiseaseBlindness in catsStress and hypertension, dilated pupils, bloody eye chambersProper medication, stress removal therapy, lots of love and attention
Viral DiseaseFeline herpesReddened eye, eye discharge, running nose, fever, drooling, loss of appetiteProper medication, herpes vaccination
Heart DiseaseHeart murmur in catsVet can detect other abnormal sounds apart from the normal pumping of the heart (replacing the normal 'lub-dub' sound with a 'whosh' sound), sudden weight loss, lethargy, pale gums, improper growth in kitten, loss of appetite, abnormal breathingProper medication, care
Heart DiseaseCardiomyopathy in catsInactive cat, poor appetite, bony back, enlarged liver, pantingProper medication to alleviate the thyroid, radioactive iodine therapy or thyroid surgery, ACE inhibitors to improve cardiac function
Body DiseaseParasites in catsWeight loss, diarrhea, and bloody, tarry stools, unhealthy fur coat, pot bellied appearance, vomiting, loss of appetite, spaghetti-like worms observed in vomit or feces, and bacterial pneumoniaOral de-worming medication, proper food
Body DiseaseArthritisLimping, stiffness in limb, reluctance to walk or jump, swollen or enlarged joints, visible pain and discomfortAnti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers, glucosamine and chondroitin, use of heating pad on the affected joint
Body DiseaseCat sores in neck, mouth, chin, lips, legsScratching of skin leading to bald patches and reddened skin, increased irritability, acnes on chin, ulcerated appearance of the soreApplication of antibiotic ointment and oral medication, proper attention to cat health
Body DiseaseParalysis in catsParalyzed limbs or laryngeal muscles collapse leading to change in voice, difficulty in breathing while eatingProper medication according to the causes of paralysis
Body DiseaseFeline diabetesSudden weight loss or gain, excessive thirst and urination, weakness, dehydration, loss of appetite or increased appetite, and breathing problemsChange in diet, high fiber diet, and proper medication
Skin DiseaseHair loss in catsExcessive hair loss causing bald patches on the skin, skin may appear red with small bumps and blisters.Proper medication according to the underlying disease, providing balanced diet, controlling stress and anxiety
Skin DiseaseCat dandruffDry, flaky skin, hair loss, itchingProper medication, providing nutritious cat food, maintaining humidity at home
Hormonal DisorderCushing's diseaseExcessive thirst and eating, frequent urination, panting, muscle weakness, enlarged liverDepending on the underlying cause, herbal medicines to maintain cortisol levels

Cats are loving, friendly, and loyal. So, it goes without saying that you should take care of your cat very well, so that it can lead a healthy and stress-free life.