Common conditions

 

 

 

Top five Common Conditions in Cats

1Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is very common in older cats and is caused by the enlargement of the thyroid gland. Some of the symptoms include eating much more than usual, losing weight, diarrhoea and hyperactivity.

If your cat has any of these symptoms, your cat vet UK can diagnose it by checking your cat and doing some blood tests and palpation of thyroid gland.

This condition, although it is a chronic illness, can be treated and there are several different options that you can discuss with your cat vet, including diet, tablets, surgery or even radiation therapy.

3Abscesses

Abscesses can affect any cat, although more commonly outdoor cats that are in risk of having fights with other cats. Sometimes it is easy to spot the problem, as there can be an evident lump in the skin, but sometimes abscesses are more difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms can just be anorexia (not eating) and feeling lethargic.

An abscess is a very painful condition, and can produce a high fever that may make your cat feel very unwell.

A quick check by a recommended vet, such as Wylie Vets, will help detect the problem. Abscesses can be treated with antibiotics and pain relief and usually require minor surgery to lance and flush the abscess, which will make your cat feel much better in a small period of time.

5Gastrointestinal problems

One very common problem in cats is vomiting and/or diarrhoea. The causes for this vary, including a foreign body, to any systemic illness, to a bug, virus, or some diet indiscretion. Gastrointestinal problems usually require an expert cat vet to diagnose the cause.

Some cats need radiographs or blood tests, whilst others just require some injectable treatment. Cats that are severely affected will need to be admitted to a pet hospital to have IV fluids and medication.

2Kidney Disease

This is another common problem in more mature cats. A cat’s kidneys can stop working properly or can degenerate, although there are other causes that can cause a kidney failure. This is a life threatening problem and if detected early can be treated, although not cured, but certainly give your cat a better quality of life and possibly prolong its time with you.

Usually the owners notice their cat is drinking and urinating more than usual. The cat can start vomiting more frequently, having diarrhoea, feeling a bit under the weather, eating less or losing weight.

A blood and urine test will quickly diagnose the problem, and staging the kidney disease will help with the decision of whether to treat your cat or not, especially if there are other collateral issues, like high blood pressure, loss of protein in urine or dehydration.

4Low Urinary Tract Disease

Some cats have difficulty urinating and if you see your cat going too often to the tray, or going to the tray but not passing any urine, is better to take him/her to the vets. Some urinary problems are not too serious and can be treated with some pain relief; however, sometimes antibiotics may be required along with, diet changes or stress relief medication. Occasionally there is a more severe complication, such as a cat’s urethra being blocked and the animal being unable to pass any urine. This is more typical in overweight young male cats, which will need to be seen immediately by a vet to unblock the urethra. Failing to unblock the urethra can cause kidney failure.

Sometimes, especially if your cat goes outside for toileting, you won’t notice any other symptoms other than lethargy.

To discuss all your cat’s requirements, from health complications to cat neutering, cat vaccination prices to cat teeth cleaning, get in touch with Wylie Veterinary Practice, cat friendly vets you, and your cat, can rely on.