The Most Dangerous Feline Diseases: An Overview

Posted on Dec 26 2017 - 5:42pm by Admin

cat lying on its backA report by the Humane Society of the United States shows that there are over 70 million stray and feral cats wandering in the streets.

Cats residing in multi-cat homes, as well as outdoor cats, are at a great risk of diseases. However, strictly indoor cats as well as “only cats” in a home get diseases too.

Luckily, most cat diseases can be preventable, but only if you visit a veterinary hospital in Los Angeles for vaccination, or as soon as you identify unusual behavior in your cat. That said, here are the deadliest cats’ diseases you should learn about:

Feline Leukemia

This disease spreads through saliva, urine, and nasal discharge. Your cat could catch the disease from sharing water and food bowls, bites and scratches, as well as sharing premises with an infected cat.

Some cats display immediate signs of the illness, while others show after a few weeks. Various conditions characterize the presence of this disease in cats. They include infertility, anemia, cancer, skin infections among others.

Unfortunately, feline leukemia is not treatable, but one can prevent it through vaccination.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

Although it is comparable to HIV in humans, FIV is not sexually transmitted. Instead, cats transmit it via bite wounds, majorly by territorial tomcats and outdoor cats. Once the virus gets into the blood, it remains inactive until it develops into a full-blown disease.

Unfortunately, FIV is terminal since it attacks the immunity of your cat, increasing the possibility of diseases such as anemia, eye disease, lymph nodes, cancer, and ulcers of the tongue, among others. To prevent the disease, take your cat to the vet for vaccination, and try always to keep them indoors.

Renal Failure

This disease ranks among the major diseases that cause death in old cats. It occurs in two categories, namely acute and chronic renal failure. Acute is as a result of the abrupt stop in the normal functioning of the kidney, while the chronic type occurs due to the continued deterioration of the kidney function.

Although there is no curative medicine for this disease, you can adjust your cat’s diet to ease the symptoms, or take your cat to a veterinary clinic for diuresis.

Just like the human body, a cat’s body is difficult to understand and diagnose. That is why self-medicating your cat is highly discouraged. As such, if you suspect your cat is in a bad health condition, contact a veterinary doctor immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.