Cats are very fragile animal. Loves to be at home, sleeping most of the time of a day cats are those animals who are prone to diseases very quickly. cat diseases are very common and quite in numbers. But with proper care, diet, vaccination and veterinarians they can get a long and healthy life. Here we have discusses some of the cat diseases which are very common and every owner of cat should be aware of as National Cat Day is not so far.
Skin Cancer is one of the common diseases of cats. The epidermis, or the skin, consists of several layers. Where the outer layer is made up of scale like cells called the squamous epithelium, the layer of tissue covers the surface of much of the body, and creates the cavities of the body. A squamous cell carcinoma, which is a type of a cancer, that creates in the squamous epithelium. It may come up with a white plaque, or a raised bump on the skin. Often the raised mass that will necrotize in the center and ulcerate, and occasional bleeding. Long term exposure to sunlight/UV rays is one of the major cause of this fatal disease. Symptoms like Bowen’s Disease in which the skin changes its color and develops an ulcer in the center. Hair in the sore falls out easily, gets dried, they also get crusty material on the hair near the sore, as many as 30 sores on the head, neck and shoulders. Ulcers and Growths or Tumors are also counted as symptom. You need to give your veterinarian a complete history of your cat’s health to get the proper treatment.
Vomiting is a condition by the contents of the stomach being ejected. Chronic vomiting, meanwhile, is marked by the long duration or frequency of said vomiting. Diseases of the stomach and upper intestinal tract are the primary are the reasons for this type vomiting. Secondary implications are diseases of other organs that add toxic substances in the blood, stimulating the vomiting. Cause can be various like Ulcer, cancer, gastritis, liver failure, kidney failure, bladder obstruction or rupture, pancreatitis, pancreatic tumors, inner ear diseases, Addison’s disease, elevated thyroid function, heart-worm disease, ingestion of foreign object, feline panleukopenia virus, Ketoacidosis (a form of diabetes), uterine infection (specially as the cat reaches middle age); the causes csn be various. Take your pet to the veterinary help.
Ibuprofen is one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication commonly used on man as a pain reliever and to reduce fever. It is available in many formulations like Advil, Motrin, Midol as well as in prescription strength medications. But when it is relatively safe for people, it can be toxic for cats and has a relatively narrow margin of safety, means that, it is safe for cats only within a very narrow dosage range. The cause of poisoning is the ingestion of Advil or other medications containing ibuprofen. Vomiting, diarrhea, bloody feces, blood in vomit, Nausea, weight loss, lack of appetite, gastric (stomach) ulcers and perforation, Increased thirst, increased urination, decreased or lack of urine, seizures, in-coordination are some of its fatal condition that can take your pet to Coma and even Death. Seek medical help the moment you find the symptoms and poisoning.
Aggression is one of the most common physical conditions of cats. Many aggressive signs are accompanied by, such as a fearful body posture and facial expression with submissive behavior. Some cats exhibit these signs if they are cornered and cannot escape, or are provoked. There are a different types of aggression, including interact, predatory, territorial and all the things are induced by fear, pain or punishment. Staring, stalking, hissing, Swatting, pouncing, showing teeth, arched back, tail is straight up, ears are pulled back, dilated pupils, raised hair on the back are must be counted as a sign. Along with attacking with claws and teeth, marking a territory by chin-rubbing or spraying, drawing in the limbs (purpose: hide neck and belly). In some cases cats can born with an aggressive personality type, too. Also, if the cat had no human contact before the tender age of three months, or has not had social interaction with other cats, it simply does not know how to behave appropriately.
Asthma is something that includes lower respiratory tract, or lower airways, also the bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli. Chronic bronchitis is a long-standing inflammation of the lower respiratory tract of a cat. The condition of asthma includes both acute and long-term or chronic inflammation of the lower airways. If left untreated the chronic inflammation in the lower airway, may leads to fibrosis. Coughing, sneezing, difficulty in breathing (some cats breath with an open mouth), poor appetite, weakness, lethargy, fast breathing with effort, blue coloration of skin and the mucous membranes are some of the physical conditions that they display if they got Asthma. So be conscious enough to understand them and take proper care.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a behavioral disorder where a cat will engage in repetitive, exaggerated behaviors that are seemingly without purpose. Repetitive vocalizations; and eating, sucking, or chewing on fabric are some of its prominent symptoms. There are reasons why this disorder mostly aggravates because of Owner’s response plays towards its cats; stress as a result of changes in surroundings, more common in indoor cats due to the stress of confinement enhances this mental disorder. To diagnose the issue a complete blood profile can be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis, to begin the process of confirming or ruling out physical and mental causes for the behavior.
Cats are pampered animal. They need proper care to maintain a good health. But if they fall prey of some dangerous disease please do take good care of them, as it is very inhuman to abandon them when they need you the most.