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    Cat Diseases Guide | KittenAds

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011
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    Cat diseases can be fairly common. Some of these cat illnesses can be prevented and cured. Some cats will be affected by a cat disease because it is hereditary. Whatever the reason, it is important for owners to know as much as they can about cat illnesses so that they can take the appropriate action in prevention and cure. For information on different cat diseases, see the following advice.

    Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)

    A URI can be compared to the common cold that we humans experience frequently. However, this kind of infection is a lot more serious in cats. In fact, if it is left without treatment, a cat could potentially die as it gets worse. URIs are normally transmitted through the air from other cats, or from humans who have had contact with an infected animal, their litter box and their food bowls. Symptoms to look out for include:
    • Sneezing
    • Runny nose
    • Swollen and watery eyes
    • Fever
    • Lack of appetite
    A visit to the vet will be necessary if these effects are witnessed. Vaccinations are available to prevent this type of cat disease.

    Feline Panleukopenia

    This cat disease is also know as Feline Distemper and is highly contagious. It is contracted by contact with infected cats, humans or anything that has traces of the disease left on it. This virus attacks digestive system cells, as well as lymph tissue and bone marrow. A vet can provide a vaccination to counteract it. Symptoms to watch out for include:
    • Vomiting
    • Lack of appetite
    • Diarrhoea

    Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)

    One of the most harmful cat diseases, this virus is usually fatal and attacks the immune system of a cat. Saliva, urine and faeces of an infected cat can cause this to be contracted.

    Chest symptoms include:
    • Enlarged lymph nodes
    • Accumulation of fluid in the chest
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Coughing
    • Gagging
    Abdominal Leukaemia symptoms are:
    • Lack of appetite
    • Depression
    • Loss in weight
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
    • Constipation
    Multicentric Leukaemia symptoms are:
    • Enlarged lymph nodes
    • Tumour formations on organs
    There are vaccinations to prevent the contraction of this cat disease. However there is no cure if the cat gets it.

    Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

    This is one of the most severe cat diseases in that it is similar to HIV that humans suffer from. It cannot be passed from a cat to a human. The virus attacks a cat’s immune system. It is usually caught from an infected cat that bites another cat. There are vaccinations but no cure. The symptoms include:
    • Infections
    • Loss of appetite
    • Constant diarrhoea
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Serious oral infection

    Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

    Wet FIP means there is fluid on the abdomen. Dry FIP does not have this. This is one of the most fatal cat illnesses and will result in death. The symptoms for both cases are:
    • Lack of appetite
    • Loss of weight
    • Depression
    • Fever
    • Rough hair
    By knowing more about cat illnesses and cat diseases, you can make sure that your feline friend gets all the vaccinations he needs in order to stop him getting ill.

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