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Serious illness in cats

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Keeping a cat in house also demands attention and much care. Your cat care is incomplete without the knowledge about the various illnesses that it faces in its life time. Some diseases are life threatening while some are curable. Here is a list of some diseases that the cats encounter:

  • Persistent vomiting – some times vomiting is not an issue to worry, it usually happens that a cat may eat its food too fast and thus due to indigestion it may puke out its food. If it vomits blood or feces in its vomit then it is something to worry and a visit to a vet is required.
  • Even without blood also persistent vomiting needs attention and immediate medication.
  • In Parasite infestation a cat stops eating and is suffers from weight loss. It may happen sometimes that a cat stops eating all of a sudden and if it is more than 24 hours one should not delay and rush to a doctor.
  • Due to external parasite and some allergies the cat may have certain problems like sores or bald patches. If not treated on time the cat may develop wounds by scratching itself.
  • Another physiological problem that a cat may face is anxiety developed due to bringing another animal in the house. Scratching its fur and grooming intensely are symptoms of this.

Feline is one of a severe cat illnesses, the symptoms are as follows;

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.
  • Limping
  • Running nose and eyes
  • Difficulty in taking breathe or making noise while breathing
  • Severe coughing
  • Swelling in abdominal
  • Blood in urine and stool
  • Big bumps in skin
  • Sudden weight loss all
  • Running nose
  • Limping
  • Severe kidney failure – kidney failure in cats can be cured at an early stage if symptoms are noticed carefully. Even if the kidney is fine till thirty percent of its capacity then also the function of the kidney can be carried well. The cat health deteriorate following too much thirst, loss in appetite, weight loss, vomiting and hair fall. If you see that you cat has reduced its diet for a longer period of time then immediately consult a vet.
  • Liver failure is another serious disease that occurs in cats. Some kittens are undernourished from childhood only. You will see that they are very lean in their appearance and have less fur in their body; it is a sign of liver problem that the kitten might have born with. The symptoms of it are almost same as kidney failure, loss in weight, lethargic feeling, not playful or active, diet problem, vomiting, and at an advanced stage the cat may vomit almost everything that it eats. If such symptoms are seen from an early stage then one must immediately consult a vet.
  • Cancer is another life threatening disease found in cats. The symptoms of it include cuts wounds which do not heal up fast. There is bleeding from any open part of the body and even the cuts bleeds. During cancer cat diet has to be rich in protein.
  • Like humans even cats have diabetics but the disease is curable. The symptoms of diabetics are too much thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, lazy lethargic behavior. This disease can be cured by medicines and some time insulin shots are also given. With diet control it can be cured but if not subjected to medication at the right time it may cause severe problems.
  • There are some cat parasites which are like worms in the stomach but are not so harmful. It may just affect its diet but its health will improve with proper medication.

Adaptation of cat is not so easy; there are various diseases that one must have knowledge of. One must always notice the behavior of their pet and visit the vet at regular intervals to avoid any future complication. A proper knowledge can save the life of your dear one and keep it healthy, fit and fine.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:44 pm

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