Part 2: Common Cat Diseases and their Symptoms

Common Cat Diseases and their SymptomsJust like people, cats can develop diseases throughout their lives that can have a significant impact on their well-being. As a cat owner, it is important for you to know what the most common cat diseases are and their symptoms so that you know when your cat needs an immediate trip to the vet.


The most common cat diseases and their symptoms are:


  • Arthritis and joint pain – Middle aged and senior cats are the most susceptible to arthritis and joint pain. It can cause them to feel chronic pain and have a negative impact on your cat’s quality of life. The symptoms of joint pain and arthritis in cats are decreased activity, reclusiveness, urinating or defecating outside the little box, difficulty jumping on and off surfaces, or walking with a limp or stiffness.


  • Dental diseases in cats – Bad breath and excessive plaque on the teeth are the two main ways to tell that your cat may have a dental disease. It is good to have your veterinarian give your cat a complete oral checkup to identify and address oral diseases.


  • Allergic Dermatitis – Your cat may be scratching, biting, or excessively licking themselves. You may even notice that your cat’s skin is flaking or is inflamed. If you notice any of this, there are treatments that can be administered by your vet, as well as diet changes that your vet can discuss with you.


  • Diabetes in cats – Cats get diabetes like people do and, just like people, cats can be treated for it. If you notice your cat is excessively thirsty, losing a lot of weight, not eating, vomiting, lacking energy, or urinating more than usual, diabetes may be the culprit and that requires immediate intervention by the vet.


  • Liver disease in cats – The liver is responsible for many important functions in the body of a cat, including filtering out toxins from their bloodstream. If it isn’t working right, then your cat could become very ill. Loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst, jaundice, excessive drooling, and depression are all symptoms of liver disease in cats and the appearance of any of these symptoms requires immediate intervention by your veterinarian.


  • Hyperthyroidism in cats – Hyperthyroidism is typically something that is heard about in people, but cats can get it too and it can be fatal. The good news is that this condition is very manageable with medication and vet care when it is caught on time. The symptoms include weight loss, hyperactivity, increased thirst, diarrhea, vomiting, dull coat, poor skin, and increased appetite.


  • Urinary tract disease in cats – Urinary tract diseases can develop after feeding your cat the wrong food. Your cat may have a urinary tract disease if they are crying out in pain when they attempt to urinate, straining while urinating, only urinating small amounts frequently, urinating outside of the litter box, urinating without any control, licking their genitals, displaying a loss of energy, or they are not eating as much as usual. They may also have dark, pink, or bloody urine.


If you notice your cat displaying any of the symptoms of the above conditions, it is important to call your vet immediately. Only veterinary intervention will ensure that your cat receives the right treatment. When caught in plenty of time, it is possible for your cat to live a long and happy life.


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