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What Are Some Common Cat Illnesses & Symptoms?

What Are Some Common Cat Illnesses & Symptoms?

Several different common cat illnesses can negatively impact its overall well-being and even become fatal if untreated. Today, our Cumming vets will provide information on common cat illnesses and symptoms to watch out for.

What Are Some Common Cat Illnesses?

As a cat parent, here are illnesses you need to be aware of. Be prepared to visit your veterinarian if necessary, especially since cats tend to instinctively isolate when sick. Here are 3 common cat illnesses and their symptoms.  

Upper Respiratory Infections

Your cat's upper respiratory tract—its throat, nose, and sinuses—can become infected with viruses and bacteria. Often passed around in multi-cat households and shelters, cats may contract feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus through something as basic as sharing a food or water bowl. 

They can transmit this virus to other cats in the same way, or by sneezing or coughing. It can also be passed during grooming

Symptoms include:

  • Gagging, drooling
  • Runny nose or clear/colored nasal discharge
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Decreased or lost appetite
  • Congestion 

Diabetes

If a cat doesn't produce sufficient insulin to balance blood sugar or glucose levels, they develop diabetes mellitus. Left untreated, it may lead to several serious symptoms. 

Symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Increased appetite (as the body cannot use the energy in food) or loss of appetite
  • Motor function problems
  • Coma
  • Death

If diabetes is poorly controlled, the disease can shorten a cat's lifespan and lead to numerous health problems such as nerve disorders. It may also result in severe emergencies. Treatment can include insulin injections and will be focused on managing this condition. 

Cancer

The uncontrolled growth of cells can cause cancer, which can affect a wide range of organs and cells in a cat's body. The disease first starts to develop within a cell, before it attaches to tissue below the skin and potentially spreads to other areas. 

A common contributor to cancer is Feline Leukemia Virus, which cats can be diagnosed against. Other causes include environmental toxins. If caught early during a physical exam, your vet may be able to treat cancer. 

Symptoms include:

  • Lumps or bumps that change in size or shape
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Odor from the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding or discharge
  • Marked increase or decrease in appetite
  • Chronic weight loss
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating

Depending on whether the tumor is caught and diagnosed early enough, the type of cancer and its extent, specific location within the body, etc., whether an effective treatment plan can be developed, and other factors, several treatments such as radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy may be attempted. 

What Should I Do If My Cat Is Ill?

If your cat is showing any symptoms listed above, it is important to contact our Crestview Animal Hospital vets right away for an appointment! 

At Crestview Animal Hospital, we have an in-house laboratory, onsite pharmacy, and emergency clinic to provide your pet the care they need (help for after-hours emergencies is also available).

If your cat is showing any symptoms of these common illnesses, contact our Crestview Animal Hospital vets today to book an appointment.

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Crestview Animal Hospital is always welcoming new patients! Our Cumming vets provide veterinary services designed to promote good health and longevity. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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