Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"When to see the Vet: Common cat health problems that need medical attention"

Cat health problems are often overlooked by their owners as normal cat behaviors, and some owners try to
improve cat health themselves. Some cat health problems can be treated and prevented at home, but some very common cat health problems should be looked at by a vet.

If your cat refuses food for more than 2 days, it is suggested that you take the cat to the vet. While many pet owners assume cats will eat when they are hungry – this is not always the case. Though it may seem like your cat is just a picky eater, cat anorexia can be a symptom of an underlying problem such as anemia, bacterial infection, diabetes, and heartworm to name a few.

We all expect our cats breath to be a little stinky, right? They eat a lot of fish based foods and treats, which are smelly, so it only makes sense! If your cat’s breath is still foul hours after eating, you will want to get her to the vet sooner than later. Bad breath in cats can be a sign of kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, and other medical problems.

Some common cat problems can turn serious if left untreated. Diarrhea for more than 12 hours, excessive sneezing, increased thirst, or excessive scratching should all be checked out by your vet.

If you notice any bleeding, burns, or difficulty breathing you should take the cat to the vet immediately. Cats cannot tell us what is wrong when they are hurt, and what may seem like a minor injury to us can be fatal to your cat. When in doubt, call your vet or an emergency vet in your area. Many vets are more than willing to answer questions over the phone, and will let you know for sure if your kitty needs to be brought to the vet!

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