The Most Common Cat Health Issues

Although it may come as a big surprise to some cat owners, cats develop just as many health issues as humans. Some of these problems can be treated and others are simply handed down from mother to kitten. Most of these are considered elderly cat health problems because they begin to show themselves as your cat grows older. Below you will find a list of the more common cat health problems.

Diabetes, yes your cat can get it too. Causes for this disease in cats are very similar to humans. If your cat is older and overweight, they are much more likely to develop this troublesome problem. Although your pets age and overall fitness are big contributors it is genetic. Thankfully diabetes can be treated with a healthy diet, exercise and medications.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when a cat’s thyroid gland can no longer proper distribute hormones. This means that your cat’s metabolism will fluctuate greatly. Some signs that you cat may be suffering from this problem are: Weight loss combined with an abnormally increased appetite, or on the other side of the coin, weight gain combined with a depressed appetite. The good news is that this disease can be diagnosed with a few blood tests and can be kept under control with meds.

Cat kidney failure is another common senior cat health problem. This occurs when your cat begins to develop renal(kidney) disease. Since the kidneys are in charge of helping the body dispose of waste, kidney problems can lead to sepsis. Although there is no cure for kidney disease it can be controlled with certain medications.

Certain types of health issues are unavoidable in cats. This is just a fact of life, as you get older, your body begins to develop problems. The best way to ensure that your cat lives a long and healthy life and avoids senior cat health problems is to make sure they eat properly, get plenty of exercise and see their veterinarian regularly.