General Cat Health is what I’m going to cover.
Parasites: Typical parasites
- Round Worms
- Heart Worms
- Hook Worms
There are several more but these are the most common.
All of these (except heart worms) are easily treatable. If your cat shows any of these signs either take them to the vet or try de-worming remedies:
- Weight Loss
- Enlarged Belly
- Breathing Problems
- Worms in fecal matter
If you get Diatomaceous Earth (which is harmless to cats, dogs and humans) it will kill intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, and various other parasites that will bother your animals.
- Milk: It’s not good on cats! It lacks nutrition that is essential to growing kittens and adult cats alike. I’m not saying never give it to older cats but do it VERY sparingly! Kittens on the other hand NEVER give it to them! Stick with mothers milk or formulated milk supplement that has the proper nutrients.
- Diarrhea: Diarrhea isn’t always dangerous but it’s not good either. But there are a couple of simple explanations for it. Such as:
- Change in food
- Eating something they are not used to
Try de-wormer but if they don’t get better in a couple of days take them to the Vet to make sure nothing more serious is actually going on.
- Vomiting: Again this isn’t always serious and there are many simple explanations.
- Eating something rotten
- Upset stomach
Let them them puke it makes them feel better only if you see blood, parasites, or a dark green yellowish coloration would I start to worry.
- Cats like most animals are prone to eye problems later in life. If you start noticing clouding it is 98% chance it’s cataracts but take them to the Vet to make sure.
- If you start noticing yellow goo coming out of the eyes and nose its probably a sinus infection and you should take then to the Vet and get them on a round of anti-biotics. If you wait to long though it can cause vision loss! So please if you notice anything wrong or out of the normal with your cats eyes take them to the Vet so there is no permanent damage.
- Hot Spots
- Hair Loss
- Fungal Infections
All of these are very treatable with shampoos, medication like anti-biotics, and flea/parasite treatments. This could also be attributed to allergies to various things that can cause a cat to dig at itself and cause hair loss. If the problem persists take them to the Vet and request a Scratch Test. That should help diagnose the problem.
For more Cat health forums check out this website: CatHealth.com
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