Infectious Diseases 

Cat Flu

Cat Flu is probably the most common of all the infectious diseases. Vaccinate your cat to reduce the risk of it contracting Cat flu and suffering the worst effects of it. 

Feline Enteritis

Feline Entertiis/Feline Parvovirus is a highly infectious and often fatal disease to cats and kittens. Although kittens tend to fair worse. Make sure you vaccinate your cat.

FIV

Feline immunodeficiency virus affects and impairs the immune system. Cats can live long lives but will need extra care throughout. Vaccine is available in USA but not UK.

FeLV

Feline Leukiamia Virus is both contagious and has no cure. There is a vaccine for it so make sure you vaccinate early to prevent your cat contracting this virus. 

Chlamydia felis

Chlamydia felis is a contagious infection affecting mainly the eyes. Can take sometime to clear. Check with your vet regarding vaccine.

Bordetella 

Bordetella bronchiseptica   is an infection of the respiratory tract. There are many Upper Respiratory Tract infections and this is one of them. Note that dogs with the infection can also be a risk for cats. You can vaccinate your cat for this infection.

FLUTD

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is a term used to describe conditions that affect the bladder and/or urethra. Some of these include cystitis, diabetes, stress, cancer, formation of crystals  or stones. A vet diagnosis is imperative to investigating and  providing appropriate treatment.  

FIP

Feline Infectious Peritonitus is a fatal disease caused by Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) that has mutated (not the same as Covid). There are two forms wet and dry.  There is now a treatment available which is expensive and in early stages but is showing signs of success. Much depends on your vet and cats current health.

Common illnesses

Feline Hay Fever

Yes cats can have allergies too! One of these is akin to Hay fever
Unlike us it shows itself as skin irritation, grooming more than usual and sores or bald spots. It
needs a vet diagnosis and treatment is available through anti-histamines,  anti-allergy vaccine and you can help your cat by reducing their outdoor access usually around mid-day and wiping them with a damp cloth  to reduce the pollen on their fur.

Heart Murmur

Like us cats can have heart murmurs and they are graded I-VI. The most mild is 1. Heart murmur itself is does not indicate heart disease and may be caused by something else. Your vet will help determine the reason and what treatment is available. Cats can still live long happy lives.

Dental disease

A dental check up is usually done at an annual visit to your vet for booster vaccinations. The importance of this is to check for signs of gum or dental diseases, both can affect the organs and cause other health issues if not treated. Signs of dental diseases can include inability to eat normally, bad smelling breath, bleeding from mouth, broken tooth.

Vomiting

Vomiting can be a sign of illness or  the cat is trying to cough up a furball. Different colour vomit or presence of blood may indicate what is wrong. 

Seek veterinary advice at the earliest time.

Kidney disease

Cats develop kidney problems at anytime in life. Kidney disease symptoms might include increased urination, thirst, poor appetite, loss of weight, bad smelling breath and lethargy. A thin cat is not an old cat but a sick cat. Seek veterinary advice as soon as possible. There is usually treatment that will help.

Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid problems can affect a  cat anytime and indicators are  increased hunger, vomiting and weight loss. It can be cured by an operation or  radioiodine or controlled through medication. A cat with this also has a risk of heat failure due to the heart beating incredibly fast so the sooner you seek veterinary advice the better.

Liver disease

The liver is a vital organ and affects digestion, regulates energy and metabolism, helps eliminate toxins and waste and regulates the immune system. Signs of liver disease might be lask of appetite, lethargy and weight loss. Visit your vet as soon as possible.

Diabetes

Just like us cats can develop diabetes and overweight cats are more at risk. Signs to watch for are drinking more, sleeping more than usual and losing weight. It is treatable with careful diet and medication. It is important to see a vet as soon as possible.