Hidden Cat Illness Symptoms To Look Out For
Cats are like infants. They cannot communicate when they have health issues and rely on the keen observance of the owner to detect that they are ailing. Wounds and conditions on skins or eyes, and other body parts are easy to spot because you can see. However, there are illnesses that may affect cats and gradually progress without your knowledge until when it is too late. This can be prevented when you observe cat illness symptoms.
In most cases, the symptoms will vary from one disease to the other. However, there are common signs that can be used in diagnosis to prevent the disease from escalating. The signs can be observed in different parts of the body. Here are the areas that will alert you that there is a problem and the likely disease or condition that could be bothering your cat.
The condition on the surface of the ears and the inner areas will indicate the health of your pet. The cat will respond by scratching or twitching the ears. You are likely to observe itching, odor, redness or discharge. These symptoms indicate that there could be an infection in the ears, allergy or ear mites. It could also be an indication of a tumor or accumulation of ear wax.
It takes a keen owner to spot a swelling or redness. This could be an indication of cancerous tissues, hematoma or abscess. It takes a cat specialist to distinguish the condition. You may also notice loss of hearing or partial deafness. The causes could be multiple and therefore demand specialized diagnosis.
These are the easiest to notice whenever a cat has a health issue because it will always interact with you. The common symptoms are swelling, redness and discharge. These are signs of an infection, conjunctivitis or an allergy. Red eyes may also be a sign of corneal disorder, upper respiratory infection or dry eyes. Some of the conditions can be distinguished by how long the eyes have been red or watery.
Feline AIDS, distemper, leukemia and glaucoma also manifest through reddening, swelling and discharge. You will observe similar signs in case of an injury or eye defect. Consult a specialist immediately you observe these signs.
Clouding is another symptom you can observe in cats. These are danger signs associated with corneal disease, tumor, eye defect or infection. Yellowing of the eyes or jaundice can also be observed without awaiting expert diagnosis. It indicates stem cell disorders, liver disease, feline infectious peritonitis or even a tumor in the heart. A specialist will help you distinguish the condition that is affecting your pet.
Cats do not open their mouths unless you are keen or proactive to check. In case of a disease or infection, here are the signs that you will observe on the mouth. An abnormal mouth color should be a cause for worry. The normal color is usually pink, which could come in several shades depending on the breed. With an abnormal color, this is an indication one of the following disease or conditions; leukemia, kidney disease, poisoning, upper respiratory infection, feline AIDS, distemper, cancer, anemia, heart failure or a heart disease.
Your cat may also manifest with bad breath. Check for cavities on teeth, a tumor, gum disease or gingivitis. Cats with mouth ulcers, kidney diseases, liver conditions and retained deciduous teeth also manifest with these conditions. If your cat is bleeding and you have no recollection of an injury, it could signal cancer, gingivitis, ulcer, mouth cancer or tumor. A jaw fracture is also a possibility if it has been involved in an injury.
Cats also cough and experience difficulties breathing. These are signs of heartworm disease, an upper respiratory infection, anemia, pneumonia, hyperthyroidism and such heart problems as heart disease, murmur, failure or cancer. This could also be a signal of poisoning, lung cancer, bronchitis or asthma. Such a pet may also be diagnosed with hernia, fungal infection or a foreign body that is dislodged on the throat.
Is the cat showing difficulties swallowing? You could be facing such conditions as an infection of the mouth, dental infection, throat cancer, tonsil, thyroid, sore throat or an object that is obstructing the throat. Drooling is common in cats with feline AIDS, cancer of the mouth, tongue, or tonsils, a fracture on its tooth, ulcers, kidney disease, epilepsy, heat stroke or gum disease. If the condition gets to vomiting, you could be looking at a cat that has swallowed something that is indigestible, rushed eating or with an intestinal parasite. Vomiting is also associated with liver disease, epilepsy, pancreatitis, leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease or even poisoning. Other conditions associated with vomiting include distemper, allergy and heartworm disease.
The signs you observe on the nose include a discharge or sneezing and bleeding. Bleeding is a sign of an infection, parasite, tumor, cancer or clotting disorder. It may also indicate an injury or a foreign body that is stuck on the nose. A discharge or sneezing indicates such conditions as an infection resulting from a bacteria, virus or fungi. The most common are herpes virus and calicivirus. It could also be an allergy, feline peritonitis, AIDS, bordetella, Chlamydia or leukemia. You should also consider an upper respiratory infection in case of a discharge or sneezing.
Urine indicates a disease or condition by blood stains, strained, painful or frequent urination or incontinence. Blood in urine could be an indication of a urinary track infection. It may also point at diabetes, fungal or urinary tract infection. If the cat shows signs of strained or painful urination, it indicates an infection in the urinary track, bladder stones, liver disease and even a cancer. Incontinence could be a sign of aging, congenital defect of the uterus and spinal injury. Any abnormality observed on urine should be a cause for alarm.
There are many other signs you can observe on the head, bowel, hair and skin, abdomen and others that are behavioral in nature. Do not make a conclusion unless it is a visible injury that you witnessed. Consult a cat specialist to get specific diagnosis and treatment and safeguard the health of your pet.
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NOTE: *** By no way is this content intended as a Substitute or Diagnosis for taking your Cat to Veterinarian. It is for FYI of what to look for by informing you of some Signs and Symptoms to help keep your cat safe.***