4 Dangerous diseases in cats
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4 Dangerous diseases in cats


1. Feline Leukemia Virus

The Feline Leukemia Virus is spread through the saliva, urine and discharge from the nose. It is easily passed on from the mother cat to the kittens. Even though there is no cure, the spreading of this virus can be prevented by

  • not sharing water and food bowls
  • maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the pet
  • restricting playing with other cats
  • regularly vaccinating it.

2. Renal Failure

This kidney disease is one of the main causes of death in adult cats. They are of two types

Acute – functioning of the kidney stops suddenly

Chronic - slow deterioration of the kidney with time

Renal failure occurs due to age, environmental conditions and consumption of poisonous substances. The symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increase in thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy/tiredness

Though there is no cure, it can be managed by hydration therapy, diet and medication.

3. Feline Immunodeficiency virus

Contrary to the human AIDS, the feline AIDS is transmitted through bites and wounds and not by sexual transmission. The outdoor cats are more susceptible to this virus. It is rarely transmitted from a mother cat to the kittens. This virus targets the immune system and completely destroys it.

4. Feline Panleukopenia

This is a highly infectious virus that is spread to the newborn kittens from the unvaccinated mother. It usually spreads through unclean food and water bowls, fleas and bodily liquids. It targets the immune system and destroys the intestinal tract. Symptoms include

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia

Proper vaccinations can be a good preventive measure.

Due to their naturally high hunting skills, the possibility of contracting rabies is higher in cats than in any other pets. It is very dangerous because it not only affects the pet but it can also be passed on to humans. It usually spreads and affects the cats when it is bitten by a wild animal. It also spreads to indoor cats when they ingest bats or rodents. This disease attacks the nervous system of the cats. Symptoms include:

Conjunctivitis

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Weight loss
  • Drooling
  • Fever
  • Strange behavior and depression

It can be prevented by vaccinating your cats properly.