Cat diseases, there are serious and trivial ones, often with similar symptoms that are not easy to interpret, if we are not experts but only very affectionate owners. It is not enough to love our pet to treat it adequately. As soon as we notice abnormal behavior or particular physical changes that make us suspicious, it is better to go to the vet. First you understand which of the Diseases of the cat he has contracted, or the sooner he is found to be healthy as a fish, the better.
This article does not replace the veterinarian's opinion but it is intended as an overview to convince you that do-it-yourself diagnoses do not work, indeed, they harm.
Cat diseases transmissible to humans
Among the various Diseases of the cat from which we can be infected, the one that is most frequently heard of and most feared is the anger. It is transmitted with a bite but also when saliva comes into contact with a wound or a mucous membrane.
THE symptoms are both physical and "temperamental": a cat with anger may in fact show dilated pupils, breathing difficulties and unsheathed nails on the one hand, on the other it changes character, becoming aggressive and meowing in a strange, hoarse, dark way. At the moment, work is underway to find a cure, but the vaccine exists and is the recommended prevention process.
Cat eye diseases
Between Diseases of the cat most common, which also affects the eyes as well as the genital system, the intestine and the placenta, is the chlamydiosis. In truth it is a respiratory disease, it is not very well known but when a cat contracts it, it can be subject to unilateral or bilateral conjunctivitis, acute rhinitis and even a form of pneumonia.
For prevent chlamydiosis there is a specific vaccination to carry out, if instead we have to treat it, the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics, eye drops and eye ointments.
Diseases of the elderly cat
The elderly cat contracts diseases more easily, in general, as also happens to older people, less able to defend themselves from even the most banal viruses or bacteria. Even in the feline world there is the classic influence, the feline rhinotracheitis, which is manifested by sneezing, loss of mucus and pus from the eyes, fever, difficulty breathing. You can get vaccinated, if you are provident, or go to the vet if you have already taken it.
Another among the Diseases of the cat which has the human analogue, is feline immunodeficiency (FIV), I say this because it is caused by a virus very similar to the one that causes HIV in humans. Attention, this does not mean that it is transmissible to man!
The cat who becomes ill with FIV is not curable and begins to refuse food and to have bouts of diarrhea, gingivitis, stomatitis and respiratory problems.
Less dramatic is when our pet takes the panleukopenia (viral gastroenteritis), serious and very contagious, but possible to prevent with a vaccination and possible to cure with the therapy indicated by the veterinarian, symptomatic. THE symptoms are similar to those of many other cat diseases: vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, refusal of food and water.
Another common disease, and more frequent in old age, is feline leukemia (FeLV), very contagious, transmissible by simple salivary contact. Fortunately, vaccination exists, we must doubt that our cat has contracted it if we see that it has the weak immune defenses, if you lose weight, vomit and have difficulty breathing. If we have an "agé" cat and want to take care of it better, there is the article "Elderly cat: how to cure it”
Diseases of the cat in pregnancy
The pregnant women must be careful not to contract the toxoplasmosis and also from cats it can be taken even if in this sense undercooked meats and contaminated vegetables are more dangerous, mice, pigeons and cockroaches. This is one of the parasitic cat diseases, it is treated with antibiotics but there is no vaccine. On animals it causes fever, pneumonia, hepatitis, convulsions, brain lesions.
Diseases of the cat in children
For children the Dangerous cat diseases they are the same that can be transmitted to man, of which we spoke a little while ago. However, it is important that even at an early age, to have a good relationship with animals.
Growing up with the fear of cats is a non-curable disease and it can deny for life the joy of living with a feline, with his purr and his love for cuddles, made and received. Instead of instilling the fear of cats in children, we give them the beautiful book by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar: The book your cat wouldn't want you to read
Cat skin diseases
The Diseases of the cat that affect the skin are numerous, some more evident others less. Feline acne, for example, creates variations in the skin around the lips and on the chin of the cat and appears if the diet is incorrect, dermatitis, on the other hand, are inflammation often linked to allergies. In particular, miliary dermatosis is linked to allergies to flea saliva, or to food or household dust.
When our cat has patches of hairless skin, he contracted alopecia but if we also notice scabs and vesicles, then it could also be eczema. Among the cat diseases of the skin we cannot fail to mention the mycosis.
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