Health Care for Your Pet Cat
Pet cat health care may be similar to caring for other pets. But such care may also have its differences. One of them is that pet cats may suffer from a host of different diseases that other pets may not go through. Here is a list of some feline diseases that pet cats may suffer from at some point.
This disease usually affects pet cats at a young age. Known medically as feline panleukopenia, this type of viral infection lowers down the immune defenses of young kittens by severely affecting the production of white blood cells. This infection can make young kittens pass, liquid stool with blood due to the severe hemorrhaging that happens in their small intestine.
Fever may also be expected and will lead the young kitten to become depressed and then refuse to take any food and water. It may seem to the pet owner that the cat has a temperamental personality, hence the name feline distemper. The infection does not affect the cat's personality in any way. Sadly, recovery for such conditions is very rare for a cat.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
This is another viral infection that is also fatal in cats. Once your pet cat shows signs of this infection, it can take years and years of trouble. This infection is usually common mostly in young adult cats and can be transmitted to other cats. There are two known types of this infection.
There is the "dry" type where the young adult cat is affected by high fever as well as problems with internal organs such as the kidneys, lungs, and intestines. With this type of infection, the cats never seem to improve no matter how well the treatment is given.
There is also the "wet" type of the disease has the young adult cat having a fluid discharge within the abdomen. Occasionally the cat's chest displays a golden and dense liquid that contains flakes within. This infection makes the cat run a high fever and would usually not eat well.
The only protection that cats can have over the disease is vaccination. But vaccines should be given to pet cats before any exposure to the virus or else the vaccine would not be very effective to prevent any infection.
Feline Immune Deficiency Virus
This disease is similar to the Human Immune Deficiency Virus or HIV in humans. This virus is only found in cats and is being spread mainly through a bite from an infected cat. This disease suppresses the cat's immune system and leads the cat to be more prone to all sorts of infection. There is an intranasal vaccine available to protect cats from the FIV infection although some veterinarians are not that convinced that it can protect more effectively as compared to other vaccines.
Feline Leukemia Virus
This virus can severely limit an infected cat's immune system. With the affected immune system, the cat has limited ability to defend against all sorts of other infections. This virus can be spread from contact with infected cats. Many cats can become carriers of the virus for years without displaying any outside symptoms of the infection.
Cats harboring the virus may at times develop clinical signs of the infection if they undergo surgery, get injured, or when they get lost outside their usual environment. These diseases may give pet owners an idea of how pet cat health care may be important to ensure that their pets live healthier and longer lives.