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Common Illnesses in Cats
There are some cat illnesses that are more common than others. Contact your veterinarian if you think that your cat may be suffering from any of the following illnesses or if she is otherwise exhibiting behavior that is out of the ordinary.
- Allergies. Flea allergies are the most common type of allergy found in cats and they can become more sensitive to flea bites with age. Food allergies, though less common, can also occur and lead to diarrhea, itching and vomiting.
- Diarrhea. Diarrhea can occur for many reasons, and a simple diet change to a high-quality food can sometimes help. However, you should contact your veterinarian if diarrhea persists for longer than two days.
- Diabetes. Diabetes is becoming more common in pets and occurs when the blood sugar level cannot be properly regulated by the body. Signs of diabetes can include increased thirst, increased urination, obesity or weight loss.
- Feline Urinary Syndrome. FUS is an irritation, inflammation and/or obstruction of the lower urinary tract and it can be life-threatening if not promptly treated. It occurs most frequently in male cats. Symptoms of FUS can include the following: blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, increased attempts to urinate, or a refusal to use the litter box.
Vomiting. There are many reasons why cats vomit, including hairballs, food allergies, overactive thyroid, kidney infection, or worms. In many cases, your cat should be seen by your veterinarian. You must also ensure that your cat is kept hydrated with plenty of fresh water.