If you own a cat, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of common health problems so that you can visit vets in Croydon in a timely manner, if required. Here are three of the most common health problems to look out for in your cat.
Diarrhoea can be caused by a lifestyle change, such as a change in diet, or a serious illness, such as liver disease. The most common sign of diarrhoea is soft, liquid or watery stools. In some cases, you may also observe other signs in your cat, such as blood or mucus in their stools, loss of appetite, and lethargy.
Most cases of diarrhoea in cats last for only a few days and do not require treatment. However, where diarrhoea is severe and/or prolonged, it may be necessary for you to seek veterinary help.
Fleas are a common external health problem, and can cause anaemia if left untreated. Signs that your cat has fleas include constant scratching, red or irritated skin, and small black specs of blood (flea dirt) on the skin. If you think your cat has fleas, ask Croydon vets to recommend a suitable form of flea control. A wide range of treatments are available, including oral medications, spot on preparations, powders, and aerosol sprays.
Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus that can grow on your cat’s skin. Signs of ringworm include skin lesions, which are circular areas of hair loss, most often found on your cat’s legs, head, and ears. Although ringworm can resolve itself without treatment, an infected cat may spread ringworm to other cats and also to humans.
Treatment can be either be oral (anti-fungal liquids or tablets given by mouth) or topical (shampoos or creams applied to your cat’s skin). In most cases, your vet will recommend a combination of both treatments for maximum effect.
If you recognize any of the signs of ill health in your cat, seek veterinary attention. With the right health care, your cat can enjoy a longer, more comfortable life.
Diarrhoea in the cat, Icatcare.org
Fleas and flea control in cats, Icatcare.org