Allergies, UTIs, dental issues…they’re some of the most common health concerns people experience. But did you know that cats experience some of the same problems we do? It’s true! You don’t have to worry about human-to-cat transmission, and your cat won’t catch your cold when you’re sick, but it’s important to know the health issues your cat can experience – even if you’re already well-versed in the human versions. Here’s a closer look at some of the health concerns veterinarians have seen in cats that might sound familiar:
Cat Health Problems
#1 – Acne
Although most cats have plenty of fur that covers their skin, small pimples can be observed along the lower lip and chin. This is sometimes present alongside a secondary feline infection.
#2 – Anxiety
Just like humans, your pet can experience stress and anxiety. Symptoms in cats include:
- Excessive chewing
- Compulsive pacing
- Repetitive grooming
#3 – Dementia
An illness brought on by cognitive dysfunction, your cat can experience dementia and may exhibit symptoms including:
- Excessive staring
#4 – Dental Concerns
Cats don’t get cavities the same way we do, but they do experience tooth resorption – a condition where the dentin in a cat’s tooth erodes and decays over time. Dental disease is another health issue that is seen in both humans and cats.
#5 – Diabetes
Signs of diabetes in cats include excessive appetite, increased thirst, more frequent urination, and significant weight gain or loss.
#6 – False Pregnancy
Cats who have not been spayed can sometimes show pregnancy symptoms, like lactation, without actually having engaged with a male feline. These symptoms are often related to a hormone imbalance and should be assessed by your vet.
#7 – Immunodeficiency
An illness similar to HIV in humans, FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) can be transmitted in cats through a bite by an infected playmate or stray. Many cats with FIV are still able to maintain a long and otherwise healthy life.
#8 – Kidney Disease
More common in older cats, kidney disease has been diagnosed in cats with the following symptoms:
- Increased lethargy
- Changes in litter box behavior (frequency, location, etc.)
- Increased thirst
#9 – Thyroid Problems
An overactive thyroid is the most common glandular disorder found in cats. If your cat is losing weight despite their abnormally ravenous appetite, a thyroid issue may be present.
#10 – Urinary Tract Infections
Urinating outside the litter box, with or without vocalization of pain during urination, is one of the most common ways your cat will respond when an infection is present in the urinary tract.
Is Your Cat Experiencing Health Problems?
When your cat starts acting in a way that differs from their normal behavior, it can be natural to react like you would if you started showing symptoms of illness yourself. Since performing an online search or finding a symptom checker isn’t a fool-proof way of determining a diagnosis for your cat, it’s best to visit a local veterinarian when your cat is experiencing concerning symptoms.
The compassionate veterinarians at Catonsville Cat Clinic are here to help your cat stay healthy and happy through every stage of life, so give us a call to schedule a health checkup for your furry friend today.