The 4 most important cat diseases are:
- Feline Pneumonitis – a disease of the upper respiratory of a cat, often caused by bacteria. The symptoms are wheezing noises as well as extensive discharge from the eyes and nose.
How to treat it:
Treatment for this cat disease is often oral or eye antibiotics however there vaccines available as well
- Feline Leukaemia – This is the most responsible of all cat diseases for cats’ death. Feline Leukaemia is a dangerously infectious disease rests in the saliva, mucus, urine, faeces of the infected cat. There is no solid evidence of symptoms for this virus however; there may be signs of weight loss, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis. There are no specific treatments for this virus either except for the cat to fight it off with its immune system. If the cat is unable to and develops a permanent virus, there are vaccines for this and should be available in your local vet.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection – This virus spreads through infection for example, when an infected cat bites your cat, through saliva transfer the virus spreads. Symptoms of this virus would be a fever as well as swelling of the glands, e.g. throat glands. This may cause discomfort in movement of your cat thus it may seem to bet ‘getting lazier’ with your unawareness of the situation. These symptoms of FIVI cat diseases are more common in male cats. Although this is an important disease to look at, there is no current available treatment but an attempt to combat the symptoms will be sufficient progress to treatment.
- Feline Panleucopenia – This is a very contagious disease that runs through the feline species (not only cats get it, other felines too! Such as lions and leopards). The first symptoms are fever, a loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting and tiredness. After 4-5 days, symptoms of diarrhoea may be present. There is no direct treatment for this virus however you will need to isolate the infected cat from other cats to avoid potential spread in the disease. The best prevention for this disease is to visit your local vet and ask for a vaccine beforehand!
Although there are several cat diseases out there, these are the most common yet dangerous ones within the scope! So please ensure you take clear caution and look out for these symptoms of cat diseases!