Common cat diseases
Recently, for example, it was reported that ongoing research in another country may have come up with information on how to prevent cancer in dogs. But there was no mention about cats. To prevent illnesses among cats, there are two important but SIMPLE ways according to The Humane Society of the United States (THSUS) in “Preventing Common Cat Diseases” posted on the RFDTV website: 1. Keep your cat indoors. 2. Have your cat vaccinated based on your veterinarian's advice. Common feline illnesses 1. Upper respiratory infections (URIs). URIs are very similar to the common cold in humans. The symptoms are almost the same: sneezing, runny nose and eyes, reddened eyes, fever, and decreased appetite. “But URIs can be much more serious than common colds—they can be fatal if left untreated. These airborne viruses are highly contagious; they can be transmitted to cats through human handling and through contact with other cats and with inanimate objects such as litter boxes, food bowls, and grooming tools,“ THSUS said. It is also important to separate a new cat from your other cats for at least three weeks until you are certain the new cat has no URI symptoms. “Prevention is the best approach to URIs—have your cat vaccinated. But if your cat does come down with cold-like symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away. The veterinarian will probably prescribe antibiotics to prevent secondary infections and give you precise care instructions. Follow them carefully and make sure your cat eats and drinks sufficiently, “ THSUS said. 2. Rabies. All cats, including indoor cats, should be vaccinated against rabies. This is given yearly. THSUS said rabies “is now seen more commonly in cats than in any other domestic animal. Rabies is a viral illness that is transmitted through bite wounds from infected animals and attacks the nervous system. If your cat bites anyone, you may need to show proof of rabies vaccination.” “Rabies is a fatal illness. Prevent rabies through vaccination and by keeping your cat inside, “ THSUS added. 3. Feline panleukopenia. This is also known as feline distemper. It is a highly contagious viral disease that can be transmitted by humans to cats through the clothes, hair and hands, by cats to cats through paws, food bowls, and even cat carriers.
“There is no effective treatment for FIP, but there is hope for prevention in the form of recently developed vaccines. The best prevention is to keep your cat indoors, up-to-date on vaccines, and away from strange animals, “ THSUS said.