Common Health Problems in Cats
common health problems in cats.
With a bit of luck and lots of TLC, hopefully your cat won’t need to come to the
vet very often at all; hopefully, just once a year for their regular checkup and vaccination.
But, if things do go wrong and they suffer health problems, it’s important to be able to
recognize the symptoms and know exactly what to do.
So, these are my top health tips for the most common health problems you’re
likely to encounter with your cat. The first tip I’m going to give you has all to do with
probably the most common condition that I see in my surgery day in and day out and
that’s cat bites.
Cats are very territorial animals and they’re always getting into scraps, battling
away and fighting each other and it’s important to what to look out for so you can take
your cat down to the vet and get immediate treatment because cat bites can be quite
serious depending on the location because cats have got really nasty bacteria in their
mouth and when they bite into another cat, they implant these bacteria and cause a nasty
So, the symptoms to look out for are a lump. So, a lump that’s come up quickly
tends to be either around the head or the shoulders or possibly on the base of the tail or
the back leg and it will be a big swelling. The hair will often fall out of the top of the
swelling. You’ll also notice perhaps that your cat goes lame. If it it’s on her leg, they’ll be
limping holding her leg up. And if they’ve been bitten near the tail, you’ll find the tail
will hang down and they’ll be very sore and angry if you touch them in the affected area.
Others symptoms also might include some ooze when the abscess burst, you
might get some discharge and a nasty smelling discharge. Those are the things to look out
for. And if you notice those, you should take the cat down to a vet and your vet will apply
the three A’s of treating a catfight abscess. And those are antiseptic so your vet will take
some antiseptic solution like this and they will clean up the abscess. So, if there was an
abscess here, they’ll give it a good clean, wipe away any discharge. They’ll trim away the
first so they can see what’s going on and the second aid is antibiotics so you’ll probably
go home antibiotic tablets or liquid for your cat and the third aid is anti-inflammatory.
Your vet may well give an injection with anti-inflammatory like this or again, you may
get tablets to go home with.
And these three aids, the antiseptic, the antibiotic and the anti-inflammatory
should sort out the catfight abscess and leave your cat happy to fight another day.
Common Health Problems in Cats
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