Health & Well-being

It’s a common misconception that cats are tougher than us humans and feel less pain, but this isn’t true. Cats have a similar pain threshold to us lot, and the misconception arises from their reluctance to look vulnerable by displaying weakness.

Caring for a cat involves regularly checking for injuries, illnesses and parasite infestations.

Cats are susceptible to a vast range of conditions that many owners wouldn’t know how to spot. Symptoms often manifest in different forms and seriousness depending on your cat and the severity of the condition but there are almost always some telltale signs something is up.

What symptoms and signs do I need to look our for?

Each cat responds to pains and irritations differently to the next. It is generally advised that any sudden changes in behavior or appetite are raised with your veterinarian in order to rule out any underlying illnesses.

With that said, there are a few prominent behavior patterns you can keep an eye out for. Here’s a quick overview of some prominent symptoms and the underlying issues that usually lead to them.

Excessive Grooming

Cats are naturally very clean animals. Any owner will notice they groom regularly in order to keep their coat health in check and remove dead fur.

Obsessive grooming can be a symptom of a few disorders such as skin irritations and allergies, though it is most commonly associated with parasite infestation.

If your cat is suffering from a flea problem then you can expect to see frequent and erratic grooming happening more and more regularly as the infestation worsens.

Worms can be treated with deworming medication. It’s often hard to spot an infestation due to the varying effects different types of worms have on cats’ health.

Some of best cat dewormers can tackle all three of the most common worms; roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms.

Increased thirst and urination frequency

Seeing an increase in water consumption and passing water can be a symptom of diabetes in cats. If you also notice a more ferocious appetite, it could be a sign that they aren’t able to absorb the nutrients that their diet provides.

Left untreated it can lead to weight loss, dehydration and depression in a short space of time.

More serious long term effects can affect their movement and even result in diabetic comas and subsequent death. It’s super important you get your cat checked out if their appetite takes a sudden turn in either direction.

Inability to urinate despite frequent attempts

Pain while urinating in cats is almost always caused by an infection of the lower urinary tract. You may notice they make frequent trips to the litter box without managing to pass urine, and even cry out while trying.

It’s a relatively common problem that can be solved swiftly with a combination of medication from your vet and an appropriate diet change.

Excessive shedding

Shedding can be caused by a wide variety of disorders or irritations. If you’ve changed anything in your grooming routine recently, such as new shampoo or flea collar, it’s best to try eliminating that first.

Allergies or bacterial infections can lead to patches of fur falling out and a thin, ragged looking coat.

It’s vital you get any hair loss problems examined immediately by a vet to rule out more serious causes and get the issue addressed quickly.

Can Supplements Improve Cat Health?

The answer depends entirely on the problem you’re trying to solve. Many supplements do indeed offer benefits to cat health when used correctly.

As a general rule it’s advisable that you try and work any naturally occurring nutrients into their diet in a natural way.

This could be by changing their food to something more nutritionally complete, or to a food that’s specially formulated to prevent or alleviate specific issues such as tract infections or hairball frequency.

Some cat food supplements such as Lycine have essentially had their benefits “debunked” by numerous studies, so their effectiveness is definitely something under question.

You should discuss any supplement options you consider with your veterinarian and see if they think they’re worthwhile.

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