Cats make wonderful house pets and they are companions that are also known to be good for most humans’ health. They are often used as therapy pets because they help to lower anxiety and reduce blood pressure.We owe a lot to our cats. Although they may seem like independent creatures, they really do depend on their owners for their well-being and continued good health. There are several different health conditions that can afflict felines. It’s important to know more about these potential threats and how to recognize them. There is no substitute for taking your cat to a veterinarian for regular checkups and immunizations. This is the best way to prevent common health issues or to catch them in the early stages for more successful treatment options. Here are the 20 most common cat health problems you should be aware of.
Fleas and ticks
Even if you keep your carpets well vacuumed and your house immaculately clean, your cat can still pick up fleas or ticks. If there are other animals in the neighborhood, they could pass fleas on to your cat with just a simple encounter. Fleas feed on the blood of the animals that they infest. They bite your cat and cause itching and some major discomfort. Ticks are also easy to pick up during certain times of the year. From early spring to fall is when they are at their worst. They are also parasites the embed into your cat’s skin and feed off the blood. Ticks carry a range of diseases that can be transmitted to humans and animals. It’s a good idea to inspect your cat’s fur on a regular basis,and if you notice any signs of ticks, have them removed immediately. It’s best not to pull them off, because the head will remain lodged in place and could cause blood poisoning. Apply a thick oil to the entire outside are of the tick to cause it to back out, then dispose of it. If you can’t get the tick out, take your cat to the vet to have it safely removed. You can also consult with your vet about the best flea control options. There are shampoos, powders, collars, spot treatment liquids and dips available.