Cat Health Care for Three Common Feline Illnesses

As with other pets, proper cat health care is important toward good quality and longevity of life among domestic felines. It must be noted that cats can suffer from many health problems from parasites, fleas and worms to infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and even cancer.

You must learn to recognize the symptoms of certain common illnesses in domestic cats so as to be able to seek veterinary care at the earliest possible time. In many cases, nonetheless, you can perform simple in-home treatment options as well as adopt preventive measures. Here then are the three most common illnesses, their symptoms and possible treatments that every pet owner must know in the pursuit of proper cat health care.


Cats suffering from allergies exhibit symptoms that include sneezing, wheezing and coughing coupled with itchy skin, eyes and ears. In most cases where the allergen was ingested, the cat suffers from diarrhea and vomiting.

The best treatment for allergies in cats is to remove the offending allergen from the environment. Of course, there are medications that can be applied on the skin, ingested through the mouth or injected into the scalp to control the symptoms of allergy but these will still be of little effect when the allergens are not removed.

• Implement a flea control program recommended by the veterinarian
• Use an unscented litter since your cat may be allergic to the ingredients in the scented one
• Change the bedding and vacuum the cat’s bed at least 2 times a week in addition to the usual removal of dust around the house
• Identify and then remove the offending food that may be causing the allergy


Probably the most common and yet the easiest to resolve in cat health care issues is the presence of fleas. You will know that your cat has fleas through the common signs of persistent scratching anywhere on the body in addition to hair loss, pale lips and gums. To confirm an initial diagnosis of fleas, run a fine-toothed comb over the cat’s fur particularly around the tail and the neck. Fleas are present when small brown shapes are seen on the fur while black spots and tiny white grains are on the comb.

Again, preventive measures are the best treatment against fleas. Vacuum the rugs, beddings and other places where the cat likes to stay while also applying anti-flea products. You may have to hire professionals to do the job.

Skin Problems

Yet another area of proper cat health care that every pet owner must be aware of is the wide variety of skin problems in domestic felines. Keep in mind that the condition of the cat’s skin is a good indicator of overall health.

Skin problems in cats can be caused by many factors but the symptoms are similar. You will observe constant scratching, scabs, skin redness, and rashes, among other signs. We always suggest getting the cat to a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment since the skin disease can be due to things like ringworms, ear mites, allergies and even tumors.

In the end, proper cat health care means being observant about your pet’s physical characteristics as well as behavioral traits for signs of anything unusual. Then you can let the vet provide the right treatment and tips to help your pet along the path to wellness.