As most cat owners know, it can be very difficult to tell when our feline friends are feeling under the weather. However, it’s incredibly important that you know what to look for because spotting symptoms early can lead to a more successful treatment and, ultimately, a happier life for your cat.
If your cat is acting abnormally or exhibiting any of the below symptoms, contact Germantown Vet right away by calling 240-252-7467240-252-7467.
Common Cat Illnesses & Symptoms
At Germantown Vet, our experienced veterinarians get the question “what’s wrong with my cat?” quite often. Although it is impossible to accurately diagnosis your cat’s illness without a thorough examination and, in some cases, testing, we have a list of some of the most common illnesses and the symptoms your cat would likely exhibit.
Feline panleukopenia is caused by a virus commonly known as feline distemper. This contagious infection is most common in kittens, but can be contracted by adult cats as well. This is a potentially fatal illness, so it’s incredibly important to have your cat vaccinated as part of their routine veterinarian care and to bring your cat to the vet immediately if he or she is exhibiting signs of feline panleukopenia.
- Severe diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Refusal to drink water
- Dry skin due to dehydration
- Fur loss or lack of luster
Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can range in severity and can clear up on their own without you ever noticing. However, in more severe cases, it can be very painful for your pet, and, if left untreated, the infection can spread to the kidney and cause serious problems.
- Whining or yelping when using litter box
- Blood in urine
- Accidents outside the litter box
- Frequent trips to litter box without success
Upper Respiratory Infection
Much like a human cold, this contagious illness is only passed from one infected cat to another—this means most indoor cats won’t suffer from an upper respiratory infection. However, outdoor cats could contract an illness from another cat. In most cases, an upper respiratory infection can work itself out, however, if your cat is not eating or drinking, it can be a much more serious issue that requires veterinarian attention ASAP.
- Running nose
- Watery eyes
- Raspy meow
- Lack of interest in eating or drinking
Feline diabetes is just like human diabetes, in that the body does not produce enough insulin to properly maintain blood sugar levels in the body. It’s incredibly important that, if your cat has this disease, it is diagnoses as soon as possible—otherwise it can lead to a shorter life for your feline friend.
- Increased appetite without weight gain
- Weight loss
- Drinking and urinating excessively
- Less active
- Fur loses luster
- Ketoacidosis in severe cases (includes weakness, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness)
Chronic Kidney Failure
We see this illness most commonly in senior cats, and it happens as a result of the aging process. The kidneys begin to deteriorate and lose their ability to effectively remove waste from the blood stream. There is no cure for kidney failure; however, one of our veterinarians can make suggestions to improve and extend your cat’s life.
- Lack of appetite
Get a Diagnosis for Your Cat Today
If you’re asking yourself “what’s wrong with my cat?” the first thing you need to do is make an appointment with Germantown Vet. Only a trained and experienced veterinarian can accurately diagnosis and treat your furry friend, so it’s incredibly important to come in at the first sign of illness. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!