Cat Illnesses: Symptoms and Diagnosis

siamese cat illnessesIt can be quite difficult to know whether your Siamese cat is sick. Cats know how to hide pain and various health problems as well as their symptoms.

When properly looked after, Siamese cats are generally healthy pets. However, when they get sick, what can you do?

Your cat’s health can deteriorate fast – within 24 hours in comes cases. Therefore, when you suspect something is not quite right with your cat, or she is seriously ill, it is crucial to consult a veterinarian.

According to Mary Pistorius, one of the leading Clovis veterinarians, “As a pet owner, it’s also important to have some knowledge on the minor and major illnesses your furry friends are likely to encounter. In this section, we provide an outline of some common and rare health problems that your cat may experience.

However, it is unlikely that your Siamese cat will suffer from more than one of the conditions during her lifetime.

Common Siamese Cat Illnesses

Some of the common illnesses and health problems your cat may encounter include:

  • Vomiting
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Ringworms
  • Mange
  • Hairballs
  • Gum disease
  • Fleas
  • Eye problems
  • Ear mites
  • Diarrhea in kittens
  • Diarrhea in cats
  • Constipation
  • Allergies

Serious Cat Illnesses

Below are some of the more serious illnesses that your car may encounter:

  • Rabies
  • Pancreatitis
  • Lyme disease
  • Kidney disease/ renal failure
  • Inflammatory /Irritable bowel disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Heart disease
  • Distemper
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Anorexia

Diagnosing Cat Illnesses

You should leave the work of diagnosing feline health problems to a professional. It is advisable to always consult your vet for advice when you notice your cat has any illness symptoms. You can also go with you cat to a family friendly Clovis pet hospital for diagnosis. You should not attempt to diagnose or treat your Siamese cat yourself.

Signs and Symptoms of Siamese Cat Illnesses

What signs should you be looking for to know whether your cat is sick? We have listed the signs to look for below. However, keep in mind that just because your Siamese cat shows these signs does not mean she is seriously ill. Still, it is better to be safe than sorry. You should contact a vet if your cat shows any of the following signs:

  • Is generally not responsive, looks unwell or uncomfortable
  • If pregnant, has difficulty giving birth
  • Has loose skin or an “open” coat
  • Appearance of unusual bumps or lumps
  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
  • Peeing outside the litter box or general trouble when urinating
  • Increased drinking and urinating
  • Bumping into things or walking in circles
  • Unable to walk normally or stand upright
  • One or both pupils don’t respond to light
  • Seizures, fits and or repeated twitching
  • Not drinking
  • Not eating (especially for more than 24 hours)
  • Repeated diarrhea
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Bleeding from a would or anywhere else on the body
  • Watery or runny nose and eyes
  • Persistent coughing
  • Difficulty in breathing

If your cat shows any of the above signs and symptoms, you should get her to a vet clinic to be examined. The symptoms may be nothing, but you do not want to risk the life of you cat by ignoring them.

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