Cat Health Problems
Cats are elusive animals. They can hide illness very well. In Bali, just like how we get sick easily from the rapid weather changes, cats too are always at risk of getting sick at some time or another.
Our list of health problems to look for:
- Not eating or drinking water is an early sign that something is wrong. You can encourage your cat to eat by heating up wet food or giving them fresh boiled chicken or fish (they love smelly food.) If they still won’t eat, it’s best to ask a vet.
- If your cat isn’t playing or moving around like they used to, especially if they aren’t eating too, chances are they are sick and need to see a vet.
- Vomiting is a very common problem with cats with a multitude of causes. They range from eating something poisonous or inedible (like string), to an infection to hairballs. If the vomiting is bad and if they aren’t eating, take your cat to the vet.
- Diarrhea can be caused by many things, including intestinal parasites, spoiled food, allergies, infection, liver disease, cancer, and more. If your cat has diarrhea, offer plenty of fresh, clean water to prevent dehydration. Then remove their food for no more than 12 to 24 hours. Take your cat to the vet if they still have diarrhea after a day or immediately if you notice vomiting, dark or bloody stools, fever, lethargy, a loss of appetite, or if your cat is straining to defecate.
- Straining to go to the bathroom is always an emergency. Call your vet immediately.
- Fleas are a very common problem. But it’s one you can easily treat. Wash them with a flea shampoo or try a spot-on treatment like Frontline or Advantage to solve the problem quickly.
- Likewise, mange is highly contagious. If your cats likes to go outside, they might be in contact with a mangey animal. But do not stress – it is easy to treat, especially early on. Go to the vet for injections and medicine. To prevent them from getting mange, use Frontline or Advantage every month.
- Worms are always gross. Cats can get it from drinking contaminated water or from killing mice. Symptoms of a tapeworm infection can be subtle but may include vomiting or weight loss while looking bloated. The easiest way to tell if your cat has tapeworms is to look at its feces. If you see small white worms or what look like grains of rice or sesame seeds, your cat likely has worms. The easy remedy is to go to the vet for deworming medicine. It will kill the worms within 3 days and usually costs under 70,000 IDR.