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The most commom cat diseases

Cats may be exposed to specific feline diseases throughout their lives. Learn about them to better protect your kitty.

Frequently seen in cats, upper respiratory tract disease appears as a common cold, with runny nose, sneezing and breathing difficulties and sometimes conjunctivitis.

The disease is not serious in itself, but if the cat's immune system is deficient, complications can occur. If your cat has a fever and her fluids contain pus, she’ll need an antibiotic treatment until she’s completely healed.

  1. Fleas and ticks

    If your cat leads an outdoor life, she’s particularly at risk for external parasites like fleas. Fleas cause itching and, in some cases, Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. Pruritus – severe itching of the skin – is more important and can identified by lesions on the skin on the cat’s back and thighs. Protect against fleas with an anti-flea treatment that’s effective on your cat and in your house, and contains corticosteroids to reduce skin inflammation. Warning, do not use flea pipettes for dogs that contain permethrin, which is very dangerous for cats.

    Ticks, on the other hand, are much less common in cats than in dogs. However, they can also transmit serious diseases like piroplasmose.

  2. Cystitis and urinary tract infections

    Cats are especially prone to urinary infections. If your cat urinates outside her litter box, cries when peeing or if you find blood in her urine, she is probably suffering from a urinary  infection that’s common in cats. Urinary problems must be treated quickly to avoid pain and discomfort as well as potential complications like kidney infections.

  3. Upper respiratory tract disease

    Frequently seen in cats, upper respiratory tract disease appears as a common cold, with runny nose, sneezing and breathing difficulties and sometimes conjunctivitis. The disease is not serious in itself, but if the cat's immune system is deficient, complications can occur. If your cat has a fever and her fluids contain pus, she’ll need an antibiotic treatment until she’s completely healed.

Why is grooming important for my pet?

You might think grooming your pets is just to keep them looking good. But it's also about maintaining your pet's physical health.

Grooming helps to remove dead hair, dirt, tangles and dandruff. While you brush, the natural oils spread through your pet's fur, leaving the coat with a healthy sheen.

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