Cat illnesses can be difficult to diagnose – cats are masters at hiding pain and a number of health problems have similar symptoms.
Properly looked after, cats are generally pretty healthy creatures, but what do you do when your cat gets sick?
A cat's health can deteriorate rapidly – within 24 hours in some cases – so it's very important not to delay getting professional help.
It's essential to consult a veterinarian whenever you suspect that all is not quite right with your cat, or worse, that your cat may be actually be seriously ill.
It's useful, though, to have a little knowledge of some of the minor and major illnesses and the things that might go wrong with your cat's health.
This section covers some of the common and not-so-common health
problems you may come across, although it's very unlikely that you'll
encounter more than one or two of them during your cat's life.
Diagnosing illnesses is best left to a veterinarian
photo: © iStockphoto | Dennis Guyitt
Let's take a look at some of the more common illnesses and health problems:
Diagnosing feline health problems is definitely best left to a professional.
Always consult your veterinarian for advice – don't attempt to diagnose or treat illnesses yourself.
How do you go about recognizing that your cat is sick? Some of the signs that they're in trouble are listed below.
These may not always mean that your cat is seriously ill, but
it's always better to be safe than sorry, so you should get your cat
checked out by a veterinarian if they show signs of any of the
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