Common Cat Health Problems

Cat health problems can be genetic or a result of factors out of your control, but I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy feline diet and the availability of fresh water when talking about cat health care. A healthy, species appropriate feline diet can go a long way towards prevention of some of the more common cat health problems.

Knowing this ahead of time can create a much happier life for you and your feline friend by decreasing the human and cat stress that go along with cat illnesses, as well as the unpleasant frequent and often costly trips to the vet.

If you notice specific symptoms or if you suspect your furry friend isn’t feeling well consult your vet. Here are some of the more common health issues to watch for. Continue reading

Raw Food Diet for Cats

More people are looking into raw food diets for cats as they start to think more seriously about what their cats are eating and what they feel they should be eating. Our pets are part of the family and with a combination of concerns about ingredients used in commercial pet foods and thoughts of a more species appropriate diet it makes sense that more people are considering this type of cat food.

A raw food diet isn’t as simple as giving your cat a raw chicken breast; cats need other nutrients as well so it is best to follow an approved recipe or to buy already prepared raw cat food. The benefit of making it yourself is that you can control the ingredients and make your own organic cat food if you want, or you can add specific ingredients to improve your cat’s health. Continue reading

Feline Urinary Tract Infection

Feline urinary tract infection is a serious problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated by your vet right away. It can occur in any cat, but it seems to be more common in males.

Some cats with feline urinary tract infection can develop crystals in their urine. These crystals can block the urethra and prevent the cat from urinating. A complete urinary obstruction is very serious and can be life threatening. If you notice your cat hasn’t been able to urinate seek medical attention right away, especially if he is showing other symptoms of feline urinary tract infection.

Symptoms of FLUTD or feline urinary tract infection include Continue reading

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance has become increasingly popular because of great improvements in animal health care but also because we see our pets as part of the family and want to keep them around and healthy as long as possible. Because of the advances in veterinarian medicine veterinarians can offer pet care treatments that weren’t possible just a few years ago. But some of these treatments can come with a pretty hefty price tag. That’s where animal health insurance can be a lifesaver. Continue reading

Cat Urination Issues Related To Cat Health Problems

If you cat isn’t using the litter box, or suddenly changes litter box habits it could be because of a health condition. Cat health problems that cause a greater frequency of cat urination or defecation can be the main cause for cat behavior problems that involve cats not using the litter box.

Cat illnesses that cause pain while urinating or defecating, or cat health problems that make it difficult for the cat to get in and out of the litter box, may also be a cause. Cats can hide discomfort and health problems so if notice unusual behavior take your cat to the vet to see if a health condition may be causing the problem. Treatment can help prevent further litter box problems. Watch for these specific types of problems or signs of a possible problem. Continue reading