Common Cat Diseases - symptoms & treaments

Kitten owners know that their pets are prone to a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. While some of these illnesses are minor, some can be serious and even life-threatening. To help kitten owners better understand them, here are five most common cat diseases, along with their symptoms and treatments.

Feline Upper Respiratory Infections (URI)

This is a very common cat disease and it is caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria. Symptoms of URI include sneezing, runny nose, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Treatment of URI typically involves antibiotics, fluids, and rest.

Feline Herpes Virus

This virus is very contagious and is typically spread through sneezing or saliva. Symptoms of feline herpes virus include sneezing, eye discharge, and mouth ulcers. Treatment of this virus typically involves antiviral medication and eye drops.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

The FeL-Virus is spread through saliva, urine, and feces. Symptoms of FeLV include depression, weight loss, and diarrhea. Treatment of FeLV typically involves supportive care such as fluids and antibiotics.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

This virus is spread through saliva and is similar to HIV in humans. Symptoms of FIV include fever, weight loss, and poor appetite. Treatment of FIV typically involves supportive care such as fluids and antibiotics. 

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

FIP is a very serious and potentially fatal disease caused by a virus. Symptoms of FIP include fever, weight loss, and abdominal swelling. Treatment of FIP typically involves supportive care such as fluids and antibiotics.

Although these are some of the most common cat diseases, there are many other diseases that cats can be prone to. As a cat owner, it is important to take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a checkup to ensure that your cat is healthy and free of any illnesses.