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In a previous blog, we discussed common diseases that can be found in your dog. Today, we will discuss common diseases that can affect your cat so you can be better prepared to recognize the symptoms before it’s too late. Continue reading for part one of this multi-part series.

Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)

Pet owners who adopted their cats from a shelter were probably warned about URIs at the time of adoption. This is due to the fact that cats who live in multi-cat homes or shelters are the most susceptible to URIs because they can be transmitted from cat to cat simply by sharing food and water bowls. Once a cat get a URI, they can be a carrier for their entire lives. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Runny nose with clear or colored discharge
  • Loss of, or decreased, appetite
  • Fever

These are just a few of the symptoms associated with a URI, If you notice a change in your cat’s behavior coupled with any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with 911 Vets.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease that exists in both humans and animals and is caused due to either a lack of insulin production (Type I), or impaired insulin production combined with a poor bodily response to the hormone (Type II). Insulin is the hormone that is responsible for monitoring the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood. When the insulin fails to monitor your cat’s blood sugar, it could lead to a myriad of health problems. A few of the symptoms associated with feline diabetes include:

  • Change in appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Increase in water consumption

As we mentioned above, diabetes is a very complex disease and should be researched thoroughly. If you suspect your cat has diabetes, contact 911 Vets immediately. With our mobile vet clinic we can come to your home and assess your cat and give you all the necessary information. Contact us today.

High-Rise Syndrome

During the Spring, you may enjoy opening the windows to let in some fresh air. However, if you have windows without any screens, this poses a real threat to your cat. In an attempt to get a better whiff of all the smells from outside, your kitty may jump up on sill, but if he or she has too much momentum and there isn’t a screen to catch them, your cat could end up falling. 

You cat’s claws will allow them to grip to things like tree bark or carpet, but window sills, concrete, and brick are too smooth for your cat to grip. If your cat does fall from a window, or off your terrace, they could suffer injuries such as punctured lungs, shattered jaws, broken bones and more. To prevent high-rise syndrome, it’s important to install secure screens on all your windows, and check any previously installed screens to make sure it isn’t easy for your cat to push them open.

If your cat falls out of a window, there is a 90 percent chance they will survive if you call 911 Vets immediately. 911 Vets mobile vet clinic provides all the services of your traditional veterinary clinic, right in your home. Call us for more information about our services, or schedule an appointment with 911 Vets today.