Common Cat Illnesses

Cat illnesses are inevitable at some point in your cat's life.  Every cat owner loves their cat. They want them to stay healthy and live a long and happy life. It is important that when your cat is sick that you know what symptoms to look for and when to see a veterinarian.


One very common problem cats have is allergic dermatitis. Symptoms of allergic dermatitis include flaky skin, red irritated skin and hair loss. There are a few factors that could be causing your cat to have allergic dermatitis. First are allergies. Your cat may be allergic to environmental factors such as pollen, mold or dust. If you have recently changed your cat's food, it could be a food allergy. Parasites such as mites and fleas can also contribute to skin irritation. When a cat has a hormonal imbalance, they are prone to skin problems. A bacterial infection can also cause skin problems.
To avoid skin problems, it is important to focus on your cat's nutrition. If your cat has skin problems, it is important to feed him foods high in protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. These nutrients can help heal your pet's skin.
If you notice that your cat has a skin irritation, it is a good idea to see a veterinarian. Your veterinarian can diagnose the skin condition and give you a cream to cure it as well as recommendations as to what your food you should be feeding your cat so that he gets the necessary nutrients.

Dental Problems and Cat Illnesses

While good dental health is important for humans, it is also important for cats. When a cat has plaque on his teeth, it can cause tartar buildup. This can lead to bad breath, swollen gums, and gingivitis. If it is not taken care of, it can lead to periodontal disease. Eventually the gum and the tissues that support the teeth can be destroyed.
Your cat does not brush his teeth daily like humans do, however, he does brush his teeth when he eats. When the cat is chewing on his food, he is scraping off the tartar. When you see your vet, it is a good idea to has him to do a full oral check on your pet. Regular cleanings are also advised to keep your cat's teeth healthy.  This will prevent painful disease.


While many people suffer from diabetes, cats can suffer from it as well. There are many factors that can cause diabetes. Obesity, poor nutrition, stress, and hormonal abnormalities. The symptoms of diabetes in cats are increased thirst, frequent urination, depression, weight loss, and abdominal pain. You should see your veterinarian if your cat is displaying any of those symptoms. Your veterinarian will recommend a food high in fiber for your cat. High levels of fiber help lower insulin requirements and blood glucose levels. It is also important to stick with the same food for your cat. All cat foods have different ingredients and switching the foods can worsen a cat's diabetes.
From time to time your cat will get sick, it is important to know the signs that your cat is ill and make sure that you see a veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Richmond for treatment when he is.