Chronic kidney disease
Commonly known as CKD, chronic kidney disease means that over 75 percent of both the kidneys present in the feline’s body fails to perform correctly. Symptoms of CKD in cats include excessive drinking of water and urination, larger bowel movement and stools, weight loss, bad breath owing to the formation of ulcers, lethargy, and hiding. Don’t worry as with proper health management, CKD can be treated enabling the cat to live for more years to come. Including a low-protein diet, taking regular blood tests, appropriate medications and fluids can significantly help.
Hyperthyroidism exists when the thyroid gland in the feline produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. Significant symptoms of hyperthyroidism to watch out for are vomiting, diarrhea, excessive water intake and urination, substantial weight reduction, racing heart, hypertension, and secondary organ damage. Hyperthyroidism is known to cause a considerable appetite due to increased metabolism despite weight loss. However, effective treatment includes removal of thyroid glands through surgery, special diet, medication and through radioiodine therapy.
DM or diabetes mellitus are prone to occur in obese and overweight cats mainly. Diabetes means that the pancreas in the body fails to produce adequate amounts of insulin necessary to control sugar levels in the body. Typical symptoms associated with DM are excessive urination, increased intake of water, larger stools, obese figure, extreme hunger, fatigue, abnormal walking, and bad breath. DM can be redressed through following up two shots of insulin each day, consuming high protein diet with minimal carbohydrates, regular blood test and expert examination from the veterinarian.
Cardiac disease characteristic symptoms include abnormal heartbeat, excessive heart beating, increased rate of breathing, falling unconscious, difficulties in getting a breath, breathing through the open mouth, blue-tinged gums, acute paralysis, sudden pain which could lead to sudden death. Treatment for prevention of severe cardiac ailments includes taking heart medications, oxygen therapy, blood pressure support, and diuretics.
Cats are prone to gastrointestinal cancer sourced from the presence of lymphosarcoma. Clinical confirmed symptoms of cancer include vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite, difficulty in respiration, bloating of the abdomen, fatigue, and fever. As with any sort of cancer, the faster you notice these symptoms higher are the chances of survival.