There are several common medical problems in cats that can be very expensive to remedy.
One of the most frequent is foreign body ingestion affecting the small intestine. A problem like this takes place when a tough as old boots object is ingested and cannot pass through the intestine. General items include string, yarn, thread, shoelaces, and the rubber bands and rubber nipples on baby bottles. The most tragic thing is that this recurrently fatal and completely preventable. How can you avoid it? Keep all small foreign objects like these far away from kitty’s reach.
Another very common condition is urinary tract obstruction. This circumstance is most likely genetic in nature and there is likely not very much can do to prevent it. On the other hand, you can reduce problems in some felines by making sure they get an abundance of liquids in their diet. Some veterinarians advocate feeding canned food because it contains a higher percentage of water content than dry kibble, using mechanical water fountains, motivating drinking by changing the water more regularly, filling the water bowl frequently, or adding a tuna water ice cube to the water to make it tastier.
Yet another regular problem is foreign body ingestion in the stomach. Comparable to small intestine foreign body ingestion, this happens when the foreign object is caught in the stomach instead of the intestine. Keep all items that your cat could ingest out of her/his reach. Observe kitty’s behavior when playing with toys to make certain she/he doesn’t try to gobble them up…
Bladder stones are common as well. Regrettably, there is nothing known of that can avert this condition. You may diminish the risk by ensuring that your cat has plenty of fresh, clean water at all times and heartening her/him to drink. Guarantee kitty is eating a good quality cat food too. If your feline has a history of bladder stones, there are particular preventative diets which can help curtail the chance of reoccurrence.
Hyperthyroidism is another frequent problem occurring among cats. Unhappily, this is another difficulty with no known preventable factors. The standard symptom is weight loss in cats 8 years or older who are otherwise eating more often than not. Nevertheless, early diagnosis can help prevent complications.
And then there is cancer, which is not uncommon either. Alas, there is nothing that now known that can thwart cancer. Common and expensive cancers on the list include skin cancers and rectal, intestinal cancers. Worth mentioning is Fibrosarcoma and sadly, there is nothing currently known that can completely prevent it. Some studies propose, but have not yet proven, that one cause of this condition is vaccinations, with the cancer taking place at injection sites. Talk about what vaccines your feline needs based on his risk profile and age. Early diagnosis is central, so report any skin lumps to your veterinarian as soon as possible…
Lastly there is acute renal failure. Some causes of sharp renal failure that can be prevented, in particular the ingestion of antifreeze and Easter lilies. To stay safe, keep all antifreeze and plants out of the reach of your cat at all times.
Keep in clear mind, early detection is imperative for survival, so never skip your cat’s yearly exam. No one wants to lose a kitty friend.