What Health Problems Will My Kitten Face (and how do I prevent them)?

Have you got a new kitten and wondering what health problems they will face both while they are kittens and as older cats? It is only by knowing this information that you can go about trying to prevent them and so keep your cat as healthy as possible.

That’s exactly what this #DrAlexAnswers post is all about!

So question number four is what health problems will my cat face and what precautions should I take for my cat as a new cat owner?

Now that's a huge question, but we can break preventative healthcare down into a couple of separate categories.

Infectious disease

So the first one would be infectious diseases. And really vaccinations are a key component of preventing a large number of very serious infectious diseases. Now your vet will be able to advise you on which ones are most appropriate for your cat based on their lifestyle and the area where you’d live.

Parasites

Now the next thing to consider is parasite control, and again, your vet will know the local risks. So it might just be fleas, it might be a few other things there, and they’ll be able to recommend the best products and the best regime for your cat. Again, based on their lifestyle and your local risks.

Neutering

Now neutering is another thing that's very important for many reasons and I've discussed that elsewhere in my post all about the benefits and timing of neutering.

Obesity

And then weight management is one of the most overlooked things and it's one of the most common that I see in the consult room is the number of overweight cats is huge. But, a cat who is overweight is at a much higher risk of developing some really serious health problems like arthritis, diabetes, skin disease, fatty liver disease, and so feeding the right amount of an appropriate diet and keeping a close eye on your cat's weight is really important.

Dental disease

Now, dental health is another thing that's often overlooked and I would say second to overweight cats, cats with bad teeth is probably the second most common problem that I see in the consult room.

Now brushing is the best way to prevent this and then we've got special diets, we've got chews, we've got different feeding practices that can also help and there are things that we can add to the water or put directly on the teeth that can also help. But cats can be a challenge with all of these things so really close monitoring and intervention in the early stages is very important for this.

Watch out for any changes in behavior

And then there are other common health risks and that really depends on the age of the cat. But ultimately the message would be for these, to seek help at the early stages when you first notice a change in your cat, when you’ve first got a concern rather than leaving things unaddressed for too long. Now that might mean that there are some times when you're worrying unnecessarily.

But if we're picking diseases up, if we're picking problems up early, then we're going to be in a much better situation to prevent those from becoming a problem later on.


The above is a transcript taken from “The Dr Alex Answers Show”.

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