Is Your Cat Well?

Feb 04, 2022 Rishabh Saxena

Even though taking our beloved feline to the vet as soon as they show evident signs of illness is always the smartest move, it is better and more responsible if we study those little symptoms and common health problems that cats may develop.

In this post, we are going to look at some of the common diseases in cats.


Just like human beings, diabetes is also a common health ailment in cats. It is caused by an elevation in the sugar levels which can be due to a cat’s body’s inadequate response to insulin or lack of this hormone. The most common symptoms of diabetes in cats are increased urination, excessive thirst, increased appetite, and unexpected weight loss.

Unfortunately, we do not have any cure for cat diabetes. However, we can manage the illness by giving our cats daily insulin injections, which you can provide at home after consulting with a vet.


Otitis is an ear infection or an inflammation of the ear, common in cats and dogs. Some common signs of Otitis in cats are head shaking, swelling in the ear, frequent ear scratching, and scaly skin. Otitis is a painful condition and can affect one or both ears. And the worse part? It can also lead to the loss of your cat’s hearing ability. Since it is commonly caused by bacteria and fungus, antibiotics or antifungal medication are the most commonly prescribed medicines.


Cat Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the lining of your cat's eyelid and is very common cat disease. Common signs of Cat Conjunctivitis are red and swollen eyes, opaqueness in the cornea, and discharge from the eyes. It is always a smart choice not to ignore these early signs of cat conjunctivitis because if it's not diagnosed and treated early, cats may lose their sight. There are many topical antiviral medications available that can help you help your cat, but steer clear of any over-the-counter topical drops unless your vet has prescribed them.


Intestinal worms in cats is another common illness in cats and it is a serious health hazard because often it can go undetected. Some common signs that your cat may have intestinal worms are Vomiting, Diarrhea, Tarry faeces, unexpected weight loss and distended abdomen. A Deworming medication, given by mouth, is one of the best and most common treatment options. However, for the correct number of doses, it is advisable to contact a vet.


Sadly, one in five cats gets cancer. Some common types of cancer in cats are lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma, mast cell tumour, and bone cancer. Just like humans, cancer in cats can be localized in specific areas or may spread through most of their bodies. While a cancer detection can be and is emotionally trying, some cancers are treatable if diagnosed early. Besides this, cat cancer symptoms can be subtle. Hence, ensuring that your cat gets her regular wellness visits to the veterinarian is important.



Rishab Saxena is a 22 year old Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from New Delhi. Currently working in Brand Management. Art, Music, Marketing, Space, AI, Video Game and Meme enthusiast, his other hobbies include binge watching and (attempts at) singing.







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