If you have a cat and want to be a responsible owner, it’s essential that you take care of all health related issues that come in the way. A cat or kitten does not fall sick that often if you regulate where he goes and what he eats. A cat which likes to stay inside your house is less likely to fall sick due to less exposure to parasites. If your cat is big and needs to go outdoors for exercise then he gets exposed to other animals that may carry fleas, ticks and other parasites. It’s your job as the owner to make sure nothing is wrong with him. Try to observe your cat’s habits and find any irregularities in his behavior.
If the cat gets parasites like ticks from other street cats, some symptoms could be easily seen. He catches what is known as Lyme disease and becomes clumsy. He will get not want to move around a lot and may limp sometimes too. There would be clear loss of appetite and reluctance to play around. All cats are covered with fur unless they are of a specific kind which does not. They may gather some hairs while eating and swallow them. After a few days of swallowing the hairs become shaped as balls inside them and cause breathing problems or choking. They are used to it and after some discomfort they normally manage to get the hairball out. If they don’t, then take them to the nearest vet. Cats are prone to worms. When they get infected by tapeworms or roundworms from any food which they may have had, you’ll notice weakness and loss of weight. Spots on their stools may also be seen, which a clear sign of worms is. Medication for worms is easily available and must be kept at hand for these situations.
If you get a new cat then it’s important to check up his history. Certificates will probably be available on which feline diseases he is free from. You should get him vaccinated for some common diseases if you find that they have not been given before. One of the primary ones is the FIP vaccine which stands for Feline Infectious Peritonitis and shields him from enteritis. Another important vaccine is for protection against Feline Leukemia Virus and is named FELV. If you want to really take care of your cat, it’s recommended that you get some pet insurance for those situations when things get out of hand and costs shoot up. Make sure to have a vaccination certificate made to show anyone in the future, whom you may want to give custody of cat for a few days.