Cat Conditions & Life Stages

Cat Conditions & Life Stages

Cat Conditions

Dealing with your pet’s health problems can be stressful. Understanding certain health conditions your pet might be facing can help bring you one step closer towards nutritionally managing the condition.

Dental

A pet’s bad breath can be a sign that your cat may be developing dental problems. If ignored, many types of dental conditions are not only irreversible, but can eventually result in tooth loss or cause severe health issues. But how do you know if your cat’s bad breath is a symptom of something more serious? Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Painful chewing
  • Gum discolouration

Diabetes

Feline diabetes mellitus, or a deficiency of insulin, can be diagnosed at any age. 75% of cats that develop diabetes are between the ages of 8–13. Overweight cats are at a greater risk1. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination

1 Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline. Fifth Edition 2011: 366

Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD, is a common condition seen in cats. In many cases cats will have crystals or stones form in the urine, which can irritate the lining of the urinary tract. In male cats, crystals or stones can partially or completely block the urine flow. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Frequent trips to the litter box
  • Crying when urinating
  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Excessive licking of genital area

Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities and intolerances can develop any time- even after years of feeding without issue. Food intolerance in cats generally appears as gastrointestinal upset or intense itching and scratching. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excess gas
  • Intense itching or scratching

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Cat digestive system problems are one of the most common reasons cats are brought to their veterinarian. Some cat digestive system problems may improve quickly, but more serious conditions could result in weight loss or dehydration. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Excess gas
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in cats is an inflammation of the lining of the intestine. IBD is a chronic condition that may last your cat’s lifetime. The good news is that many cases of IBD can be successfully managed if owners carefully follow feeding and/or medication instructions from their veterinarians. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting

Kidney Disease

Chronic feline kidney disease is usually a progressive disorder, involving the loss of adequate function over a period of months to years. However, medical treatment and dietary management may help and make your cat more comfortable. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes:

  • Increased urine volume
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual breath odor

Obesity

It has been estimated that over 50% of US cats are overweight1. While gaining a few pounds may not affect a human body, adding a few pounds to a cat’s body can place addition stress on the animal’s heart, lungs and joints. Without proper weight management, cats have a higher risk for diabetes, arthritis and other conditions. Your cat may be overweight if:

  • You cannot feel her ribs
  • Her belly is rounded when viewed from the side
  • Her waist cannot be seen when viewed from above

1 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 2013

Cat Life Stages

Kitten

Your Kitten needs the best possible nutrition to provide a foundation for a lifetime of good health. The diet for your kitten should give her the required complete and balanced nutrition to support her developing systems including strong bone and healthy muscles. Contact your veterinarian for more information about the unique needs of kittens

Adult

An everyday diet for your cat should provide complete and balanced nutrition, contain high quality ingredients. Look for a formula that contains a quality protein source, antioxidants that support immune health and omega 6 fatty acid including linoleic acid. Living life to the fullest is made easier when your cat receives the nutrients she needs.

Senior

As age sets in, your cat’s nutritional needs change and require a different type of care. Contact your veterinarian for more information about the unique needs of senior cats.

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