It is better to be aware of possible threats than to be oblivious of them. A silent killer’s strength is in the ignorance of the haunted. Once you are aware of the diseases that kill cats silently, you will know what to look out for and when the symptoms appear, you will be alert. Also, this knowledge will help you to prevent your cat from falling victim of any of these deadly things. If you want to keep your cat around and healthy for quite a long while, you should read this article.
Below are the things that kill cats silently:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) – This condition is also known as chronic renal failure or kidney injury. When a cat has chronic kidney disease, 75 percent or more, of the cat’s two kidneys are damage and not working. When a cat is plagued with this disease, it begins to urinate very frequently, drink excessively, lose weight, have fatal lethargy, huge clumps in litter box and ulcer in the stomach, esophagus and mouth, causing bad mouth odour. Although chronic renal failure is a quick killer in dogs, cats can live with it for much longer. You can counter the condition by reducing the amount of protein in the cat’s diet, increasing how much water he consumed and increasing blood work.
Hyperthyroidism – As you can deduce from the name, this is when the thyroid gland produces the thyroid hormone excessively. This disease has been reported to occur mostly in geriatric cats. The clinical signs of this disease in cats are very similar to that of a cat that has chronic kidney disease. The evident signs include diarrhea, vomiting, excessive water intake and urination. However the most evident sign of hyperthyroidism is a voracious appetite regardless of evident weight loss. Other effects include blood clot, blood loss, hypertension, rapid heartbeats, stroke and also damage to organs including heart and kidney. The sooner this disease is treated, the less damage it causes for the cat. The treatments which includes medication and or surgery (as the medical practitioner deems fit), are quite effective.
Cardiac Disease – This is also called heart disease. This condition is easier to detect in dogs than in cats because dogs have audible heart murmurs that can be heard without the use of a stethoscope and quickly attended to. It’s sometimes not very clear to hear the heart murmuring when a cat has cardiac disease. So, this makes the cat suffer in silence and when it begins to show a sign of illness puts the owner in confusion and also make the veterinarian work harder to find out what is wrong with the cat. However, other clinical signs of cardiac disease in cats include a non-rhythmical and fast heartbeat, rapid and difficult breathing, cold and painful hind limbs and eventual paralysis of the hind limbs, convulsions, lameness and even death. Quick consultation of the veterinarian is highly recommended because this disease leads to death if untreated quickly. The treatment does cure the disease totally but it stops it from getting worse and as long as it is administered, keeps the cat alive.
It is very important to keep close and frequent examination of your cat, because most of the deadliest diseases are silent and may not be evident until they are worse. Alert your veterinarian once you notice anything unusual.