Common Cat Illnesses

The common cat illnesses are diseases similar to those that humans also can have.

Urinary Tract Infection

One common cat disease is urinary tract infection. Signs of UTI in cats vary and includes blood in urine, whining and yelping sounds by the cat when using the litter box, and the frequent visits to the litter box without passing any urine.

Early diagnosis of this problem just like in humans enables the easy clearing up of the diseases and your veterinarian should be very helpful in conducting a series of test to determine cause of the problem.

Upper Respiratory Infection

A cat with an upper respiratory infection (URI) usually sneezes, coughs, have a runny nose and sometimes develop a fever. This condition also needs veterinarian care especially if the cat has no appetite and seems lethargic. The virus causing the URI can be treated with antibiotics just like UTI in cats. A fluid drip is required in cases where the cat becomes dehydrated.

Feline Distemper

Feline distemper which is a contagious infection is another common cat illness which usually affects kittens. The disease is spread through the litter boxes as well as through contaminated water source and food. Symptoms of this infection can be easily recognized since the cat with this infection is listless and lethargic, may have severe diarrhea, usually vomits and refuses to drink or eat. Dryness of skin is also one symptom of this sickness due to cat dehydration.

Diabetes and Kidney Failure

Diabetes and chronic kidney failure are also some of the common cat illnesses.

Senior cats are those that usually have kidney failure or the inability to remove waste from the blood and this is due to aging.Symptoms of a cat having kidney failure are vomiting, constipation, lack of appetite, being lethargic. The kidney failure can be confirmed by your veterinarian through a series of blood and urine tests.

Cats can also develop diabetes by which it cannot produce enough amount of insulation to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Symptoms of this are the excessive drinking and urinating of the coat, weight loss, increased appetite without gaining weight, lack of activity, and the lost of luster of their coat.


Cats like humans can also have worms inside their bodies. Watch out for

Roundworms are the most common internal parasites the cat can have. Kittens can get roundworms from their infected mother’s milk while older cats can get roundworms after ingesting an infected rodent.

Hookworms which are much smaller than roundworms can cause anemia in cats and can be a life threatening condition.

The long and flat tapeworms in cats can propagate after the cat has ingested an intermediate hose such as an infected flea or rodent. Lung worms may live in the lungs of the cat, making the cat cough.

Lung worms can be obtained after the cat eats a bird or rodent who has ingested an intermediate host.