Wednesday 17 September 2008

The most common cat illnesses

We should be able to gauge which are the most common cat illnesses by checking which are the most common reasons for going to the veterinarians. And we can decide that by analyzing the number of claims made to insurance companies for medical expenses in relation to treatment of cat illnesses.

So Veterinary Pet Insurance say these are the most claimed for illnesses (the most common cat illnesses) - this list applies to the most recent figures available namely 2007:

1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) - see feline kidney disease and FLUTD
2. Gastritis/Vomiting
3. Chronic Renal Failure - see feline kidney disease
4. Enteritis/Diarrhea - see treating cat diarrhea
5. Diabetes Mellitus -see feline diabetes
6. Skin Allergies - see feline allergies
7. Colitis/Constipation - see home treatment for cat constipation
8. Ear Infections - see cat ear mites (this is an infestation)
9. Respiratory Infections - see URIs
10. Hyperthyroidism - see this brief overview

Diarrhea has surged up the list. Some causes of diarrhea are, diet change, intestinal parasites, bacterial or viral disease, drugs, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergy, intestinal cancer, fungal infection, hyperthyroidism, bacterial overgrowth in intestine, stomach ulcer, colitis.

At 2006 a study by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. the most common cat illnesses were:
  1. UTI
  2. Stomach upsets
  3. Kidney disease
  4. Skin Allergies
  5. Respiratory infections
  6. Diabetes
  7. Ear infections
  8. Colitis
  9. Eye infections
  10. Wound infections.
That is really about it for this post on the the most common cat illnesses.

The most common cat illnesses to cat health problems

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