Serious Cat Diseases

List of Serious Cat Diseases

Below is a list of serious cat diseases as identified by American Association of Feline Practitioners as serious cat diseases affecting cats today.

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Feline ImmPixabay Image 569956unodeficiency Virus (FIV) ♦ (FIV) was first discovered in 1986 when cats in a cattery started showing signs of immunodeficiency-like illnesses.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) ♦ (FIP) is a disease caused by a feline coronavirus (FCoV). Little is still known about this disease.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) ♦ (FeLV) is one of the most common and important infectious diseases of cats and is present in feline populations around the world.

Feline Chronic Renal Disease ♦ The number of cats diagnosed with chronic renal disease increased nine-fold between 1980 and 2000 and now afflicts over 2 million felines, with 49% of cats over the age of 15 suffering from the disease.

Feline Heartworm Disease ♦ Feline heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states. Wherever dogs are considered to be at risk for heartworms, cats are at risk as well.

Feline Hyperthyroid Disease ♦ Feline hyperthyroidism is a result of excessive circulation of the active thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The cause of this increase in hormones in 95-98% of cats is due to a benign tumor (adenoma) of the thyroid gland.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) ♦ Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease refers to several conditions that can affect the cat’s urinary bladder and/or urethra.

Rabies ♦ This is a viral disease that causes infection of the peripheral and central and nervous systems. The virus is transmissible between many species including domesticated and wild mammals, along with humans.

Zoonotic Disease ♦ These are also known as zoonoses, are diseases that are transmissible from living animals to people.

Feline Medical Conditions

Diabetes ♦ Diabetes mellitus refers to a condition in which the cat’s pancreatic cells do not secrete enough insulin or the cat’s cells lose their ability to respond to the action of insulin.

Obesity ♦ Obesity in cats has been linked to many health concerns such as diabetes, liver, and heart disease, to name a few.