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If you adopted a cat recently, you may be surprised to know that your new feline, may have many health problems. cats' health problems may befall under two categories, the first category of illnesses are the easy to cure or even preventable ones. a typical examples are hairballs and worms. the second category is the hereditary and serious diseases that need to take careful attention, urinary tract infections, feline infections, feline immunodeficiency, feline leukemia, and Lyme disease. those are the most common serious diseases that cats might have. in this article, we are going to highlights the main signs that your cat might display in case he is having or developing one of these diseases.

  Hairballs are the most common health problem your cat might have. due to the constant cleaning of themselves, cats swallow the loose hair while cleaning with their tongues. the swallowed hair turns into a ball, which lodges in the cat's digestive tract. so if you noticed that your cat is coughing and hacking, he might have hairballs. the good news is that the majority of cats dislodge hairballs without any troubles ( though as an owner, the final product might be unpleasant for you). but in some cases, hairballs might be threatening your cat's life, if they pass into his intestines and result in a blockage. at this point your cat might have other symptoms like constipation and lethargy, here you must take your pet to the vet for a check-up before it gets more serious.

   The second most common health problem your cat might suffer from is worms. whether roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and sometimes even heartworms. if you noticed that your pet is having difficulty gaining weight or he has white specks in his strolls( they are like grains of rice), or he is infected by the flea, probably your feline is having worms. take him to a vet, worms can easily be treated. however, if you do not treat them, they might threaten his life. 
those two illnesses might be dangerous if not treated, but they are still curable not like other more serious diseases like we mentioned earlier. 

  If your cat is not using the little box, or his urine smells stronger than usual, he is likely to have urinary tract infections. if you noticed these symptoms, take your pet to his vet because this infection must be treated otherwise it will cause other diseases, especially for male cats, because they are likely to have it more than female cats. 

  Feline infections peritonitis is a result of the transformation of coronavirus. experts in this field say that cats who are living in a multi-cat environment have positive test results of enteric coronavirus. furthermore, the virus remains in the intestines within .they can live their whole life carrying the virus without displaying any symptoms. however and due to a genetic predisposition. the virus transforms into FIP. if the cat contracted FIP, the cat will have symptoms of mild upper respiratory infection like watery eyes, nasal discharge, and sneezing. other symptoms include weight loss and diarrhea. the majority of infected cats can completely recover, but some become virus carriers.

  Another cat disease you should know about is feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or in other words cats aids. it is a serious disease but fortunately not always fatal. FIV lowers the cat's immune system's ability to fight and resist diseases and infections. cats who have FIV may not display any symptoms for years. but if the cat contracts other illnesses like oral cavity infections, upper respiratory infection, kidney disease, weight loss, and many other diseases, in the chronicle stage of FIV infection, the cat is highly suspected to have the virus.
 it must be known that all cats should be tested for the virus. especially that the cat might catch the virus in a fight with other infected cats ( it is transmitted through the saliva).

  Feline leukemia virus FLV is known for being a common fatal disease for cats. however, due to the availability of a vaccine against it, the number of cases is decreasing.  leukemia virus or cancer of the white blood cells is one of many other illnesses related to this virus. other types of cancer include; anemia, arthritis, and respiratory infections.  prevention against it consists of immunizing your cat before being exposed to the virus. cats carrying the virus are likely to have a short life expectancy. so always remember to never bring other cats to your household if your cat has the virus.

  though there are many health problems your cat is likely to have at a certain stage of his life, most of them are curable and just need you to follow the vet instruction, to make sure that your feline is having a comfortable and healthy life.

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