Kitten Health Problems and Symptoms

Kittens need routine checkups and at some time may even need to see a vet for a more serious health problem. Things like fleas, accidental poisoning, vaccinations, worms, or even dental care may be some of the reasons to see a vet.

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Fleas

FleFleaas are 2 to 3 mm long parasites that feed on blood by piercing the skin. Flea larvae feed on organic matter stuck to bedding, carpets, clothes, and others items.

Symptoms of Fleas in Kittens

Fleas are irritating, nasty and disruptive pests. If your kitten has small itchy bug bites and keeps scratching themselves constantly, your kitten may have fleas.

Kitten Flea Treatment

Cleaning your kitten on a regular basis helps prevent fleas from creating a breeding ground in the fur. Invest in anti-flea products such as flea shampoos, flea collars, flea dips, flea powders and sprays and flea pills.

Bathe your kitten Use a good shampoo using lavender, eucalyptus, a little salt, vinegar, or lemon juice in the water which is known to have antiseptic qualities.

Use a flea comb. Comb through the fur when washing it to get rid any fleas or eggs that may be stuck in the fur.

Use flea pills or oral medications.  These have the ability to stop the breaking of the flea egg and prevent the emerging of larva.

Wash laundry. Wash pillow cases, blankets, rugs, and bedding with hot water and laundry detergent.

Vacuum Carpet and Rugs. Vacuuming will help collect eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. However, this will not necessarily kill them so you will need to use a spray or some other method to kill them.

Use Flea Sprays and Powders.  Using these on infested areas help dehydrate and kill fleas. Natural powders can also be used such as rosemary, pennyroyal, rue, eucalyptus and wormwood.

Try a residual insecticide concentrate. An insect growth inhibitor (IGR) helps in preventing the development of larvae. Some of the recommended IGRs are Martin’s IGR, NyGuard IGR and Precor IGR.

Diabetes

If your kitten has diabetes, he/she can still live a long and healthy life.  Caring for a diabetic kitten is not very expensive and insurance is available as well.

Symptoms of Diabetes in Kittens

If your your kitten is drinking a lot of water and eating considerably more than they usually do this could be a sign of diabetes. There may also be a sign of weakness in the back legs as they tend to wobble a bit when walking.

Kitten Diabetes Treatment

You can get a blood test to know for sure if your kitten has diabetes. After diagnosis you will have to perform a number of maintenance tasks.

Veterinarian Check-ups.   At each appointment your kitten will undergo blood tests so that your vet can determine the sugar level in the blood as well as determine if your pet is responding well to any medications.

Insulin shots. You will be required to provide your kitten with insulin shots at a prescribed schedule. Usually this will be twice a day. The dosage depends upon what has been prescribed by your veterinarian.

Stock up on medicine: This includes insulin shots, syringe, and alcohol swabs. You should have more than enough insulin shots.

Ringworm

Ringworm is not actually a worm but a fungus. The fungus can be anywhere such as grass, the sidewalk, flowerbeds, home air ducts.

Spores develop during the incubation period and can be picked up by anyone. The spores can then drop off off into carpet, furniture, clothing, and bedding. Additionally, it can be picked up by your heating and air conditioning unit and circulated through out your home.

Ringworm Symptoms in Kittens

TRingwormhere may not always be outer signs of the fungus infection. However, your kitten can still be a carrier and infect you.

In most cases you will spot the fungus on the head, around the ears or eyes or on the paws and nails of your kitten. There is a variety of the fungus, which seems to concentrate in the pads of the paws or under the nail beds of your pet.

There may be circles of hair loss or circular forms of flaky red skin. Your kitty may be scratching and licking the wounded area. There may also be an increase in broken hairs and patches of flaky skin on the pets bedding, the carpeting, clothing or furniture.

Kitten Ringworm Treatment

Ringworm is easily treated, but is also extremely contagious and can be passed to others so you should have your animal treated as soon as possible.

Always consult your vet. In the most cases your vet will prescribe an anti-fungal cream and shampoo. You will just need to shampoo your pet every other day and apply the cream as directed by the vet.

In most cases if the fungus is treated properly you will start to see improvement within the first few days.

Within 7 to 10 days there should be a complete recovery from the fungus. However, your vet may recommend continued treatment for up to 2 or 3 weeks to make sure there is no recurrence of the infection.

Eye Infections

Eye infections often occur in kittens. However, while they are quite common, it is important that they be treated as quickly as possible.

Without proper treatment, a serious infection could potentially lead to blindness. Although kitten eye infections can become serious if they are not treated, many different treatment options are available.

In most cases, if caught early, your kitten should fully recover after the treatment.

Conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva is inflamed and infected. The conjunctiva is the thin pink membrane that covers the inner part of the eyelids and the eyeball’s frontal area.

Blephartis, an infection of the eyelid, uveitis, infection of the uvea, and keratitis, the infection of the cornea, are other types of infections that may occur. .

Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses, Parasites, and Protozoa can also cause eye infections.

Symptoms of Eye Infections

Some of the earliest symptoms may include redness of the eye, excessive tearing of the eye or some swelling in the area. Itching and pain may also occur if an infection is present.

Some of the more serious symptoms of an infection can include some type of discharge, aversion to light, a change in the eye’s appearance or the presence of crusting over your kitten’s eyelid.

Kitten Eye Infection Treatment

If you notice your kitten shows symptoms of an eye infection, it’s important to take it to the vet to have it examined. Your vet can do tests to determine the cause of the infection, providing you with the best treatment.

Eye drops are one of the most common treatment options. Antibiotic ointments may be prescribed to treatment bacterial infections, while viral infections may be treated with a topical antiviral ointment.

In many cases, your vet may recommend that you use warm compresses on the eye to treat the problem as well.

Kittens usually begin responding to the prescribed treatment quickly, but remember that it could still take a couple weeks until the infection is completely gone and the eye once again returns to normal.

Cystitis

Cystitis is an infection of the bladder which can cause inflammation and which can even potentially cause damaging long term effects.

Symptoms of Cytitis

Your kitten may be showing certain symptoms of cystitis which includes anything from bloody urine to more frequent urination.

Kitten Cystitis Treatment

It is a simple process used to find out what the pH level of your cat’s urine is and therefore whether there is too much alkaline in their diet. In just a few minutes you can see the pH level in the cat’s urine and make a determination.

You can use a urinary acidifier for one thing which, when added to your cat’s diet, can work by keeping the pH of the cat’s urine low. You want to read the label of cat food products before giving them to your cat and also ensure they are getting enough water. Your cat needs to stay hydrated and this means getting enough water on a regular basis.

Check your cat’s water bowl regularly to ensure it is full of water. Cats cannot drink too much water and a proper consumption of water is going to help them fight against conditions like cystitis.Some owners even choose to make their own cat food at home so they can be sure of exactly what ingredients are being used in the food.

If you ever notice the symptoms of cystitis or any other infection in your cat you want to get them in to the vet as soon as possible. They are probably uncomfortable and in a lot of pain so the last thing you want them to do is suffer for longer than necessary.

 

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