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Petsecure's Cat Health Center

The Cat Health Center contains comprehensive information regarding diseases and disorders that affect all breeds of cats. Here you can find information on the clinical signs, diagnosis, current treatment options, and prognosis. We make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, but your veterinarian is always the best source for precise medical information.


Top 10 Common Health Issues

1. Feline Infectious Anemia

Feline infectious anemia (FIA) is a disorder caused by a tiny red blood cell parasite, Mycoplasma haemofelis (and, less frequently, by Mycoplasma haemominutum).Infected animals develop a progressive and usually cyclic decrease in the.... Read More >>

2. Colitis in Cats

Colitis is the medical term for inflammation of the colon (also called the large intestine or large bowel), which is the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract, extending from the cecum to the rectum. The cecum is the first part of the colon and..... Read More >>

3. Chronic Renal Failure in Cats

Chronic renal failure (CRF) in cats is a progressive disease caused by long-term insult to the kidneys which, over time, damages their ability to concentrate urine and remove nitrogenous waste products from circulation..... Read More >>

4. Cat Diarrhea

Diarrhea is defined as the rapid movement of fecal matter through the intestine, resulting in poor absorption of electrolytes, nutrients and water and leading to abnormally frequent and voluminous evacuation of loose, unformed, soft-to-fluid stool.... Read More >>

5. Feline Diabetes

Diabetes is a general term used to refer to a variety of disorders characterized clinically by excessive water intake and urine output. There are two "big" categories of diabetes in cats, dogs and people: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus..... Read More >>

6. Skin Allergies in Cats

The term "allergy" is a general reference to an immune-mediated hypersensitivity reaction to some antagonizing environmental "allergen," which is normally innocuous to non-allergic animals. A more specific definition of "allergy" is an altered reaction to something.... Read More >>

7. Cat Constipation

Constipation is the infrequent, incomplete or difficult passage of feces from the colon. The colon - also called the large bowel or large intestine - is the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract that spans from the cecum to the rectum and anal canal.... Read More >>

8. Ear Infections in Cats

Ear infections in cats are most often caused by environmental allergens or parasites. In some cases, ear infections in cats can be caused by trauma, underlying diseases, or tumors.One of the most common, and well known, causes of ear infections in cats is ear mites.... Read More >>

9. Respiratory Infections in Cats

Upper respiratory tract infections in cats typically are caused by a combination of highly contagious viral and bacterial pathogens. Also called feline viral respiratory disease complex, feline influenza or simply "cat flu," these infections are among the most common medical disorders faced by owners of domestic cats.... Read More >>

10. Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Hyperthyroidism is the condition caused by excessive functional activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in excessive secretion of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine. It is the most common endocrine disease in domestic cats, and is extremely rare in dogs.... Read More >>