Cover your cat from common illnesses
Cats of all ages can suffer from a range of medical problems, including injury and illnesses. We've put together this handy list of common conditions, how to spot them and how they can be treated.
Symptoms: Weight loss, increased appetite, always thirsty, diarrhoea, skin conditions, nervousness or anxiety.
Cause: Thyroid gland producing too much hormone.
Treatment: Medication, surgery, Iodine Treatments.
Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats and can make them very poorly. It's straightforward to treat, and a cat with Hyperthyroidism can lead a relatively normal life with the right treatment.
Symptoms: Inflammation, pain urinating, or life-threatening blockages in male cats.
Cause: Cystitis, stress, bladder issues.
Treatment: Medicated diets, specific foods, or surgery.
As common in cats as they are in humans, the symptoms of urinary issues can be very similar. While they aren't always life-threatening, it's something to look out for. Especially in male cats as they can develop dangerous blockages which need immediate treatment.
Symptoms: Pain when moving, slower or more careful walking, limping, sudden change in personality.
Cause: Trauma, falling or being hit.
Treatment: Casts, surgery or amputation in severe cases.
Claims for cats with fractures aren't uncommon. Their independent, roaming lifestyle and love for climbing and jumping increase the risk of a fracture. They're also more likely to be involved in a traffic accident as they are often free to roam. Fractures are painful and can be very expensive to repair, depending on how serious they are. If you suspect that your cat has suffered a fracture, you should get them seen by a vet as soon as possible.
Symptoms: Inflammation or swelling around joints, limping, soreness and reluctance to move.
Cause: Wear and tear within the joints.
Treatment: Medication or surgery.
As animals age,they become prone to arthritis - where the smooth surfaces within joints become roughened and inflamed. Cats are prone to it due to their active lifestyles, especially following injuries, falls or accidents.
Symptoms: Excessive head shaking, scratching, pawing at ears, complaining.
Cause: Bacteria, foreign objects and parasites.
Treatment: Medicated drops or medicine.
Ear infections are common in cats, with a number of parasites and infectious agents that can cause harm.
Other dangers, such as accidents or straying.
Most cats are, by their nature, very independent animals. They are loving pets, but they do like their own company and to explore their environment, and it's not uncommon not to know where they are at any given moment.
Make sure you're covered should your cat stray or is injured in an accident by ensuring that they're microchipped, so you can be reunited as quickly as possible, and are insured you'll receive help with unexpected costs in your time of need.
Protect your cat
Cat insurance can help you be prepared for the unexpected. You never know when you'll need to make a claim on your cat's insurance policy.
Pet Insurance can offer different cover options to suit your cat's needs and provide cover for accidents, illnesses, surgeries, hospitalisation and much more.
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