Every species of animal have their achilles heel, their common weaknesses. This article examines the common cat health problems you can expect to see if you share your life with a cat or two. It also shows you how you can both prevent and cure the same problems, through a system of natural cat health care.
Vomiting is a common and a perfectly normal and healthy reaction of your cat when they have ingested something that doesn’t agree with them. Eating grass to encourage this action is also normal, natural and healthy. This is why an indoor cat should always have access to fresh grass. Vomiting up hairballs at the change of season is also normal and healthy. This has the appearance of a black mass, but if you tease this with a stick, you can usually see hair.
Cats fed raw bones will sometimes vomit up chards of bone many hours after ingestion. Again, this is normal, natural and healthy.
So the point here is that occasional vomiting, with no other symptoms is not something that you should be concerned about.
However, when the vomiting becomes frequent it does show that something is amiss. It could be from a variety of problems, such as kidney, liver or stomach. Kittens will sometimes vomit up roundworms, if they were caught them from their mother.
An additional problem with frequent vomiting is the danger of dehydration. If your cat is drinking more during this time, it’s a great sign that she is trying to heal herself. If she isn’t, then it is cause for concern.
Lethargy is another common problem encountered with cats. There could be a variety of reasons for this, such as injury or an illness. You will know the normal activity of your cat and when this is disturbed, there may be a problem worth investigating. Bear in mind that there is always a gradual deterioration in energy as your cat ages.
The stool is another great hint on how healthy your cat is. A sudden change can indicate a passing problem, but a sustained change may indicate deeper problems. Consistency, colour, odour, size and appearance are all important symptoms to note. If your cat has tapeworms, you will be able to see them in fresh stool. They resemble grains of white rice, but they move and expand. When they die, they turn yellow.
Your cat’s eating habits are also important hints that can indicate a health problem. Digestion takes up an enormous amount of energy, so cats will naturally fast if they need this energy to heal themselves. Never try to force feed a cat. Once the problem is resolved, your cat will naturally feel hungry again.
And last but by no means least, your cat’s behaviour will change if she has a health problem. These changes may be small such as not using the litter tray. Or they may be huge, such as becoming aggressive.
Always try to put yourself in your cat’s shoes, as it were. If you were being cared for by someone who loved you but could not communicate with you, how would you get your points across? The only way is by body language. So try to think outside the square, try to think laterally, follow your gut feelings if they work for you.
You can do something yourself here. Start off by using a system of natural cat health care. Two areas that you can make radical changes for the better immediately are in the food you feed your cat and the health care you use. Most commercial cat food is toxic and the maintaining cause of ill health and a short life span. Veterinary medicines are all liver toxic and immune suppressants.
By feeding your cat a quality, natural diet you can prevent and cure all known feline diseases. By going the extra step and using natural therapies, in particular homeopathy, your are boosting the immune system for current treatment and future protection.