Kittens are cute, cuddly and tons of fun. But their youth also renders them vulnerable to a number of health issues. Fortunately, all of those problems are easily treatable.
These pests are a common nuisance for both cats and dogs. But in kittens they can cause life-threatening cases of anemia. And if your kitten is six weeks or younger, you will be unable to use traditional flea treatments because the chemicals in them can be toxic to young cats. Symptoms of flea infestation include excessive itching, blood left in the fur and hair loss.
Ticks are more common in canines. But these small arachnids can attach to the skin of kittens if they’ve spent time outdoors. Ticks can transmit serious and contagious diseases into your pet’s bloodstream, and, like fleas, they can also cause anemia in kittens.
3. Ear Mites
These parasites can infect your pet’s ear canal. Symptoms include ears filled with a dark wax that can resemble coffee grounds and cause an unpleasant odor and itching. If you live in a multi-cat household, you’ll probably need to treat each animal, since ear mites can spread very easily from pet to pet.
4. Feline herpes
This highly contagious virus causes upper respiratory infection and is often found in cats that come from shelters, which are breeding grounds for all kinds of bacteria. Symptoms include heavy sneezing, ocular discharge and/or lesions, “pink eye,” fever, lethargy and loss of appetite.
Roundworms are the most common internal parasites in young cats. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and pneumonia. Hookworms are less common and symptoms include blood in the stool, diarrhea, low weight gain and lethargy. Heartworms are more of a canine problem, but in cats, they can lead to a persistent cough, weight loss and difficulty breathing.
If your little feline pal has any of these symptoms, call either Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic or South Branch Pet and Bird Clinic for an appointment. Our vets will make sure your kitten gets all the care and attention he or she deserves. Just because your kitten is pint-sized, it doesn’t mean he or she deserves any less than the best in medical care. And the best is what you’ll always get at our Pet and Bird clinics.