Who isn’t excited to bring a new kitten into their home? Just remember it is far less likely to contract a health issue if you give him/her a good-quality, healthy kitten food. Good kitten food will help him/her immune system develop in those crucial, early days.
Common diseases in kittens are:
Upper respiratory infections: Feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus are common kitten killers, particularly if the cats are just a few weeks old. Upper respiratory infections in cats are characteristically caused by bacteria or viruses, which are passed along when other cats exhale or sneeze.
Sneezing is the major symptom of upper respiratory infections in cats, although sometimes kittens will build up yellowish globs of discharge from their eyes and a runny nose. If your kitten is having difficulty breathing or refuses to eat, the situation is even more serious.
Take your kitten to your veterinarian right away. If your kitten is breathing, drinking and eating and feeling comfortable it can probably wait until the next morning, but if not, an emergency visit is in order. Upper respiratory infections in cats are very complex to treat, in particular the viral ones because there are no effective anti-viral medications.
Subsequent to five to seven days, upper respiratory infections in cats are apt to decline. Yet, some linger longer and the feline herpes virus can even linger dormant in your feline’s body, only to resurface and cause another upper respiratory infection later on in his/her life.
Feline distemper or Panleukopenia is quite rare, but is very malevolent and can be lethal. It’s an aggressive virus that attacks your kitten’s immune system, reducing it to nothing, meaning distemper is more or less untreatable. Feline distemper vaccines are accessible and routinely given. Feline distemper is sent out through the fecal-oral route and even just an atomic amount of contaminated stool can pass it on.
Kittens with feline distemper are frequently tremendously ill, suffering from vomiting, lack of appetite, and a ghastly, mucus-like white diarrhea.
Kittens suffering from feline distemper absolutely need to be hospitalized and isolated so they don’t pass on this virus. Veterinarians regularly give those antibiotics and a lot of fluids to thwart secondary infections.
Intestinal worms in cats come in several varieties, all of which are horrid and can be dangerous. Hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms, for example, can burrow into your kitten’s intestine and cause weight loss, diarrhea–sometimes with blood, and inability to thrive.
Regularly have your kitten dewormed by your veterinarian, starting at around eight weeks old. There are several cat deworming products. These are available over the counter “but veterinarians carry the best quality medicine. In addition, it’s imperative your veterinarian examines a stool sample to classify which type of worm your kitten has, because particular medications may be better suited for particular types of cat worms.
In two week, there is a re-infection risk, because little kittens can consume the eggs they passed a couple of weeks ago.
Keep vigilant watch over your new friend and he/she just may be your buddy for years and years to come.