10 deadly cat diseases and symptoms

Do you love to pet cats? If the answer is yes. Then today's post is going to be very important for you. Because, in this post, we will discuss some serious diseases of cats and their symptoms. If you know about them, you can take measures to prevent your pet from getting sick. And as a cat lover, knowing about them is very important in our opinion. So let's get into the main discussion.

10 deadly cat diseases and symptoms
Since cats are animals, it is normal for them to get sick. But there are some diseases in cats too, which cannot be saved if they are cats. And in today's post, we will discuss in detail some such diseases and the symptoms of those diseases. So that you can know some information about those diseases and can take preventive measures for your pet in advance. But if you don't read the entire post, you won't understand the whole point. So read the entire post carefully.


A cat is a domestic species or small carnivorous mammal. It can be of different types. Cats are anatomically similar to other felid species, with quick reflexes, sharp teeth, strong flexible bodies, and retractable claws adapted to kill small prey. Cats are animals whose vision and sense of smell are sharper and more developed at night. Cats have certain body language for communication like meowing, purring, hissing, trilling, growling, etc. Cats also have many other characteristics, which is why many of us keep cats. Many of us keep cats as a hobby.

But many of us think that cats don't get sick. And although the diseases are common, they are considered very common diseases. In fact, that is not the case, cats also have some diseases, and if a cat is infected with them, it cannot be saved from them. But if you can be alert about the disease and the symptoms of the disease in advance, the cat can be cured with good treatment. And that is why in today's post we have discussed 10 deadly diseases in cats and their symptoms. So that you can know.

10 deadly cat diseases and symptoms 

Usually, cats do not suffer from any major diseases. But the ones that get infected are normal and minor diseases. However, cats have some diseases that are very serious. And if a cat is affected by these diseases, it will be difficult to save that cat. According to a study by the Humane Society of the United States, there are more than 70 million feral and stray cats roaming the streets. These major diseases can spread to your pet cat. But if you know about these diseases and the symptoms of these diseases in advance. Then you can take preventive measures for your pet cat. Below we have listed the names and symptoms of some of the most serious diseases in cats.

1. Kidney disease

Just as humans develop kidney disease, cats are more likely to develop kidney disease as they age. And if the cat has this disease then it cannot be saved. This disease usually occurs in cats if they ingest toxic substances such as antifreeze, pesticides, or human medications such as ibuprofen. This disease can affect any cat of any age and any breed. But the disease is especially common in cats between seven years of age and older, long-haired breeds such as Persians and Angoras.

Dr. Roberta Relford, chief medical officer at IDEXX Laboratories, said: “As cats age, their chances of developing kidney disease increase. Treating kidney disease in cats can be very expensive. In that case, you can insure your pet. If you have any reason to suspect that your pet cat has kidney disease. Then take it to a good vet immediately, so that he can check your pet's blood and urine and treat it accordingly.

Often this problem is caused by a cat's urinary tract obstruction. In this case, you should admit your cat for sedation and give hydration therapy, medication, and kidney-friendly food as prescribed by the vet. Now you may be asking – How do I know if your cat has kidney disease? In this case, if you notice the following symptoms in your cat, take them to the vet as soon as possible and get them checked out.

symptoms of kidney disease

  • Weight loss in cats. 
  • Dry coating.
  • Bad breath with cat breath. 
  • Increased bowel movements and urination. 
  • Excessive thirst etc.

2. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

FIV is a cat disease that is transmitted through bite wounds enters the bloodstream and attacks the cat's immune system. And this disease is usually caused by lentiviruses or "slow viruses". This virus is usually transmitted slowly between cats. This makes it clear that this patient is a cat. But this virus gradually weakens the cat's immune system. This disease usually occurs in young kittens. However, the details are not published. For this, test your cat when it is young.

And if you think your cat has FIV, get to a good vet and get treatment ASAP. Because this disease is not a common disease for cats, it is a very serious disease. A cat infected with this disease can die. How do you know if your cat is infected with this disease? To know this you need to know the symptoms of this disease. So the symptoms are highlighted below so that you can know.

symptoms of (FIV)

  • Rapid weight loss in cats. 
  • Appearance of skin diseases. 
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dry coating etc.

3. Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia is a deadly disease in cats. Spread from cat to cat through urine, nasal discharge, and saliva. Many times the disease is contracted through cat bites, sharing food, water bowls, litter boxes, and grooming each other. This disease can be spread by the mother cat to her kittens. Kittens are more likely to get this disease than normal adult cats. This disease can be caused by several conditions such as a weakened immune system of the cat, bone marrow failure, etc.

As this disease is a contagious disease. So if a cat with this disease is in contact with or a good cat walks then there is a high chance of getting this disease. And if this disease occurs in a cat, then that cat cannot be saved. So always keep your pet cat carefully. So that he can't go near the infected cat. And if any cat is affected by this disease. Then there are some of the symptoms mentioned below.

symptoms of Feline Leukemia Virus

  • Diarrhea in infected cats. 
  • Skin disease in affected cats. 
  • Bladder infection. 
  • Infertility.
  • Fever.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Lethargy.
  • Recurrent infections, etc.

4. Diabetes disease

Most of us know that diabetes only happens to humans. But many people don't know that it can also happen to cats. And many of you may be wondering how diabetes occurs in cats. In fact, cats are also prone to diabetes. And this disease is very deadly for cats. A cat can even die from this disease. Diabetes is usually caused by too little of a hormone called insulin. And for this insulin hormone to remain normal in the cat's body, the cat is given an injection. You can also know that your cat has diabetes if you see some of the following symptoms in your cat. For which you need urgent treatment.

symptoms of diabetes disease

  • Increased urination and thirst. 
  • weight loss.
  • To vomit.
  • Urinary tract infection. 
  • Lameness in hind limbs. 
  • Increase in appetite etc.

5. Rabies disease

Most people know that dogs are familiar with rabies. But did you know that cats can also get rabies? Rabies is a disease that poses a serious threat to many pets and humans around the world. This disease directly attacks the cat's nervous system, spinal cord, and brain. This can cause a cat to die within seven days. In the United States, the disease affects cats more than dogs. Rabies is a contagious disease.

As a result, this disease can be transferred from the cat's body to humans. This is why you'll find veterinarians in many cities or markets offering rabies vaccinations to cats and dogs. Cats with this disease are not treated but are vaccinated annually. If your pet cat has this disease, you can see the symptoms mentioned below.

symptoms of rabies disease

  • Changes in cat behavior. 
  • Becoming aggressive/aggressive. 
  • To appear loss of muscle control/comatose. 
  • Fever Muscle spasms. 
  • Hyperactivity etc.

6. Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

FIP is a disease caused by a feline coronavirus that is transmitted through feces. Many doctors are afraid to diagnose this patient because there is no treatment for cats infected with this disease. FIP has two forms – wet and dry. If the disease is wet, the wet forms a clot in the cat's chest, causing abdominal distension or breathing problems. When dry, this form forms inflammatory lesions all over the cat's body called pyogranulomas, which affect the cat's vital organs and systems such as the kidneys, liver, and nervous system. This disease usually affects cats under two years of age.

If this disease occurs in your cat, then the following symptoms will appear in your pet cat.

symptoms of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

  • The cat will have difficulty breathing. 
  • The cat's stomach will swell. 
  • The cat will become lazy. 
  • The cat's appetite will decrease. 
  • Weight will decrease. 
  • Fever etc.

7. Heartworm disease

This disease can be very fatal for your cat. Because this disease directly infects your cat's heart and lungs. The disease is usually spread by mosquitoes and weather and climate change. The American Heartworm Society states that the disease is harder to detect in cats than in dogs. That is, if the dog has this disease then it can be detected, but if the cat has this disease then it cannot be detected. As a result, the cat died. Although the disease is undiagnosed if a cat is infected with this disease, the cat may exhibit some symptoms such as:

symptoms of heartworm

  • Cat cough. 
  • Vomiting 
  • Weight loss. 
  • Seizures etc.

8. Hyperthyroidism disease

The disease is usually caused by an overproduction of thyroid hormones. If your cat is infected with this disease, the metabolic rate of the cat's body will increase and the cat's kidneys, heart, liver, and other vital organs will be severely stressed. As a result, the cat may die. To know if your cat has this disease, you need to know the symptoms of this disease. Below are some of the symptoms of this disease:

symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • Vomiting. 
  • Diarrhea.
  • Increased urination and thirst in cats. 
  • Dry coating. 
  • Changes in the cat's appetite. 
  • Increased heart rate. 
  • Weight loss etc.

9. FIA – Feline Infectious Anemia

This disease is caused by a group of bacteria (mycoplasma). which attacks and destroys the red blood cells in the cat's body. As a result, the cat becomes anemic and the cat dies. If this disease occurs in your cat, the following symptoms will appear.

symptoms of FIA – Feline Infectious Anemia

  • Pale gums.
  • Fever.
  • Fast heart rate.
  • Lethargy/weakness.
  • Rapid breathing, etc.

10. Cat Flu disease

Many of us think that the flu is only seen in humans. In fact, those who think this are still fools. Because this disease is now more common in cats than in humans. That disease can appear as a harmless sneeze in some cats and can lead to serious illness in many cats. This disease usually destroys the cat's eyes. The disease can spread like wildfire among cats. If your cat has this disease, it will show some of the symptoms mentioned below.

symptoms of Cat Flu disease

  • Nasal discharge.
  • Fever.
  • Sneezing.
  • Reduced appetite.
  • Ocular discharge.
  • In rare cases –limping.
  • Weight loss.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Lethargy, etc.


Although the cat does not suffer from any diseases. And if there are any diseases then they are very normal. We all think so. But this is our complete misconception. There are also some diseases in cats that are known to be very serious diseases for a cat. And we arranged this post with some such diseases. You may have read this post and now you know about those diseases and their symptoms. Always be careful of the diseases mentioned in this post. Because these diseases are very dangerous for your cat. Most of these diseases are contagious. So always be careful. And if you benefit from reading this post, then definitely share this post with others. thank you.

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