Feline Medical Conditions You Should Not Treat At Home

Cats are very resilient creatures, and seem to bounce back easily from many different types of illnesses or medical problems. However, that does not mean owners should be lax in taking care of their cats properly.

Seeing a licensed veterinarian is vital for the health of a cat when it comes to certain problems. Over the counter meds or do-it-yourself home remedies will not help in these situations. They can, in fact, cause further harm or even lead to death if the medical condition is left untreated. Cat Purrspective has list of these medical conditions below:

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Abscesses

Abscesses are wounds that are created by a bite or rip in the cat’s skin that is closed over quickly, trapping bacteria inside. This bacteria grows in numbers quickly, and creates an infection that causes painful swelling.

If an abscess continues to burrow through more flesh and not treated properly and swiftly, more serious damage may be done to the cat. The infected flesh dies and will, therefore, require more medical intervention by a veterinarian.

The veterinarian will have to cut away this dead flesh and sew up the wound if the damage is too great. Most small wounds are left open, to allow drainage and healing to occur quickly.

It is not safe to try to lance or correct an abscess at home, because of the risk of introducing new bacteria back into the infected area. A vet will have sterile instruments to perform this job.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is not uncommon, and is usually not a cause for concern in healthy felines. However, persistent diarrhea will require immediate medical attention. It is not normal or safe for the cat.

Cats who remain untreated for persistent diarrhea will become dehydrated and imbalanced in electrolytes. There are many possible causes for this problem, including inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, food allergy, parasites, GI infections, eating non-food items, or sudden changes in diet.

Most of these causes will need a vet to diagnose them after a thorough examination of the feline. Trying to treat the cat at home is unwise without knowing the underlying condition that’s causing the diarrhea.

Kidney Infection

A kidney infection is a bacterial infection in the kidney. It is usually caused when bacteria from the bladder travels up the ureters to the kidneys. Cats with suppressed immune systems are more at risk than healthy cats.

A vet needs to perform a urinalysis and a urine culture, at the minimum, in order to diagnose this condition. A kidney infection is much more serious than a urinary tract infection.

Kidney infections may lead to the feline being hospitalized, and given intravenous fluids and antibiotics over the course of several days. Mild cases may only require a round of prescribed antibiotics at home.

Heartworm

Heartworm disease is typically thought of as a canine disease. Yet, it is more common in cats than once believed. If adult heartworms are left untreated, they will live in the heart and lungs of the cat, sometimes up to several years.

The cat is mostly unaffected by this. However, when the adult heartworms die, pieces of the worms can block the pulmonary vessels, which can lead to lung injury. A veterinarian can diagnose and extract adult heartworms, or treat the cat with a monthly preventative for juvenile worms.

Heartworm extraction is extremely difficult and must be done by an experienced specialist. There is nothing that a pet owner can do to treat their cat for heartworm safely at home without the instruction of a veterinarian.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is excessive pressure inside the eyeball, due to fluid build-up. If this is not treated in felines, it will ultimately lead to vision loss. A vet can diagnose this condition with an instrument called a tonometer.

Treatments include medical control or surgical intervention. If common practices do not work to control or fix glaucoma, excision of the entire eye may be necessary to ensure the health of the cat.

Because glaucoma requires medicine or surgery to control the condition, owners should not attempt to treat their cats without seeking vet care.

Obtaining veterinary help is vital to the health of pet felines, especially when faced with serious medical issues. Some medical conditions or diseases are too serious to be left unseen and untreated by a vet.

Nothing an owner can do at home for a serious issue will be equal to making an appointment with their vet to evaluate, diagnose, and treat their feline. Remain on the safe side and get the care that your fur babies need.

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