The 10 Most Common Male Cat Diseases

A male cat, especially if not neutered can be exposed to several diseases. Understanding the causes and reading the symptoms help you keep your cat healthy.

1. Urinary Tract Infections

The urinary tract infections are more frequent in male cats that were not sprayed, but may occur in females also. This is a bladder disease and presents more risks for male cats, as a blocked urethra can be fatal. Symptoms of urinary tract infection include blood in urine, frequent urination and your cat avoids the litter tray.

2. Kidney Failure

Kidney failure occurs with older cats and may lead to death. To avoid kidney failure, ensure your cat has a balanced diet including lots of liquids and semi-dry food. A dry food diet can cause kidney failure.

3. Conjunctivitis

This is one of the most common feline diseases. Symptoms include redness and swelling of the eye membrane.

4. Flu Infections

Infections are caused by viruses and bacteria. Infections are signaled by fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and even vomiting. The standard cure for infections contains antibiotics and lots of liquids.

5. Enteritis

Enteritis is also known as feline distemper and is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Feline distemper is more likely to affect kittens and will make them really susceptible to other viruses. Feline distemper can be fatal.

6. Worms

Worms are very frequent in cats. There are several types of worms including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms or heartworms. Heartworms need special attention, as they may be fatal. The other types of worms are easily treated with a few pills.

7. Ear Mites

Ear mites are parasites that live in the ear canal of the cat, making him really uncomfortable. The cat scratches the area and you will notice that the ears are flattened. An oily insecticide can get rid of these parasites. Ear mites are very contagious and may also cause yeast infection in the ears.

8. Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Symptoms of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) include watery eyes, runny nose, frequent sneezing, vomiting or apathy. The disease is caused by the corona virus, which may live inside the cat's intestine. In some rare cases, FIP is fatal.

9. Diabetes

Feline diabetes occurs when if there is an insulin deficiency in the body. Just like human diabetes, the feline diabetes can be kept under control, but needs periodical medical supervision.

10. Hairballs

Cats groom their coat and swallow hair. The hair should be digested but sometimes it may form into a ball inside the cat's stomach. The cat is likely to vomit the hairball. If your cat has a terrible cough and vomits without eliminating the hairball, you should visit your vet.