Cats are one of the most popular pets around the world. They belong to the specie of Felis Catus. They go a long, long way back as they were domesticated by the Egyptians 4000 years ago as seen on the drawings and writings on the walls in their tombs. They Egyptians even mummified them with their masters believing that they will still be together in the afterlife. They are often bought for companionship and their ability to hunt and spook rodents around the house. They are highly intelligent, agile and curious. Although, they have different personalities; some are snobbish, some are carefree, and some are cuddly and sweet.
Cats have a wide array of breeds and colors to choose from. The more popular breeds are the Siamese cats or Meezers, Siberian cats, Persian cats and the American Shorthair.
Siamese cats are very sleek and athletic. They came from Thailand, then Siam. Most people don’t know they are actually born white and that the darker portion of skin appears later as it grows older. This breed is also known for its wild temperament. Siberian cats, on the other hand, came from Russia that’s why it has thick and long coat. They are active, playful, loving and very attentive to the owner. Meanwhile, Persian cats are the most favorite cat among all pedigreed breeds. They are also from Russia and they are known to be quiet and docile creatures. They are ideal for first-time cat owners and families with children. Lastly, the American Shorthairs originated from Europe. They are gentle and quiet cats so it’s also ideal with families.
Whatever the breed, all of them gets the same disease. One of the most common is roundworms in cats because they have the habit of licking off their feet after walking wherever their feet take them. Stray cats are mostly proned with contaminating roundworms because they feed on infected vermins out in the streets. Signs and symptoms include failure to gain weight, weight loss, dull hair coat, pot-bellied appearance and coughing due to parasites infesting in their lungs. To diagnose, stool of the cat must be observed under a microscope. The process is called fecal flotation. Treatment would be deworming the cat every two weeks for the next 6 months and for prevention, deworming every year. Deworming medicine such as Ivermectin comes in powder and syrup form to be mixed with food and in syringe form to be injected into the subcutaneous part of the cat normally in the neck.
Pancreatitis in cats, however, is a more serious type of disease. One of its symptoms is lethargy. It regularly develops rapidly, but can often be treated without any permanent damage to the organ. However, if pancreatitis goes long-term without medication, other organs such as brain, liver and kidney may also fail. A full blood work up, x-ray, ultrasound and needle biopsy are needed to confirm the disease. Treatments depends on the severity of the disease, it may include fluid therapy and electrolytes, Vitamin B12 and anti-emetic drugs. There are no really ways to prevent your cat to have pancreatitis, a regular checkup is always necessary to always check your pet’s condition.