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    6 Most Common Cat Health Problems

    4. Tapeworms

    One of the most common feline health problems inside your cat, tapeworms live in kitty's small intestine and sometimes grow as long as 2 feet. that said, tapeworms are segmented and usually break apart when expelled. It's very unlikely to see a full worm. You will usually see the segments.

    Symptoms of a tapeworm infection can be subtle but may include vomiting and weight loss. The easiest way to tell if your cat has tapeworms is to look at its feces, around its anus and in bedding.  Usually tapeworms come out of your cat's anus while it is sleeping or relaxed.  If you see small white worms or what look like grains of rice or sesame seeds, your cat likely has tapeworms. 

    Treatment options include injection, oral, or topical medication. But because cats almost always get tapeworms as a result of swallowing a flea, be sure to handle any flea problems your cat has before tackling tapeworms.

    Read more about tapeworms in cats.

    5. Diarrhea

    Many things can cause diarrhea in cats, including intestinal parasites, spoiled food, allergies, infection, liver disease, cancer, and more.

    Symptoms of diarrhea are loose, watery, or liquid stool. Depending on its cause, diarrhea can last for a day, a week, or months.

    If your cat has diarrhea, offer kitty plenty of fresh, clean water to prevent dehydration. Then remove kitty's food for no more than 12 to 24 hours. Take your cat to the vet if he or she still has diarrhea after a day or immediately if you notice vomiting, dark, or bloody stools, fever, lethargy, or loss of appetite or if your cat is straining to defecate.

    6. Eye Problems

    Eye problems in cats can be caused by a number of things, including conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, viruses, inflammation, and retinal disease.

    A few symptoms that may mean your cat has eye problems include watery eyes, tear-stained fur, cloudiness, red or white eyelid linings, gunk in the corners of the eye, squinting, pawing at the eye, or a visible third eyelid.

    Unless you know what's causing your cat's eye problems, there isn't much you can do other than call your vet. Eye problems should be considered an emergency so make appointment immediately.

    Read more about cat eye problems and discharge.

    WebMD Veterinary Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on September 06, 2016
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