by Janet Blue on October 3, 2017

Kitties Blue and I are excited to have a guest post today. It was supposed to appear yesterday, but due to technical issues, I was forced to postpone it.

We think it is one you will find to be informative. It is written by Mary Nielsen from FelineLiving.net. As way of introduction, this is from her web-site:

Greetings, fellow cat lovers and cat parents! Welcome to our furry little corner of the internet! My name is Mary Nielsen. Together with my husband Dave, I run felineliving.net.

An important note: We are not veterinarians, animal behaviorists, nor cat breeders. The advice and tips we give here for raising happy and healthy cats are based purely on our own experience and research. It’s our goal to find the best information we can find on anything feline-related and share it with hardworking pet parents like us.

Common Cat Illnesses: A Guestographic

Our feline family members are usually pretty intelligent, but they aren’t able to tell us, in so many words, when they aren’t feeling well. As healthy as you try to keep your cat, she is vulnerable to contracting one of these several diseases. Most of them can be treated, allowing her to recover and regain her usual energy. Others, unfortunately, aren’t treatable, which means your cat will eventually cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Easily Treated

From upper respiratory infections (colds) to lower urinary tract disease (painful infections of your cat’s urinary tract), then up to feline hyperthyroidism and diabetes, once you notice something is wrong with your cat, you and your vet can decide on the most appropriate treatments. Some of the treatments, such as for upper respiratory treatments and lower urinary tract disease, are short-term, allowing her to get well. Other conditions are chronic, meaning you’ll have to monitor your cat’s condition and give her daily medications. If your cat eats something infested with worms, she’ll be obviously ill. While her symptoms may be scary, they can be treated. This treatment means she’ll receive a medication meant to kill off the worms in her digestive tract.

Treatable Chronic Illnesses

Moving up a level to more serious, but still treatable conditions, chronic kidney disease means you and your vet will need to treat what caused your cat’s illness. This may be an infection or an accidental ingestion of antifreeze. Treatment for this illness may be lifelong. Feline hyperthyroidism also falls into this category. Again, you’ll have to give her regular medications. Specialized foods may help manage her condition; though, surgery may be the only option.

Fatal Illnesses

Illnesses, such as rabies, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and feline leukemia virus infection (FeLV) are all diseases that can’t be cured.

FIP can be managed with supportive care that allows your cat to feel more comfortable. On the other hand, rabies will be fatal to your cat. Vaccinations are mandatory all across the U.S.

Between you and your vet, you’ll be able to manage your cat’s health until it’s time to let her go. The time between initial diagnosis of FeLV and FIV and your cat’s death may last for years, allowing you time to enjoy your cat’s company. While vaccines are available for FIV, they aren’t appropriate for every cat. Your vet can advise you about this. The vaccine for FeLV is suitable for all cats.



I must apologize to all of you and Mary for not being able to get a decent rendering of her beautiful and informative infographic here on our blog. You really do want to review it, so I suggest clicking on the link at the top of the page to visit her site.

I am grateful to Mary and FelineLiving.net for creating this post for us.






Canadian Cats October 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Love the infograph. This has been very informative and interesting.

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MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko October 5, 2017 at 2:13 am

That sure is an informative guest post! Thanks!
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Crystal Stewart October 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm

I just thought of a question and I didn’t see it on the graphic. How to stop your cat from scratching and biting? Vet gave her steroids and antibiotics that’s helped but what do we do when that wears off? She got a new flea and tick collar and supposed to last 8 months.
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Crystal Stewart October 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Great information. Shared on LinkedIn and with some of my LinkedIn groups. Thanks.

Katie Isabella October 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

I will go straight over and thank you…

Bell Fur Zoo October 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Dat is a great post and graphic!! Mama is gonna pop over to her site to save it fur reference 🙂

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The Island Cats October 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm

That’s a very informative graphic…easy to understand.
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Brian Frum October 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Great graphic and there is way too many things to go wrong.
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mommakatandherbearcat October 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

This is fantastic! Not only did you share a new resource – but this infographic is just plain stunning! I love the illustrations! So few people understand that cats can get sick (true story … I’ve had the conversation over and over again … last time as I was waiting for my car’s brakes to be replaced).
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Eastside Cats October 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

Really, rabies? This entire list is making me sad, but I’d do anything for my kitties.
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Ellen Pilch October 3, 2017 at 11:01 am

That is a great infographic I haven’t seen before. Sadly, we all know too well about kidney disease. XO

The Menagerie Mom October 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

This is such important information you’re sharing here. Cats are susceptible to diseases just like any of us, and early detection and treatment is so important. Thank you for sharing!
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Teddy October 3, 2017 at 5:14 am

Well we are just as vulnerable to illness and disease as people are and maybe moreso since we sometimes get into things that are NOT good for us innocently! We visited Miss Mary’s website and saw the graphic. I hope I don’t get any of those diseases but I know if I do, my Mom and Dad will do what they can to help me just as they did with Angel Sammy’s hyperthyroidism and kidney problems. Thanks for the info Kitties Blue!

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Summer October 3, 2017 at 1:11 am

That sounds about right, as far as common kitty illnesses, but the cost figures seem low – maybe because we live in a big coastal city where everything is more expensive.
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