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3 Common Cat Health Problems

MDVSS Cat Health Problems

Cats are good at looking after themselves—most of the time. They are still prone to some diseases and injuries that require veterinary care.

Cats are the jewel of the internet, and many people believe they’re low-maintenance and self-sufficient. While this is true in some ways, cats still need frequent care and regular veterinary visits so owners can keep close tabs on their overall health and catch any potential health problems as early as possible. Cats are not immune to disease, illness, or injury. There are several common cat health problems that they can experience in their lifetime.


The most common type of cancer found in cats is lymphosarcoma, according to the ASPCA. Two other common types of cancer found in cats are squamous cell carcinoma and breast cancer. Cats with white heads and ears are the most at-risk for skin cancer, while some breeds are more susceptible to other types of cancer. It’s a good idea to discuss your cat’s risk factors with your vet. Breast cancer is common in female cats, but the risk can be greatly reduced by spaying early. Diagnostics and treatment will vary depending on the type of cancer and its severity.

High-Rise Syndrome

Cats are known for landing on their feet, but they’re also known by veterinarians for possessing a knack for falling off of high places. This problem is so frequent that veterinarians gave it a name—high-rise syndrome. These falls can result in serious injuries, such as broken jaws and punctured lungs. Cats are clever and nimble, but they are also accident-prone when distracted by something that has caught their interest. It’s important to keep high windows closed and make sure your cat is protected from high falls that could cause injury. 

Upper Respiratory Infections

According to the ASPCA, upper respiratory infections (URIs) in cats are most commonly caused by viruses. Keeping cats indoors, maintaining a clean home, and making sure your cat is up-to-date on their vaccinations are all ways to keep URIs at bay. Some early warning signs of a URI include excessive sneezing and coughing, as well as discharge from the nose. Watch for behavioral changes, and make sure to see your primary veterinarian regularly to catch any issues as early as possible.

An upper respiratory infection can be a short-lived illness like a cold. However, it can also be a sign of a long-term infection or illness such as FIV, FeLV, or feline herpes virus. It is important to quarantine and survey any new cats in your household and, as directed by your veterinarian, for existing feline companions by testing for these illnesses. As always, consult your primary care veterinarian for care recommendations and health screenings for your adventure-seeking feline!  

Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health

Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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