Common cat illnesses

Concerned about your cat's health? Find out more in our guide.

Spotting signs of illness

Cats have evolved to be very good at hiding early signs of illness and often owners don't notice their cat is unwell. Regular vet checks will help with identifying early signs of disease.

Fleas and worm infestations are common, so you'll need to keep an eye on your pet and use routine preventative treatments. Having your cat vaccinated should prevent some illnesses - speak to your vet for more information.

Other viruses like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukaemia Virus can cause illness in cats and will need to be treated on an individual case basis. You can find out more information in our online guide, or by speaking to your vet.

Cat flu is a common illness that affects the upper respiratory tract of cats and can be life threatening. It can be caused by a combination of viruses and/or bacteria, some of which can be treated. Look out for sneezing, runny eyes and a high temperature among other symptoms.

Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by a parasite and can occur in cats. To learn more about Toxoplasmosis, see our online guide here.

Veterinary care

Even healthy cats need a visit to the vet. To help identify early signs of common illnesses but also to aid disease prevention, it is advised that all cats have a vet check at least once a year.

If you have noticed any unusual symptoms in your cat, from coughing and sneezing to runny eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea or changes in behaviour or eating and drinking habits, it is important you let your vet know. You can find out more about finding a vet here.

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