Your Ragdoll cat will get sick from time to time and you may not even be aware of it. Your cat cannot tell you when it’s sick; it’s up to you to recognize the symptoms. When you identify symptoms in your Ragdoll cat it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. Call your vet right away if you notice your Ragdoll is listless, weak, or will not drink water.
Your Ragdoll cat is not immune from allergies; like humans cats can suffer from allergic reactions, the most frequent being flea bites. As your Ragdoll cat ages their reactions to allergens such as flea bites increases. Your cat can also develop allergies to food. These allergies manifest themselves in the form of itching, dermatitis, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If your Ragdoll has frequent diarrhea you should see your veterinarian. Frequent diarrhea that persists for longer than two days requires a visit to the vet with a sample of your Ragdoll cat’s stool.
Symptoms of diabetes in your Ragdoll cat include excessive urination and drinking along with weight loss or sudden obesity. If your Ragdoll cat develops diabetes you need to carefully regulate diet and monitor blood sugar levels. Schedule and keep regular checkups with your veterinarian.
Vomiting is a common problem for cat owners. The most common cause for vomiting is hairballs. When your cat grooms its coat it will swallow loose hair. By regularly grooming your can you can minimize the amount of hair your cat swallows. Hairballs are not limited to longhair cats; even shorthair cats can be affected. Frequent vomiting could also be a symptom of food allergies, thyroid condition, or a kidney infection. Your veterinarian can perform blood tests for these conditions.
Make sure your cat is properly hydrated at all times and get to your veterinarian for a check up if your cat has been vomiting.
Upper Respiratory Infections
Infections of the upper respiratory exhibit cold or flu like symptoms. These include sneezing, runny noses, and red eyes. Consult your veterinarian for treatment.
It is always best to consult your veterinarian for advice regarding your Ragdoll cat rather than self-diagnosing based on what you have read on this site or elsewhere on the internet.
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