Ragdoll cats are a hearty breed that has very few health problems. A healthy Ragdoll with proper diet and exercise can live to be twenty years old. One common problem with Ragdoll cats is they tend to have sensitive stomachs. This can result in frequent vomiting when eating their food too fast or dealing with a hairball.
If you observe frequent vomiting with your Ragdoll cat, it is not necessarily cause for alarm; however, you should contact your veterinarian to rule out any other medical reasons for frequent vomiting. It is important to have a check up with your veterinarian at least once every year. Your veterinarian will keep your Ragdoll’s vaccinations current and test for parasites.
During the exam your veterinarian will listen to your Ragdoll’s heart, check his or her eyes, listen to your cat’s lungs and check the ears. Your cat’s eyes should be clear and bright, the ears should be free of parasites, and your cat should have a strong and regular heart beat. Your veterinarian should examine and clean your Ragdoll’s teeth if necessary.
Infections of the upper respiratory tack are common in cats; when a cat has a cold they often shun their food because they cannot smell. If you suspect your cat has a cold you should contact your veterinarian immediately. If your cat is having sneezing fits you should isolate him or her from your other pets as respiratory infections can be highly contagious.
Another common health problem for cats is urinary tract infections. If your cat cries or howls when using the litter box this is a strong indication of an infection. If your cat suddenly stops using the litter box it could indicate a bladder infection. If you suspect an infection or observe a sudden change in behavior it is best to contact your veterinarian.
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