Did you know that the two leading causes of deaths in cats besides accidents and natural deaths are roundworms and pancreatitis? They are the two most common diseases in cats whose cure is rather easy to administer but usually aren’t treated properly, owing to both of the diseases hard to detect nature as well as the cat’s tendency to never show any obvious signs of having them. But these diseases are serious enough to warrant our immediate attention as the lives of our pets are in peril if ever they do manage to contract them.
Roundworms in cats are a kind of intestinal parasite that is very common in the feline population. They have a round body and may grow up to six inches long when mature, probably longer with age. They possess a whitish brown coloring and are very similarly looking to cooked spaghetti noodles if you think about it and are usually located in the cat’s intestines, wriggling around and living off nutrients eaten by its host.
They are fairly widespread that even kittens are always known to have them. There are several modes of infection for these roundworms such as through ingestion of infected food, breastfeeding from an infected mother cat and eating live prey, like rodents, that harbors roundworms. Typical symptoms of roundworm proliferation includes a potbelly, vomiting and diarrhea, dull coat, lethargy and unexplained weight loss.
Besides the chemical and artificial way of treating round worms, there are natural alternatives to doing such. Herbs like Wormwood and Ruta Graveolens, acts like intestinal tonics whose way of treatment is by promoting regular intestinal purging to get rid of these parasites. Other helpful plants are Neem and Clove which both act like nature’s pest repellant that halts the forming of an infestation in its early stages.
Another area of concern is about the resurgence of pancreatitis in cats. Pancreatitis is the swelling in the pancreas of cats which is mainly due to a diet of highly processed foods and fats. Other known causes of it are trauma to the area of the pancreas and also of the ingestion of food that is tainted by pesticides and other toxic substances.
Typical symptoms that your cat has pancreatitis are dehydration, lethargy, poor appetite, vomiting and increased rate of breathing. Pancreatitis is a very dangerous disease if not treated properly as it can lead to several unfortunate circumstances such as kidney failure, respiratory failure due to the buildup of fluid in the lungs, blood coagulation and ultimately even death.
The natural treatment of Pancreatitis in cats involves the administering of voluminous fluid therapy as well as the maintaining of the electrolyte balance in the cats body. Plants like turmeric, milk thistle, ginger, basil and dandelion acts to alleviate pancreatic pain and is also responsible for the normal production of pancreatic enzyme needed for digestion. It is also a must to tweak the cat’s diet, staying away as much as possible from foods that are high in fats and proteins.
As was said earlier, these dangerous and often fatal diseases are relatively hard to notice on our pets. What is needed is a general attentiveness by us pet-owners, on the subtle changes in the way our pets behave and acting on it post haste, as they cannot do so on their own, and their lives really depends on it.
Published: March 30, 2014