Toyger cat problems may befall your feline friend. Some toyger cat problems are easily preventable, while others are hereditary.
Hairballs are among the most common toyger cat problem. Toyger cats groom themselves almost constantly, and swallow the loose hair that comes off their tongues.
Cat's digestive system.
Occasionally, the hair gathers into a ball and lodges in the toyger's digestive tract instead of passing on through the body.
If your toyger starts coughing and hacking, it probably has a hairball. The end product is unpleasant for the owner. Most cats don't have a problem dislodging hairballs.
However, hairballs can occasionally pass into a cat's intestines and cause a blockage. This can be a life-threatening problem.
Some signs to look: is he constipated, off his feed, or lethargic and a dull coat. Then he could have a serious blockage. A vet exam is definitely in order.
To prevent hairballs, groom your toyger cat frequently to remove loose hair. In addition, feed your toyger cat food that helps control hairballs.
For many toyger cats, worms are a recurring problem. Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms most commonly infect cats. Cats can occasionally develop heartworms, as well. If your cat seems unable to gain weight, is infested with fleas or has white specks that look like grains of rice in their stool. Take your toyger cat to the veterinarian for worm testing.
Worms are easily cured with a few doses of medication, but if left untreated, they can be fatal.
Urinary tract problems are another common problem in cats. This problem is particularly common in unneutered males. Yes, female cats can also develop this problem.
A strong urine smell and a change of habit of not using the litter box may indicate a urinary tract issue. A visit to a veterinarian is a good idea. Also, ask about cat foods change of diet that may reduce the likelihood of another infection.
FIV, or toyger cat AIDS, is not always fatal. FIV decreases the ability of the toyger cat's immune system to fight infections. Cats with FIV may remain free of symptoms for years. It is when the cat contracts other illnesses in the chronic stage of FIV infection that FIV is first suspected.
Although there is, as yet, no vaccine, all toyger cats should be tested for the virus. The virus is transmitted through saliva, usually when a cat is bitten in a cat fight>
FLV was, until recently, the most common fatal disease of toyger cats. But with a vaccine now available, the number of cases is dwindling.
Although, the name leukemia means cancer of the white blood cells. It is only one of the many diseases associated with this virus. There are other types of cancer plus anemia, arthritis and respiratory problems.
FLV is preventable if the toyger cat is immunized before being exposed to the virus. The disease is not always immediately fatal, cats with FLV rarely have a long life expectancy.
NEVER bring other cats into your household when you have a toyger cat with FLV
If you find a tick on your toyger's body and it has been lethargic and acting as if in pain, ask your vet to test for Lyme Disease.
This disease is transmitted to people and animals. Some toyger cats may show subtle symptoms while others may show none. Symptoms are hard to recognize and often may be confused with other illnesses or old age.
Be observant of your toyger cat's behavior.
Some symptoms of Feline Lyme Disease include: (a) lethargy, (b) reluctance to jump or climb stairs, (c) limping, or reluctance to put weight on a paw, (d) loss of appetite.
The key to dealing with Feline Lyme Disease is prevention and early diagnosis and treatment.
You can reduce the tick population around your home with simple landscape changes and spraying.
This long list of toyger cat problems includes:
Take your toyger cat for a regular check-up with the vet. And keep all vaccinations on schedule will help assure your toyger cat a long problem free life.
Prevention is the first line of defense for most toyger cat problems. Many owners keep their toyger cats indoors. This is to protect them from cars, cat fights, ticks, theft and other hazards.
Outdoor toyger cats will enjoy greater freedom. They will also require a watchful eye, attention to any problems, and regular visits to the veterinarian.