The United States has one of the world’s highest rates of cat deaths, with some estimates suggesting as many as 2 million cats die annually due to exposure to cat litter.
According to the ASPCA, about 30% of the population suffers from at least one health condition linked to cat exposure.
That includes chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cardiovascular diseases like heart disease.
But cats can also have health problems that aren’t always obvious, like heartworm, heart disease, or cataracts.
Here are the top 10 health conditions that can affect cats.1.
Chronic bronchitis and emphysemaSymptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.2.
ColdsSymptoms include headache, difficulty breathing, cough, and shortness, sometimes to just a few minutes.3.
AsthmaSymptoms may include difficulty breathing and difficulty breathing with difficulty swallowing.4.
Respiratory diseasesSymptoms of acute respiratory disease include coughing, short breaths, short gasping for air, and difficulty exhaling.5.
Chronic kidney diseaseSymptoms including difficulty urinating, difficulty passing urine, difficulty urination with difficulty passing stool, and irregular periods of urination.6.
CataractsSymptoms due to cataract surgery can include blurred vision, loss of vision, and loss of balance.7.
Heart diseaseSymptom may include: heart palpitations, short pulse, heart rate slow, chest pain, shortening of breath.8.
Chronic renal diseaseSympsies due to kidney transplant can include: shortness to breath, irregular or uneven pulse, difficulty swallowing, and inability to urinate.9.
ObesitySymptoms that can occur due to obesity include obesity-related symptoms, such as increased waistline, weight gain, and increased weight gain.10.
Heart attackSymptoms, such like shortness or lack of pulse, may include feeling faint or dizzy, or shortness in your chest.11.
CancerSymptoms from cancer may include rapid growth, pain, or swelling in your legs, arms, hands, or feet.12.
Sleep apneaSymptoms associated with sleep apnea may include trouble falling asleep, difficulty falling asleep with difficulty falling back asleep, and sleepiness at night.13.
DiabetesSymptoms such as pain, fatigue, difficulty staying awake, and lightheadedness may include loss of appetite, loss or increased appetite, and insomnia.14.
Obesity and diabetesSymptoms and signs associated with obesity and diabetes may include increased waist circumference, increased weight, weight loss, and weight gain of more than 30% in less than two months.15.
Chronic obstructive respiratory diseaseSym symptoms such as cough, difficulty exhaled air, difficulty inhaling air, or difficulty breathing may include cough, coughing and wheeze.16.
Diabetes and obesitySymptoms are more severe and often include heart palping, difficulty going to the bathroom, difficulty eating, and/or difficulty exercising.17.
Obesity-related sleep apneasSymptoms caused by obesity-associated sleep apnoeas may include decreased alertness, difficulty sleeping, difficulty getting up, or irregular sleep.18.
Chronic fatigue and chronic painSymptoms related to chronic fatigue syndrome can include trouble sleeping, trouble standing, difficulty walking, difficulty standing up, and trouble standing on one’s feet.19.
Sleep and painSymptoms may include pain or discomfort in the muscles of the neck, shoulders, arms or legs.20.
Sleep disordersSymptoms like insomnia, fatigue and restlessness are common in people with sleep disorders, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.21.
Diabetes, heart attack, COPDSymptoms among people with diabetes can include difficulty falling or staying asleep, pain in the lower abdomen, and back pain.22.
Chronic painSymblems related to cancer include muscle pain, pain with a muscle that connects to your heart, or pain in your lower abdomen.23.
Sleep disturbanceSymptoms or signs related to sleep disturbance may include waking up from sleep with difficulty staying asleep and difficulty falling, sleeping more or more than usual, or feeling tired or sluggish.24.
Heart attacks and strokeSymptoms with a heart attack or stroke include weakness or difficulty walking.25.
Sleep disturbancesSymptoms resulting from sleep disturbance can include shortness-of- breath, short or irregular breathing, difficulty keeping your eyes open, or being awake for longer than usual.26.
Sleep disruption and depressionSymptoms often related to depression and sleep disturbance include insomnia, depression, feeling restless, feeling tired, feeling depressed, or becoming irritable.27.
Chronic urinary tract infectionsSymptoms linked to UTIs, such a pain in one or both of your urethras, or inflammation of the urinary tract, may cause infection.28.
HeartburnSymptoms have included a burning sensation, itching, pain or