Kittens are not that cute. They are also particularly fragile beings that need to be very careful. The time of their life when they are most susceptible to disease is the first three months after birth. Here’s how to learn how to recognize the symptoms of a disease in order to react quickly and prevent a fatal outcome.
The symptoms to know
The first thing to notice about your kitten is its coat. Indeed, if it is soft and shiny, it is a sign of good health. On the other hand, if it looks rough and greasy, it’s not normal. Similarly, a strong body odor is not a good sign in the kitten. Then focus on his eyes and nose. These must not have abundant flows. His ears must be clean, just like his anal and genital area. In addition, your gums must be healthy and do not present any lesions. Finally, if the kitten has chronic diarrhea, seems depressed, loses weight or has difficulty breathing, take it to the veterinarian immediately.
The most common diseases
Kittens can have different diseases: Congenital diseases: present from birth, these diseases are rather rare. The most common are the cleft palate, which prevents the kitten from properly closing his mouth and thus feeding, abnormal growth or an inability to open the eyelids. Viruses and bacteria: some viruses such as typhus or coryza can be transmitted by the mother from birth. Other dangerous or even deadly viruses, such as herpes virus, coronavirus, leucosis or cat aids can affect kittens. Skin infections: lack of hygiene can lead to infections of the skin that can have serious consequences. External and internal parasites: fleas, ticks or digestive worms can carry diseases that the kitten can hardly fight. It is therefore essential to treat the mother against these parasites.
How to protect your kitten?
During the first two months of life, kittens can not be vaccinated. It is therefore essential to protect them from diseases during this period when they are particularly vulnerable.
To assure her kitten an iron health, three conditions must be met. First of all, the mother must be in good health in order not to transmit diseases to her children. In addition, they need to suck breast milk from birth, which will guarantee antibodies and promote the development of their immune system. They will then require a quality diet in order to grow well. Finally, their place of life must have impeccable hygiene. When the kitten reaches the age of two months, it is strongly recommended to have it immediately vaccinated against the cat’s coryza and typhus, the most dangerous diseases that watch our little balls of hair.