Remember to schedule regular vet visits for your kitty!You could feed your feline the finest pet food, keep them up to date on their shots, and give them heartgard for cats, but all of your good pet parenting can't prevent colds, fleas, and other feline health problems. Some people can under estimate how difficult it can be to care for a sick cat.  Cats can't tell their owners what's wrong when they start to act strangely, so many cat owners play a long guessing game of possible ailments before they take their pet to the vet.  If you suspect that there's something wrong with your pet you shouldn't hesitate to take them to the vet, but this blog post may give you an idea of what could be wrong with your kitty
Symptoms: Avoidance of the litter box, mewing/meowing when urinating, lack of energy
Possible cause: Feline lower urinary tract infection (FLUTD)
When some cats start peeing outside of their litter box and make noise when they use the bathroom, some owners are quick to assume that their cat just wants some attention.  If your cat is displaying any of these behaviors they could have FLUTD.  When cats develop FLUTD, crystals and/or stones form within their urinary tract and cause discomfort, pain, and occasional blockages.  FLUTD can occur in cats of any age, but foods that are high in magnesium, phosphorus, protein, and calcium have been linked to the disease.  If you suspect that your cat has FLUTD take them to vet immediately, this can be a serious and life threatening disease.
Symptoms: Excessive licking, hair loss/hot spots, red skin, excessive scratching
Possible cause: Allergies
When most cat owners see these symptoms they suspect that their cat has a flea infestation, but parasites may not be the cause of your feline's discomfort.  Cats can have allergic reactions just like humans can, and if you've ruled out fleas as the cause of your cat's problem get in contact with your vet so you can talk to them about the next best step to take.  Your vet may recommend that you switch your cat food to a brand that contains more antioxidants, fatty acids, and proteins.  They could also recommend a new grooming regiment, or prescribe medication.
Symptoms: Change in behavior, lack of energy, excessive thirst, frequent urination
Possible cause: Feline diabetes
Diabetes rates in cats and dogs have been rising with the diabetes rates of their human owners.  Feline diabetes can be just as serious as human diabetes, but both forms can be easily managed with the right help.  If your cat does have diabetes, your vet could prescribe a management regiment that includes insulin injections, regular exercise, and dietary restrictions. Due to the rise in feline diabetes, Vet Supply Source has added pet glucometers, strips and other products to help owners properly care for their cats; please follow the link to purchase