From Parasites to Infections, Here Are Kitten Health Problems to Watch Out For

Herpes infection can also cause respiratory signs, such as nasal congestion and discharge, leading to appetite loss and dehydration in some young kittens. Your veterinarian can prescribe medications and supportive care.

Ringworm (dermatophytosis) is a skin infection caused by a fungus, not a worm. It sometimes creates a round, red hairless area with a ring of scale around the edges, but it can have a lot of different appearances. The infection can spread from kitten to kitten through direct contact, or from sharing blankets and other items. Your veterinarian can diagnose the condition and prescribe medication.

Contagious diseases such as calicivirus and panleukopenia are a threat to kittens who have not received proper vaccinations. Accidents are also a major threat to kittens. But most kittens who are vaccinated properly, de-wormed, fed a balanced diet and kept indoors have relatively few health problems growing up.

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