Cats are renowned for their independence, particularly when it comes to taking care of themselves.

However, they can still develop health problems or fall victim to a variety of illnesses or diseases, and so will always require plenty of support from their pet parents to stay fit and well.

The majority of common cat health problems can be easily treated or managed with the right care, and some can even be prevented entirely. But it’s important to stay informed about the common illnesses and conditions which can affect your cat and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms to look out for, so you know when it’s time to seek advice from your veterinarian.

Here you can learn more about common feline health problems, including symptoms and causes, as well as treatment and prevention advice.

Cat Diarrhea

Diarrhea in cats can be recognized by a series of frequent loose, watery stools, which may or may not have made it to the litter box! Generally, diarrhea can be treated at home but learn more about when you should consult your veterinarian.

Skin problems in cats

It’s often harder to recognise skin problems in cats than in dogs, because cats don’t tend to scratch the irritation. Instead they prefer to excessively lick the area, which might seem to be just part of their normal grooming routine.

Cat laying on grass

Cat diabetes is a condition in which cats cannot properly produce or respond to the hormone insulin. Symptoms of diabetes in cats include weight loss and increased thirst and urination.


Just like human flu, cat flu is very common and easily spread. If your cat shows symptoms such as discharge from the nose, sneezing, and mouth ulcers, they could have flu.

Ear infections in cats

Ear infections can affect your cat’s middle ear or outer ear canal, and can vary in severity. However, once the cause of the ear infection has been identified, they will normally clear up easily with the right course of treatment.