Septicemia in cats: what is it and how is it treated?

Sad cat lying on the bed

When we buy a cat we have to do everything possible so that it has everything it needs. In addition to water, food, toys and a safe place where he receives affection, it is also very important that we take him to the vet whenever we suspect that his health is weakening or that he has suffered an accident.

If we let time pass and do nothing, then your condition could get very bad to the point of septicemia, which is, in many cases, fatal.

What is septicemia?

Sad cat

Septicemia it is a form of blood poisoning, produced by bacteria that cause life-threatening infections. The immune system reacts by releasing antibodies to fight them, but this can lead to organ failure, and if this occurs, the blood pressure would drop and the life of the animal would be in serious danger.

What are the causes?

Septicemia is a disease caused by infections throughout the body, whether in the lungs, abdomen, urinary tract, or other tissues. If left untreated, it spreads quickly.

In the case of cats, the most common causes are:

  • Infections in the mouth or teeth that are not treated.
  • Internal injuries.
  • Weakened immune system, for example, caused by other diseases such as feline leukemia or feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

Symptoms of septicemia

We can suspect that our cat (or, indeed, any loved one) has septicemia if we see that it has:

  • Fast breathing
  • Decreased body temperature (the normal temperature of a cat is 38-39ºC)
  • Confusion
  • Pain when evacuating
  • Difficulty breathing normally, may become panting
  • Chills
  • Decreased urine production

Diagnosis and treatment

If our cat is not well, it must be taken to the vet urgently. Once there, they will do a blood test to measure red and white blood cells, as well as the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. If sepsis is suspected, you will also have a urine analysis looking for bacteria. Confirmed the diagnosis, admit you to give you fluids and medications intravenously.

It is normal for us to feel bad about leaving our friend at the veterinary clinic or hospital, but it is the best we can do. We must think that you will most likely need oxygen or even receive blood transfusions if yours cannot clot properly.

How to prevent?

Septicemia in Cats it can be prevented in different ways:

  • Giving him all the vaccinations he needs.
  • Make sure you get the veterinary care you need when you need it, for example when you are sick.
  • Do not mix it with other cats that are or may be sick.

And finally, we will also help a lot to prevent it if we take it to castrate, especially if we give him permission to go outside. A neutered cat will not have the need to go looking for a mate, so it will not get into trouble.

Sad orange cat

Cats are not super-resistant animals. They are flesh and blood, just like you and me. They also get sick from time to time. Let's help them recover before they have septicemia.

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