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The Factors Causing Kitten Health Problems

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As a pet parent, one of the most important things you can do for your kitten is to make sure that they’re healthy. Kittens have very fragile immune systems and you need to do everything possible to help them stay healthy. There are many factors that can affect kitten health and these include improper diet, vaccinations, parasites and infections as well as inappropriate litter box usage or housebreaking issues. In this article we’ll explore all these causes of illness in cats so that you can better understand how to prevent them from happening in your own cat. 

Improper Diet 

The right diet for kittens is important, as it can help prevent many health problems. Kittens require different nutrients than adult cats do and they need to eat frequently because they are growing so quickly. 

If you suspect that your kitten may have an improper diet or if it seems like their appetite has decreased, there are several things you can do: 

  • Increase the amount of protein in their food by adding canned tuna or chicken broth to their dry kibble (just don’t give them too much salt). If you’re worried about weight gain due to too much fat in these additions, try adding a small amount of cottage cheese instead. You should also make sure that the food contains probiotics and vitamins A & D since these two nutrients are crucial to proper growth in kittens but aren’t always included in commercial cat foods you can find them at most pet stores or online retailers like Amazon! 

Vaccinations and Immune System Disorders 

You should make sure that your kitten receives all of the vaccinations that are recommended for its age. Vaccinations are an important part of kitten health, but they can also cause immune system disorders and allergies. For example, a vet might recommend vaccinating against feline leukemia virus (FeLV), which causes cancerous tumors in cats and can be transmitted through saliva or urine contact with other cats. However, this vaccine can also cause health problems such as kidney failure if given too early in life; therefore it’s important to consult with your veterinarian before administering any vaccinations so that they know exactly what kind of vaccine is right for your kitten’s needs 

Parasites and Infections 

Parasites and infections are a common cause of kitten health problems. These include roundworms, tapeworms, coccidia and giardia. 

Parasites can be picked up from the environment or through fleas and ticks. They can cause diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms. The most common parasites in kittens are: 

  • Roundworm (Toxacara) – the larvae of this parasite live in the intestines; it is passed on by mothers who have been infected during pregnancy or born with it themselves; signs include weight loss due to intestinal blockage (which may require surgery), vomiting blood due to blockage/injury from worms moving around inside their body 

Inappropriate Litter Box Usage

It is extremely important that you train your kitten to use the litter box. If they are not using it, then they could end up peeing or pooping in other places around the house. This can lead to health problems and even infections if left untreated. 

If your kitten is not using its litter box regularly, there are a few things that you can do: 

  • Make sure that they have access to their own room where they can go in private. You don’t want them feeling embarrassed when guests come over because there’s some sort of mess on display! 
  • Provide plenty of fresh water at all times so that neither one of them gets dehydrated from being unable to take care of themselves properly due to poor hygiene habits caused by lack of proper hygiene facilities (like having access only through public restrooms). 

Immune system is very fragile

Kittens are very susceptible to many diseases and infections, so it’s important to take care of them properly. 

Kittens should be vaccinated as soon as possible after they are born. The first vaccination is usually given at 8-9 weeks of age, followed by a booster shot three to four weeks later. After that, there may be an additional booster every year or every other year depending on the vaccination protocol used by your veterinarian and local laws governing cat vaccinations. 

De-worming your kitten regularly will prevent roundworms (Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme), tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum) and whipworms (Trichuris muris). Your vet will prescribe medication that you can give orally every month until he reaches six months old; after this time you can switch him over to topical treatments such as Advantage Multi which protects against fleas as well as internal parasites like heartworms though if you live where heartworm is prevalent it’s best not only for kittens but also adults cats too! 


We hope this article has helped you understand the most common kitten health problems, and how you can prevent them. We know it’s not easy to keep up with a kitten’s needs, but it’s worth it! Kittens are so cute and fun to have around that we think all pet owners should have at least one in their lives.