Swollen Lymph Nodes in Cats: Causes, Home Remedies and Treatment

September 9, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Swollen Lymph Nodes in Cats

  • Lymph nodes swell because some infectious material has invaded and the lymph start supplying an abundance of white blood cells to combat it. The infectious agent can be bacterial, viral, non infectious or infectious.
  • Bacterial causes would be from ticks, fleas, flies, sex transmission while breeding, something that was transmitted through the respiratory system or even an infected water supply.
  • Viral causes come from feline immune deficient virus or FIV or from feline leukemia virus or FeLV.
  • Infectious transmissions effect cats most frequently. Fungal infections cause problems with multiple organs. The skin, lungs, brain and bones. Read feline leukemia treatment
  • Non Infectious comes about from allergens, an immune system that reacts over the top, and a magnitude of white blood cells gathering.
    This may have a lot to do with leukemia and bone marrow infections, or asthma and allergies.
  • You can also read causes of coronavirus in cats

Treatment for Swollen Lymph Nodes in Cats

  • Lymph nodes are everywhere, in the axilla area, behind the legs, and in the groin. Depending on where the swollen glands are in the cat, alterations in normal living may occur.
  • The swollen lymph nodes in cats can cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, general feelings of malaise and weakness and possibly feelings to throw up.
  • Vet testing will determine exactly what organs are causing the enlarged nodes. Blood tests will be done as well as analysis of of feces and urine.
  • Results will be crucial as to what treatments will be necessary. It all depends on what organisms are involved.
  • Some infections CAN be transferred to humans and that information is critical to all involved.
  • Keep nutrition up as much as possible for the swollen lymph nodes in cats. The immune system needs a boost now more than ever.
  • There are some home remedies for swollen lymph nodes that are Echinacea and the Omega oils. They can help give the immune system the boost it needs. Vitamin C is also helpful as an antibacterial and vitamin supplement.
  • Read treatment and cures for autoimmune disease in cats
  • Keep encouraging fluids to prevent dehydration.
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Causes of Sudden Weight Loss Symptoms in Cats

  • One cause of weight loss in cats can be stress ( More info on natural remedies for stress in cats ) .
  • Other medical processes that may cause your cat to drop weight are
    • Inflammatory bowel issues
    • Diabetes
    • Leukemia virus
    • Liver or kidney diseases
    • Cancers.

How to Manage Weight Loss in Cats

  • Weight loss in cats needs to be monitored closely to determine what the true cause is.
  • Stress alone can cause a loss of appetite in a cat. Some ways cats might feel stressed is if you move, add a new pet to the home, do not pay attention or nurture the cat, and feelings of abandonment. Once clarified, this can be an easy fix with a loving pet owner.
  • With leukemia virus, your cats immune system needs boosted,  infections need prevented or treated and feverish conditions require lowering the temperature and providing comfort.
  • Preventing infections can be achieved naturally with  Echinacea which is an herb that functions as an antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral.
  • Dandelion has vitamins A, C, and E plus B vitamins, potassium and zinc, all which help keep your immune system functioning at its prime.
  • Fevers associated with the virus can include using cool compresses on the stomach area and making sure plenty of fluids are taken in.
  • If the bowels become inflamed, diet changes are in order to rest and decrease the inflammation and pain in the intestines. Omega fish oils added to the diet will help inflammatory processes in the body. Salmon and tuna are good sources.
  • Green tea, along with being an excellent antioxidant is also a powerful workhorse that fights inflammation. Add some decaf to your cats meals or in his drinking water. Ginger works well too.
  • Kidney disease also requires special dietary needs to keep things in check. Generally the cat is on a wet diet that has phosphorous binders included in it.
  • Also read more about feline diabetes and how to mange it.

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