If you are currently a cat owner, you will know immediately when your cat is sick. But most cat owners are too busy to notice the changes in their cat’s behavior. It causes them to postpone overdue vet appointments. Ideally, you and your cat should visit the vet every month. But most people are not serious about regular checkups. This causes us to bear the pain of seeing our cat sick. It is more painful to realize that our cute bundle of joy cannot even express their pain.
Signs that your cat is sick
Pets Uniq has compiled common symptoms of a sick cat. If you are vigilant, it will be easy for you to spot them. You can do this by educating yourself. Following are the common signs that your cat is sick:
Litter box issues
Litter box issues can be an indicator of so many problems in your cat. The problems can range from physical issues to mental health issues. Cats are generally very clean; therefore, they are very responsible when it comes to the usage of their litter box. Some of the serious issues that can cause litter box issues are:
- Urinary tract infections
- Bladder stones
- Kidney disease
Some other diseases can be diarrhea and constipation. These are fairly easy to spot, as your cat will show strong signs. Cats usually recover from diarrhea within a few days. However, it could be due to severe reasons, such as dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, food poisoning, or a change in diet. Diarrhea leads to dehydration, which reduces the immunity of your cat. Therefore, immediately contact your vet if you notice excessive diarrhea.
Constipation is similar to diarrhea, as it also indicates serious problems. Constipation is caused by an internal blockage in any part of your cat’s body, resulting in weight loss and breathing issues. Therefore, it should be treated as soon as possible.
Kidney stones or urinary tract blockages can be indicated through excessive urine or no urinating at all. If your cat shows signs of pain while urinating, it is an emergency, and she needs professional help immediately. Other than that, blood in the stool or urine of your cat is also an alarming sign and should not go unnoticed.
Cats don’t vomit regularly. We never see a cat vomit without any reason. Therefore, if your cat is vomiting, there is a serious underlying cause. If your cat keeps vomiting continuously or frequently, talk to your vet. Take her to the clinic as soon as you notice. If it is a digestive issue, it can be treated by fasting her. Otherwise, she will need medication and tests to figure out the root cause.
Coughing could be due to seasonal flu, but it could also be a symptom of the following diseases:
- Lung diseases
- Heart diseases
Other infections could also be indicated by coughing. Hence, check with your vet if your cat doesn’t stop coughing.
Many diseases are indicated or diagnosed due to skin irritation and hair loss in animals. It could be an allergic reaction to any product, or it could be skin cancer. Skin problems leave your cat in immense pain; therefore, treat it at your earliest.
Behavioral changes are a sure sign that your cat has some serious underlying disease. A sudden change in behavior shows that your cat is in pain or feeling sick. Cats do not know how to express it in any other way. Naturally, they try to hide it as it portrays them as weak. It can be dangerous in the wild as they can easily die if another animal detects that they are diseased and weak. Therefore, if you notice the following behavioral changes, talk to your vet:
- Afraid of everyone
Shortness of breath, rapid breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, or difficulty in breathing are serious signs of dangerous diseases. Shortness of breath could be due to COVID-19. COVID-19 affects cats as well. Breathing issues, along with bad breath, indicate severe kidney and lung issues. Bad breath is a sign of dental issues that can lead to heart and lung diseases. Therefore, if your cat is unable to breathe correctly or her breath smells bad, take her to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Lack of appetite or increased appetite predicts a serious issue in your cat. Sometimes cats end up overeating to comfort themselves. Depressed cats or cats with anxiety may also eat a lot. Therefore, if your cat shows these signs, do not ignore them. Treat it as soon as you can. Overeating can lead to obesity in cats, and obesity can lead to heart diseases. Therefore, shows abnormal behavior should not be taken lightly.
If your cat has a lack of appetite or increased appetite, she is likely to have a fluctuating weight. If you notice a sudden weight gain or loss, you need to reevaluate everything about your cat. A sudden weight loss indicates serious underlying diseases, such as cancer. A sudden weight gain could be due to cholesterol issues, heart diseases, or diabetes. Therefore, always check with your vet if you notice sudden changes in your cat’s weight.
Is your cat sleeping a lot lately? Cats have no means to express their suffering; therefore, such changes indicate problems. If your cat seems to lose interest in everything, pays no attention to grooming, and rarely plays, there must be something wrong. Book an appointment with your vet immediately if you notice such signs. Some people ignore these signs because cats are famous for sleeping all the time. If you notice that she is sleeping more than usual, start a log on her sleeping patterns. Note down how many hours she sleeps every day. If an adult cat sleeps more than 18 hours, something serious is up. Thus, be careful.
All of the above signs indicate that you should never ignore minor signs of disease or minor changes in your cat’s habits. Health issues in your cat can often go unnoticed. But if you are a good observer and have a strong bond with your kitty, she will be like an open book to you. Thus, educate yourself and strengthen your bond with your cat by taking good care of her.
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