Signs of Sickness in Cats

Cats are full of interesting quirks and characteristics. In fact, our feline pals can be quite mysterious! Kitties can be particularly secretive when it comes to being sick. Since predators often target animals that show signs of weakness, it makes sense for kitties in the wild to try and mask any signs of illness. However, for pets, this instinct can do more harm than good, as it can make it hard for people to tell if their furry friends aren’t feeling well. Read on as a Bowmanville, ON vet lists some common symptoms of illness in cats.

Hiding

Cats often want to be off by themselves when they don’t feel well. If your feline buddy isolates herself for longer than a good nap can account for, she could be sick.

Poor Grooming

Healthy cats are very good about keeping themselves clean. In fact, Fluffy may spend several hours a day carefully grooming herself. However, if your furball doesn’t feel well, she may skip her usual beauty routine, which will soon cause her coat to look greasy, dull, or matted.

Unusual Behavior

We know, if you were to bring Fluffy in every time she did something strange, we’d probably be seeing her every day. What you want to watch for is behavior that is unusual for your furry pal. For instance, a cuddly cat that suddenly doesn’t want to be touched could be sick, as could a grumpy, aloof kitty that starts demanding attention. Changes in appetite and/or vocalizations can also be warning signs.

Vomiting/Diarrhea

While the occasional hairball is, unfortunately, more or less par for the course with kitties, frequent or excessive vomiting is another story. Diarrhea is also a red flag in our furry buddies.

Litterbox Woes

Litterbox aversion can also be a sign of illness in cats. If you notice your furball straining to go, call your vet immediately: this can be indicative of a very serious problem!

Respiratory Issues

Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing can all be signs of serious health problems in cats.

Discharge

If your feline friend’s eyes look red, watery, or swollen, or if you can easily see Fluffy’s third eyelid, contact your vet right away. A runny nose is also a red flag.

If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, please contact us right away. As your Bowmanville, ON pet clinic, we are always here to help!