Six Signs That Your Cat Is Sick

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If you are the proud owner of a feline friend, or are planning to be, then it is a great thing to be. You get an extra part of the family and a friend for life. Cats can be pretty laid-back as far as a pet goes, and they certainly aren’t as high maintenance as a dog that requires a couple of walks a day. Letting them do their own thing, but making time for grooming, play, and bonding time is important. But the only problem with having a pet that is pretty laid-back, is that you might not spot when they are actually unwell. Some sicknesses can make them just want to stay indoors and sleep. And if this is something that your cat normally does a lot, it can be tricky to know if they are ill or not.

If sickness isn’t detected, then it can be pretty detrimental to your pet cat. So knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for, to detect some common illnesses with cats can be a really good idea. Then you can intervene to sort out the illness before it is too late. Whether you’re a new cat owner or not, knowing what to be looking for is really helpful. So here are some signs that your cat could be sick, and what you could do about it.

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Attitude Change

If your cat is pretty new to you, then it can take some time to get to know their personality and how they react to different things. But over time, you can come to know how they act in certain situations. But if this starts to change, then it could be your cat’s way of letting you know that they are in pain. It could mean that they hunch over or hide, when this is something that they wouldn’t normally do.

If they seem uninterested in grooming themselves which could be pretty unusual for them, then it could also be another indicator that they’re uncomfortable and in pain, but they don’t know how to deal with it, other than to withdraw. Getting something like fleas can be so uncomfortable for a cat, and other than itching, they can just give up as they feel so uncomfortable. Luckily, there are ‘over the counter’ options for things like that, such as treatments from Pet-Lock, so it can be dealt with quickly. But the sooner you can notice a change in your cat’s attitude, the sooner it can be dealt with.

Change of Appetite

Cats eat a couple of times and day, so if this changes, and changes quite dramatically, or they are suddenly eating very little, then it can be sign that something is wrong. Changes in what they are eating could indicate that they feel too nauseous to eat, or that they are in too much pain to eat any more. You should look out for how much your cat eats regularly, so that you can monitor weight loss. This could be an indication of something more sinister. If it happens for a couple of days in a row, and they aren’t having much water either, then seeking advice from a vet is recommended as soon as you can.

Bad Breath

Cats are never ones to have a minty fresh breath. There is a pretty normal ‘cat breath’ that you will come to know and understand. But if there is a change in the smell of their breath, especially to a very foul smell or a fishy smell, then that is a sign that there is something quite wrong with your cat. Seek advice as soon as possible, and try to recall all that you have seen them eat recently.

Need For Attention

As has been said, cats can be pretty chilled out and will generally get on with things. While they enjoy being stroked and groomed, most of the day they will get on and keep themselves to themselves. But if your cat starts acting out, and looking like they are just looking for attention, then it could be a sign that something is wrong. They can be in pain and don’t know how else to let you know. Even if they are starting to hide more and more, that can still be a cry for attention.

Change in Sleeping Habits

Just like us when we are sick, we may find it hard to sleep as well as we normally do, meaning we’re up at different hours or perhaps even stay up the whole night. And this is no different for your cat. If they are sleeping differently, or not sleeping at all, staying up making noise all night, then it can be a cry for attention, to tell you they’re in pain. Likewise, it works the other way around too. If they are sleeping way more than normal, then it could be because they are not feeling their best. Like us, sleep can help our bodies to heal, so it can be a good thing for your cat. Just monitor them closely.

Toilet Changes

As gross as it might be to talk about, someone’s bathroom habits can be a good indicator of how well they are feeling. If there is way more in the litter box than normal, or even way less in the litter box, then it could be a sign of a medical problem. So keep an eye on things and seek advice, especially if it leads to diarrhoea. When that happens, it can lead to dehydration and lack of essential vitamins and minerals. So a vet would be the best person to advise on what would be needed.

So be present, and keep on top of everything to do with your cat. Then you’ll be better able to help them when needed and help to diagnose things better. Make sure that you take the time to get to know your cat, so that you can more easily spot when there is anything wrong with them. Early intervention can mean that they’re going to be your pet for longer.

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