10 signs your cat is sick
Sometimes it is hard to tell if your cat is sick or just being lazy. Other than the dangerous signs that could not be mistaken, some subtle changes in your cat’s routine may be an indication for health problems, yet you might notice until the condition has worsen. That’s why, you need to monitor your cat closely, see if something is off, don’t ignore changes in your cat’s normal routine. And when in doubt, contact your vet for clarification.
Below is a list from thesprucepets.com of some signs that may indicate your cat is sick:
1- Vomiting :Many people think that it is normal for cats to vomit every couple of days, but it’s not. Rare vomiting or hair ball vomiting is not a concern. But If vomiting is often, you must check with your vet.
2- Diarrhea: Diarrhea might indicate numerous problems, like intestinal parasites, bacterial or viral infections and other problems.if not treated,diarrhea could lead to dehydration and further intestinal inflammation.If diarrhea persists for more than a day , call your vet.
3- Change in urination: Changes in urination are very important to address,as they usually mean there is a urinary tract or kidney problem. If there is a change in the frequency or quantity of urine, inappropriate urination, or blood in the urine, consult your vet. If your cat is straining to urinate and nothing is coming out, this might be an emergency, particularly in male cats. Bring your cat to your vet immediately.
4- Loss of appetite: Loss of appetite can be normal for cats but it still should not be ignored. If your cat skips the occasional meal but otherwise eats normally, then you should watch closely for trends. If your cat stops eating entirely or is only eating tiny amounts, you need to get your veterinarian involved. Lack of eating for even a few days can lead to a serious problem called fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis.
5- Weight changes: Weight changes in cats are always concerning, whether it's gain or loss. Either might be a sign of an underlying health problem. Weight loss is more urgent in the short term whereas weight gain is usually more harmful over time. If you are not sure about your cat's weight, make a vet appointment for a check-up or at least a weight check.
6- Change in breathing: Changes in breathing like wheezing, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, and raspy breathing should never be ignored. If your cat is not breathing normally, it may be best to go to an emergency clinic. If the signs are very mild, see your vet as soon as possible.
7- Lethargy: Lethargy is a sign of a problem, even if it's subtle. Contact your vet if your cat seems to be lying around a lot, sleeping more than usual, or just generally has a low energy level. There is probably something going on with your cat's health.
8- Thirst : Increased thirst can mean many things in cats. Most often it means there is a problem with the kidneys or urinary tract. Many owners never even see their cats drink water. So, if you start noticing your cat near the water dish more than before, it means something might be wrong. Call your doctor for appointment.
9 -Eye or nose discharge: Discharges form your cat’s eye or nose indicates a possible upper respiratory infection. This can make your cat feel ill and stop eating. It may be contagious to other cats in your home. Your vet may recommend medications to help your cat recover faster.
10-Increased vocalization: increased vocalization may mean your cat is sick, in pain, stressed, or just bored. It's important to rule out a health issue first before you explore the behavioral side of this issue.
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