No matter how close you are to your cat, it is possible for you to miss signs that they are not their usual self. Many cats cover their illnesses by hiding from their owners, making it difficult for you to tell if something’s wrong. How can you tell if your feline companion is sick or in pain? Here are some of the most common symptoms.
Changes in Behavior
Abrupt changes in attitude or behavior could indicate your cat has a health problem. Your sociable, active cat may suddenly become listless and withdrawn, or your senior cat may start sprinting through the house. Some cats act fearful or show signs of aggression and hostility when they’re sick; others simply lie still for prolonged periods of time. If your cat’s unusual behavior doesn’t let up after a few days, have them checked by your vet.
Changes in Grooming
Poor grooming is another symptom that your kitty may not be well. Most cats are meticulous in their grooming habits. If your cat starts looking unkempt or shows signs of itchy skin or hair loss, they could be suffering from an illness.
Changes in Appetite
Most cats lose their appetite when they’re sick; some, however, eat more ravenously than ever. If your cat’s eating well but losing weight, they could be in the early stages of diabetes or have hyperthyroidism.
You should also monitor your cat’s drinking habits. Excessive drinking or drinking too little could be signs of sickness. If your cat’s drinking a lot of water but has trouble urinating, they could have a urinary infection or blockage.
Vomiting shortly after eating could also be a sign of illness, especially if your cat repeatedly vomits during the day. If your cat’s listless after vomiting, have them checked right away.
Changes in Gum Color
A cat’s gums are normally a deep pink color. Pale gums could indicate your cat’s suffering from anemia or poor circulation. Blue gums could be due to lack of oxygen while red gums could mean your cat is overheated or is suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Yellow gums could be a sign of jaundice.
Cats cough for many reasons. They may be trying to dislodge a hairball or be suffering from allergy or asthma. A persistent cough could be a sign of a tumor, lung disease or heart ailment. If your cat has difficulty breathing due to coughing or their gums turn blue, see your vet right away.
Over the Counter Medications
An adverse reaction to an OTC medication could cause your cat to feel sick. Some cats are more sensitive to OTC meds than others. When purchasing flea and tick medicines or other OTC medications, be aware of reactions they may cause.
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