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How to Tell if Your Cat Is Sick: Signs & Symptoms

Cats often conceal signs of illness. However, it's important to know if they may not be feeling well as early as possible so their symptoms can be treated. Today, our Stockton vets share some insights into how to tell if your cat may be feeling uncomfortable. 

Signs Your Cat is Sick

Like many other animals, cats are exceptionally good at hiding their discomfort when they're feeling unwell. Consequently, you might not notice symptoms of illness in your cat until your kitty's condition significantly deteriorates. This is why it's important to get your feline friend veterinary attention right away if you see any of these signs or symptoms of illness. 

  • Sudden change in mood 
  • No inclination to play or appear lethargic
  • Constricted or dilated pupils
  • Much less or much more vocal than usual 
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Sudden changes in appetite, drinking, or eating habits 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 
  • Neglecting grooming or over-grooming
  • Hiding 
  • Improper use of litter box 
  • Hair loss or skin irritation
  • Bad breath
  • Discharge from eyes or nose 
  • Wounds or swelling 
  • Limping or injuries 

Knowing When Your Cat is Sick

You have a deep understanding of your cat. Observe your pet for subtle alterations in behavior that might elude others. Keep an eye on any deviations from your cat's typical conduct or body language. If anything appears unusual, arrange an examination for your cat, regardless of the absence of the mentioned symptoms.

Common Causes of Illness in Cats 

Now that you know some signs that your cat may be sick, here are a few common illnesses that can develop in cats: 

  • Is your cat drinking far more water than is typical? This could be a sign of kidney disease, diabetes or thyroid issues. 
  • Bad breath can indicate your cat is suffering from tooth pain or periodontal disease. Left untreated, dental disease in cats can lead to more serious problems such as heart, kidney and liver conditions. 
  • A sudden increased appetite can be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal cancer, hyperthyroidism or diabetes. 
  • Have you noticed your cat is suddenly experiencing litter box issues? This could be a sign of anything from a urinary tract infection to kidney disease or bladder stones. 
  • Breathing problems and reduced enthusiasm for play or activities can indicate an upper respiratory infection. 
  • Arthritis or injuries can lead to a drop-off in your cat's acrobatic activities. 

What You Can Do If Your Cat is Sick

Your vet at Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital is here to provide diagnosis and treatment if your cat is exhibiting any unusual behaviors. Early detection and treatment of illnesses can help to prevent conditions from worsening or becoming life-threatening. 

Cat health issues or injuries frequently require immediate medical attention, including surgery or emergency care. It is crucial to seek expert veterinary guidance promptly. Early treatment initiation facilitates a faster return to normal behavior for your cat.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you suspect your cat may be feeling ill? Contact our vets in Stockton today to book an appointment.

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