Is my pet cat ill? How do I know if they are ill? This is probably one of the most asked questions when it comes to cats.
Since cats cant obviously talk, it can be difficult to know and realize signs that may mean they are ill.
Also, cats are very good at hiding signs, that sometimes you won’t be able to know if they are ill
But why is this? Think wild. If an animal shows or is ill and weak out in the wild, it will die and get eaten.
Cats share more than 95% of their DNA with a Siberian Tiger so protective behavior like this is an instinct to them
There might be obvious and clear signs of illness in your cat such as blood in their waste or vomit.
Seeing blood in when your cat urinates can mean urinary tract disorder, especially if your cat is straining and finding it difficult.
Blood in the feces can signify a range of illnesses, some minor, and some more serious.
When it comes to vomiting, throwing up the hairball every now and then is probably normal.
However, if they are vomiting several times a day or they throw up blood, you’d have to get them to the vet ASAP.
Vomiting blood is always a sign of a serious illness.
Another visible symptom is diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. If untreated, it can be fatal.
Diarrhea is when too much water is discharged with the feces, therefore making loose or watery waste.
Constipation, on the other hand, happens when the body creates small, hard, and infrequent stools.
It is usually produced by hairballs, and shouldn’t go unnoticed as it can lead to weight loss and anorexia
Most of the time we recommend a rule to take your feline friend to the vet at least once a year. If you have an older cat, or if your cat is known for having health problems, then your vet might advise you for more visits.
Let’s go over 6 common signs of illness in cats.
1: Change(s) in Appetite or Thirst
If a cat suddenly doesn’t eat or drink, this often means the cat is in pain or is otherwise feeling poorly.
Contrary to popular belief, most cats are not fussy eaters.
Look for changes, such as an increase or decrease, in how much your cat eats. Eating too much or too little can possibly suggest disease.
For example, eating less than usual can mean even a dental problem.
If a cat is more thirsty than usual, this can mean issues like diabetes or kidney problems.
2: Out of the Litter Box
If your cat has been fine about using the litter box, then suddenly is starting to making a mess anywhere out of it,
there’s a problem. This habit can be just behavioral or might mean a disease.
Be sure to keep your litter box clean, as cats don’t like using a dirty litter box.
If your cat is straining or is in pain when to urinating or defecating, take them to the vet immediately.
3: Unusual Weight Loss or Gain
If your cat is losing or adding on weight for unknown reasons, it’s a good idea to take them to the vet.
Weight gain/loss can mean a thyroid condition in your pet, but, the cause can be as serious as cancer.
In older cats, losing weight is normal as when they grow they lose muscle mass, but a big loss can mean something severe.
Severe weight gain can end in obesity, which can mean arthritis, tumors, and a much shorter lifespan. It can also lead to
human diseases like heart disease
4: Change in Normal Behavior
Changes in behavior can indicate concern in an ill cat. One classic sign is noticing if your typically social cat starts hiding or acting weird.
Most cats when not feeling good will avoid people in general.
Similarly, if a cat is hurt or sick, they may become aggressive, especially if you touch a sore spot on them.
5: Change in Grooming Habits
If you notice a change in your cats’ fur, such as it is more dull than usual or maybe even greasy.
Even if your cat stops grooming a tiny bit, it means something severe such as skin disease.
On the other hand, a cat that suddenly starts over-grooming could be a sign of pain or allergies.
6: Changes in Sleep Patterns
Cats sleep A LOT. In fact, they spend about 2/3 of their lives sleeping. But they do start a consistent routine of napping when they feel good.
Look for changes in your cat’s napping routine.
If your cat is up all night exploring the house or is overactive throughout the day,
there might be a problem like pain and/or illness.