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.