How To Tell if Your Cat is Sick
Cats are very good when it comes to hiding their illness. A theory explains that they normally do this to avoid being viewed as vulnerable. This behavior, however, leads to many cats getting very sick and by the time its owner notices it’s usually very sick. Problems are treated when it is still early and this why you should not ignore the following signs when you observe them in your cat.
Cats tend to hide and lie in a hunched position when sick. A cat that was previously clingy may change to one that is independent and just aloof due to illness. Some illnesses may even cause a change in the size of one or both pupils of the cat’s eyes.
Eating, drinking, urinating or defecating less
A change in the eating habit can signify a potential illness in your cat. Cats usually don’t feel like eating when they are sick. Frequent urination attempts which result to little or no amounts of urine produced may symbolize kidney problems. Bad breath in cats may also indicate the presence of kidney problems.
Vomiting and regurgitating
When your cat vomits or regurgitates food after eating, it may be a sign of stomach problems. If the vomit persists for a few more hours, it means it quickly needs to see a vet.
Weight loss in cats is a clear indication of the thyroid disease. Worse still, it may signify the presence of cancer.
Change in sleep pattern
When your cat is up all night but it used to sleep or sleeps during the day when it used to be active, something might be wrong. This may also be a sign of stress.
Changes in vocalization
A change in voice may be as a result of sickness. When your cat increases its vocalization or becomes quite while it was chatty before, there might be something wrong.
Change in coat
If your cat stops grooming and its coat becomes flaky or clumpy, it may be due to an illness. Cats are normally fastidious groomers, however, over grooming by them usually related to stress due to parasites, and normally results to bald patches.
Always observe your cat for any of the following signs. Any single sign of them should definitely give you a good reason to take your cat for examination.