Knowing when your cat is sick can be extremely difficult. After all, they can’t tell you when they’re not feeling well. Fortunately, there are specific symptoms and signs that can help you determine whether or not your cat needs to see a vet.
5 Questions To Ask Yourself If Your Cat Is Sick
1. How’s your cat acting?
Monitor how your cat acts overall. Notice if they are meowing or whining as if in pain or if they are completely lethargic and sleep most of the day without even getting up to walk around, eat or drink, or go to the bathroom. Often, cats will lay on their side when they are not feeling well and will hardly get up.
Similarly, watch out for your cat hiding frequently. When cats are not feeling well, they’ll often put themselves out of sight and hide from you.
2. Are they eating and drinking normally?
Abnormal eating and drinking habits could be a sign that your cat isn’t feeling well. Generally speaking, your cat won’t eat if they don’t feel well. In rare cases, some cats will have an increased appetite because of a health condition, so this is a symptom to watch out for as well.
Again, many cats will not drink if they don’t feel well, but increased thirst is a symptom of several disorders also. These disorders include diabetes, kidney disease, and several others.
3. How’s their digestion?
There are several symptoms of poor digestion that you may notice in your cats. For example, vomiting or regurgitation, constipation, and diarrhea are all symptoms of poor digestion. Vomiting is one of the most common symptoms associated with more serious health conditions in cats. When it is consistently repeated, it is definitely time to take your cat into the vet.
Monitor how your cat is urinating also. The inability to urinate or pain when urinating (often denoted by not releasing much fluid and whining or meowing while urinating) could be signs of trouble.
4. Is he coughing?
Coughing can also be a symptom of something serious. Some conditions that may be linked with severe coughing in cats include heart disease, asthma, tumors, lung disease, allergies, and a few other illnesses. Normally, if you notice that your cat is coughing for more than one or two days, you should call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Contact Henderson Animal Hospital
If you are concerned that your they could be sick and if they have been showing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, it’s time to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. For those who live in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area, Henderson Animal Hospital is one of the top veterinarians in the area to consider.
We can take a look at your cat and assess whether or not their symptoms could align with something serious. If necessary, we’ll diagnose your cat and then provide next-step options for treatment. To learn more about the services that we offer at Henderson Animal Hospital or to make your appointment today, please call (204) 339-9295!