Cats offer rewarding and unconditional mutual companionship. That’s why when your pet is sick, you want to do everything you can to get them back to their regular, happy self.
It’s important to know some of the main signs of sickness in cats. While we can’t communicate with our pet cats directly, knowing what to look out for will help alert you if something’s not right. This guide will help you be prepared.
Read on for the top ten signs your cat is sick.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Cats may not start to show obvious symptoms until they are very unwell. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign your cat is sick.
- Lethargy and unwillingness to play
- Noticeable changes in weight
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Becoming much more or much less vocal
- Improper use of litter tray
- Discharge from eyes or nose
- Over or undergrooming
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden changes in appetite
Spotting the symptoms early and booking an examination gives you the best chance to help your pet get better. Learning more about how to understand your cat’s behavior will make it easier to pick up on the signs and symptoms of illness.
Other Signs Your Cat Is Sick
Cats can be private and stoic creatures, which means it can be difficult to tell if your cat is sick. Even if you don’t notice any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to look out for subtle changes in behavior, even over time.
You know your pet better than anyone else. Keep an eye out for any changes in your cat’s demeanor, routine, or body language. If something doesn’t seem right, you should bring your cat in for an examination.
Treating a Sick Cat
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, you should take your cat to the vet. A trained veterinarian will check to identify underlying medical issues and offer a treatment plan.
Most cats don’t like to be examined for long. This makes it hard to notice cuts, scratches, or other wounds your cat might have. A vet will be able to examine your cat fully and thoroughly to determine what’s causing their symptoms.
Make sure you follow your vet’s advice and stick to any aftercare plans they recommend.
A Final Word
Does your cat exhibit any of these mentioned symptoms? As cats grow older, they begin to show more signs of illness and may need more intense treatments of perhaps end-of-life care.
It is a challenging and emotional time when a pet reaches the end of its life. Here at Midlands Pet Care, we can give your cat the dignified funeral and memorial service they deserve.
Please feel free to contact us during your time of need. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.