When a cat is in pain they seem to do a good job at hiding it from their pet parents. So when you suspect that your cat is sick or in pain there’s a good chance it has become severe. Here is another great video from Jackson Galaxy and his Cat Mojo series about becoming more aware of when your cat is sick. Here are some of the clues you should look out for to know if your cat is sick.
- Behavioral Change
Is your cat acting differently? Do they sleep more than usual or maybe is having difficulty breathing? As a pet parent, you are the only one who can tell if your cat is acting different. A change in their daily routine may be a sign that they’re sick. Head pressing may also be a sign of much more severe disease. This is when you cat presses their head against a wall or some other surface for no reason. It’s almost like they are trying to squash something in their head. This could be a sign of some brain injury or disease.
- Altered Sleeping Patterns
I know cats sleep a lot of the time, but be conscious of how much they are sleeping, and are they sleeping at times when they would normally be awake and playing.. Look out for any change in your cats normal routine as this may be a sign that they are unwell.
- Change in Appetite
Cats love to eat. So a change in its appetite could be a sign that something is not right in our Kitty’s world. If your cat starts to neglect the food that they normally like, it should ring alarm bells. Check first that they are not just bored with the same food every day, by giving them a treat. If they don’t seem enthusiastic about the treat, look for some of the other signs discussed here, or simply consult your vet.
- Litter Box Habits
If your cat is experiencing pain while urinating, perhaps they are constipated or suffering from diarrhea something may be amiss in your cat’s health. Check their litter box for any change in bowel movement or even the presence of blood. Your cat could be suffering some form of urinary tract infection (UTI), or some gut related disease. It is important that you consult your vet for prevention and cure.
Vomiting soon after eating can be a problem. This could indicate food poisoning, blockage or a sign of some other problem. Vomiting together with other infections like diarrhea should seek medical attention.
- Too much coughing
It could be just hairballs, or maybe a sign of something more serious. If your cat seems to be coughing more often than usual, consult your vet for it may be a sign of heart disease or respiratory disease. A false alarm is better than being negligent.
Other signs to look out for that may indicate that your cat is unwell or in pain include, neglecting grooming, hiding or even reduction in physical activities. As Jackson says in the video, we need to do our due diligence – this starts with being aware of the signs and doing research. Do not ignore even the smallest sign of a cat in pain. When in doubt, always check with your vet. It better to be safe, than sorry.
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