Cats are experts when it comes to hiding injuries and illnesses, which means that we need to be diligent in monitoring for potential issues. Our vets in Westfield talk about common cat illnesses and signs to watch for when your cat is sick.
When Cats Get Sick
Cats can occasionally become sick with seemingly no warning at all. Cat illnesses range from upper respiratory infections (cat colds), to diabetes, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, parasites, hyperthyroidism, urinary disorders, age-related disease and even cancer.
Naturally, the symptoms your cat shows will depend upon the kind of illness they are suffering from. However, there are a number of symptoms that are common to many health issues in cats. Below our vets share a few signs that can mean your cat is unwell and needs to see the vet, as well as more serious symptoms that indicate your cat is in need of urgent veterinary care.
Common Signs To Watch For When Your Cat Is Sick
Cats are particularly clever at hiding pain and illness, so it's important to monitor your cat's behavior to watch for anything that seems unusual for your feline friend. While it may only be a passing bout of indigestion or a cold, it's also possible that your cat has a serious condition that needs medical attention.
Below are some of the most common signs of a sick cat. If your kitty is showing any of the symptoms below contact your vet to book an appointment. Cats can be stoic creatures and what looks like a minor issue could be the sign of something more serious.
- Diarrhea or constipation - especially if there appears to be pain
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Weight changes - sudden decrease or increase in weight
- Increased or decrease in drinking habits
- Breathing issues, or changes in breathing
- Runny eyes or nose, with clear, green or white discharge
- Excessive shedding, bald patches or skin irritation
- Changes in bathroom habits
- Blood in the urine
- Changes in personality - if your cat is normally playful but has stopped
How To Tell That Your Cat's Sickness Is An Emergency
If you happen to notice any of the signs below these indicate that your cat is in need of care immediately. Contact your vet or nearest emergency clinic right away.
If you're unclear if a situation is an emergency, you can call us and we can help you decide.
- Indications of severe pain - typically accompanied by loud crying or aggression
- Breathing difficulties
- Signs of pain while urinating
- Discolored gums - blue, grey, white, or unusually pale
- Bleeding that is moderate to extreme
- Any exposure to poison
- Vomiting blood
- Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
- Unable to walk or signs of dizziness
- Overly high or low temperatures - under 37° or over 40°
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.