We can never be fully prepared for the moments when your cat becomes sick, but knowing the symptoms will help you identify them, so you can treat your cat/s right away. It is never easy when we find out that our cats are carrying some sort of disease or is suffering from some kind of illness and of course we want it to benefit from the best treatment.
#1 If you notice a change in your cat’s appetite
Eating too much or too little can potentially signify disease. If you notice a change either way, you should notify your veterinarian. There are countless diseases that can cause overeating or losing one’s appetite. You veterinarian’s job will be to investigate why. This typically starts with blood work, X-rays and/or ultrasound.
#2 Changes in her grooming routine
Lack of grooming can cause a dull or greasy hair coat, which can indicate skin disease or other problems. Some cats over-groom and end up with bald patches. Skin parasites, like fleas or mange, or even stress can cause this behavior.
#3 Sleep pattern change
If your cat seems to sleep all day when he used to be active, he may be trying to tell you he doesn’t feel well. The opposite is also true. If your kitty is up all night roaming the house, vocalizing, or seems overactive during the day, there might be an underlying cause.
#4 Eliminating outside of her litter box
Causes of this annoying habit can be behavioral or indicate a disease. Discuss your pet’s symptoms with your veterinarian to rule out a bladder infection or urinary blockage before treating this as a behavior issue.
Vomiting is not normal in cats. Some people think it’s ok for a cat to vomit every few days, but it’s not. Things like rare vomiting or the occasional hairball are not concerns. However, anything more than this warrants a trip to the veterinarian.
#6 Increased thirst
Increased thirst can mean many things in cats. Most often it means there is a problem with the kidneys or urinary tract. Many owners never even see their cats drink water. So, if you start noticing your cat near the water dish more than before, it means something.
#7 Any discharge from eyes or nose
Discharge from eyes or nose indicates a possible upper respiratory infection. This can make your cat feel ill and stop eating. It may be contagious to other cats in your home. Your vet may recommend medications to help your cat recover faster.
Skin irritation or hair loss may be a sign of allergies, external parasites, or another skin condition. It’s also likely painful or itchy. Don’t let your cat suffer needlessly. Your vet may be able to offer treatment options.
#9 Limping or trouble when jumping
Limping and trouble jumping up are signs of an injury or a condition like arthritis. Don’t assume your cat is not in pain because he is eating and acting normal otherwise. See your vet so the injury or condition can be treated appropriately.
#10 Bad breath
Bad breath is a sign of dental problems. Mild halitosis may not be urgent, but it means your cat’s teeth should be checked soon. Severe bad breath should be addressed sooner. Also, watch for excessive drooling and bleeding from the mouth. If your cat has an oral infection, it exposes the whole body to the bacteria in the mouth. This could lead to problems with the heart and other organs.