Monday, May 28, 2012

Determining If You Have A Sick Cat

How To Know When Your Cat Is Sick

Cats are very stoical by nature. This comes from generations of life in the wild. Small felines—both predators and prey— instinctively hide signs of weakness lest they become someone’s lunch. This impulse is highly useful in the wilderness, but not so relevant to the modern cat’s lifestyle. A cat may keep her sickness a secret until her body can no longer cope. Suddenly, you have a very unhappy kitty on your hands. Luckily, cats do give hints. The better you know your cat—her habits, appearance, and behavior—the more apparent they will be. Noticing sick signs and intervening right away could mean the difference between life and death.

The following are common sick signs in cats

Behavior change
If your cat’s temperament changes unexpectedly, she is probably telling you something.
Change in appetite
Changes in appetite are a classic sign of feline illness, although some don’t simply stop eating. They may just
become picky, or switch from preferring dry food to craving only canned
Increased thirst
If your cat is drinking more, he should urinate more too. A soaked litter pan or urine accidents outside the box are reasons to call the vet.
Vomiting
Repeated vomiting over a 24 hour period is not normal, and can indicate a serious infection or intestinal
blockage. Chronic, recurrent spit-ups are another concern, especially if accompanied by weight loss, lethargy, or diarrhea.
Straining to urinate
Bladder problems are quite common in cats. Typical signs include frequent trips to the litter pan, labored or painful urination, or bloody or discolored urine.
Breathing problems
The signs of respiratory disease can be subtle. Symptoms to watch for include cough, wheezing, shortness of
breath, and shallow, rapid breathing.
Bad breath
All cats have fish breath; however an unusually foul odor may indicate a painful ulcer or tooth abscess.
Dull coat
If your feline friend is looking like something the cat dragged in, there could be a problem.
Lumps and bumps
Lameness
Neurological signs
Weakness, stumbling, falling, head tilt, disorientation, loss of consciousness, seizures: these are all key
neurological signs.
Unexplained weight loss