If your cat is dealing with an illness, there are a variety of subtle, and not-so-subtle signs that owners should be aware of. Today, our Laguna Woods vets discuss the signs and symptoms of some common cat illnesses.
Much like people cats can suddenly find themselves feeling sick. Cat illnesses range from common and highly contagious cat colds (upper respiratory infections) to diabetes, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, worms, hyperthyroidism, and even cancer.
Of course, the symptoms that your cat shows will depend upon the kind of illness they are suffering from however several symptoms are common to many health issues in cats.
Below, our vets from Laguna Hills Animal Hospital share a few signs that can mean it's time to book a vet appointment, as well as more serious symptoms that indicate that your cat needs emergency veterinary care.
Signs of a Sick Cat
Cats possess a natural instinct to hide if they are sick or injured, so it's important to monitor your cat's behavior to watch for anything that seems out of the ordinary for your kitty. Although it may just be a passing bout of indigestion or a cold, it's also possible that your cat has a more serious condition that needs medical attention.
Cats hide pain and illness well, so what looks like a minor issue could be a sign of something more serious. Contact your vet to book an appointment if you notice any of the following symptoms as they are a sign your cat is sick.
- Increased thirst
- Changes in weight
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Lethargy - sleeping more than usual
- Blood in the urine
- Increased urination
- Changes in personality
- Breathing issues, or changes in breathing
- Runny eyes or nose, clear, green, or white
- Excessive shedding, bald patches, skin irritation
Signs of a Veterinary Emergency
While the symptoms listed above indicate that it's time to book a veterinary appointment for your cat, the symptoms listed below are much more serious. If your cat shows any of the following symptoms urgent veterinary care is required.
If you are unclear whether your cat's symptoms are indicative of an emergency, our veterinary team can help you decide.
- Breathing difficulties
- Indications of severe pain
- Signs of pain while urinating
- Discolored gums - blue, grey, white, or pale
- Vomiting blood
- Any exposure to poison
- Unable to walk or signs of dizziness
- Bleeding that is moderate to extreme
- Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
- Overly high or low temperatures (under 99°F or over 104°F)
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet for an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition.