Ten Signs of Illness in Cats

Is Your Cat Telling You Something?


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10 Signs of Illness in Cats

Sometimes it's difficult to identify when your cat's not feeling well. Watch for these signs of illness and contact us as soon as possibly if your pet begins to show any of them.

  1. Inappropriate elimination - A cat that urinates inappropriately could have any number of conditions associated with the behavior, including lower urinary tract disease, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, and diabetes. It can also be a sign of arthritis, which makes it difficult for cats to get into the litter box.

  2. Changes in interaction - Cats are social animals, so changes in interactions with humans or pets can signal disease, fear, anxiety or pain.

  3. Changes in activity - A decrease in activity is often a sign of arthritis or systemic illness, while an increase in activity can be caused by hyperthyroidism.

  4. Changes in sleeping habits - If your cat is sleeping more than normal (keep in mind that an average male cat may sleep 16-18 hours a day - though much of that is "catnapping"), it could be a sign of an underlying disease.

  5. Changes in food and water consumption - Most cats are not finicky eaters. Decreased food intake can be a sign of several disorders, ranging from poor dental health to cancer. Increased food consumption can be caused by diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or other health problems.

  6. Unexplained weight loss or gain - Sudden weight loss can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or a host of other diseases. Obesity, on the other hand, can cause an increased risk of diabetes, joint disease and other problems.

  7. Changes in grooming - Patches of hair loss or a greasy or matted appearance can signal an underlying disease. Cats who have difficulty grooming often suffer from fear, anxiety, obesity, or other illnesses. An increase in grooming may signal a skin problem.

  8. Signs of stress - Stressed cats may exhibit signs of depression, hide more, or spend more time awake and scanning their environment. These signs may indicate a medical condition so it's important to rule out physical ailments before addressing the stress behaviorally.

  9. Changes in vocalization - An increase in vocalization or howling is often seen with an underlying condition like hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure. Many cats also vocalize more if they're in pain or anxious.

  10. Bad breath - Bad breath is an early indicator of an oral problem - studies have shown that 70 percent of cats have gum disease as early as age 3.

Let's work together to help your feline friend

live a long, healthy life!

For an appointment call 815-462-7387 or visit our website at www.cedarwayvet.com and book an appointment on line.

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