Five Signs Your Cat Isn’t Feeling Well

Five Signs Your Cat Isn’t Feeling Well

12274611_sCats are tough customers, for both veterinarians and owners. Because they’re subtle animals, you may not immediately notice a problem. Here are five clues that can tell you that something may be up with kitty and it’s time to call the veterinarian.

  1. Choosing sleep over eating. Cats love to eat. And even though they do sleep a lot, few cats will resist the sound of a can opener. If your cat has stopped eating and drinking and instead sleeps for more than a couple days, something is wrong. Don’t let yourself think that your cat is just getting something out of his system. Cats that stop eating for more than just two days can develop serious metabolic diseases that affect liver functioning. As they get weaker, it becomes more difficult to rouse them from sleep to have a meal.

  1. Lots of meowing from a normally quiet cat. While some breeds, notably Siamese, are known for their vocal skills, most cats limit their meows to requests for food. If your cat starts verbalizing a lot more than usual, it could be his way of telling you something hurts. Fertile female cats get noisy when they go into heat. Unless you’re a serious breeder of top-line show cats, it’s best to get her spayed.
  1. Cold symptoms that last for more than a week. Like us, cats get colds. If your cat sneezes and coughs for more than week or so, it could be a sign of a more serious illness. New symptoms are an additional cause for alarm.
  1. Radical changes in litter box use. Like us, cats prefer to do their business in clean places, so be sure to promptly clean your cat’s litter box. But if he suddenly stops using it for no apparent reason, there’s a reason for concern. If he’s going “outside the box,” it could be that he’s lost his control; a virus, parasite, or infection could be behind this. The same applies if you notice that he’s straining to urinate.
  1. Fur Loss. It’s normal for human guys to lose hair as they age, but not cats of either gender. If you notice clumps of fur around the house and corresponding bald patches, this could be a sign of ringworm, fleas, or a thyroid problem. All are treatable.
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