When you own a furry feline, you’ve got a friend for life! And what’s great about owning a cat is how laid-back and relaxed they are. But the problem is that they can end up being too calm that you might not know they’re already sick. Besides the regular checkups, you’ll also need to look out for the signs yourself. It’s time to start paying extra attention to the way your cat acts and feels when around you. Even if your cat doesn’t look like it, these are the telltale signs your cat is sick:
Change in Attitude
Usually, your cat would feel in pain without showing it. But he has different actions from before, such as:
- In a hunched position and sitting very still
- Uninterested in anything and neglecting to groom himself
- Over-grooming or licking one spot more often
- Excessive and unusual meows or other sounds
- Restlessness or feeling anger towards surroundings
If you see that your furry friend begins to sit still even when he used to play a lot, or that your relaxed cat moves more so than usual, then he might be feeling uncomfortable with something in his body.
Change of Appetite
If you noticed that your cat isn’t eating as much as he used to, then he might have lost interest in his food, focusing more on the pain he feels. Other times, he might feel too nauseous to eat (without showing it!). Weight loss from this is another sign that your cat is sick. Another thing to notice would be if your cat suddenly starts eating more. This symptom may mean a problem with your cat’s thyroid glands. Excessive thirst might also mean something dangerous, such as a kidney disease, diabetes, or infections.
Bad Breath/Mouth Breathing
Sure, cats don’t have the minty fresh breath. Usually, they have cat food breath that’s acceptable. But if you’re with your cat and suddenly smell something very fishy and off when he meows, then that may mean there’s something wrong. It might seem amusing if your cat breathes through his mouth like a dog, but it isn’t normal at all. It may mean that he has a heart or respiratory problem. Once you notice your cat panting through his mouth, then take him to the vet immediately. An exception to this sign would be if he were running around or feeling very stressed (such as being in the vet’s office or other unfamiliar surroundings).
Constant Yearn for Attention
If your cat begins asking for even more attention than he has before, he might be trying to tell you that he’s sick. Just like hiding, it may be him showing he’s in pain and needs help.
Change of Toilet Habits
If your cat regularly goes to the litter box or consistently stays around it, he might be suffering from a medical problem. And if you notice a change in bowel movements, such as always urinating or pooping, then you’ll need to have him checked for any stomach problems (Especially if it’s diarrhea).
Change of Sleeping Habits
Just like humans, cats in pain or feeling sick would have a hard time resting up. So if your cat, who usually sleeps or has a regular sleeping pattern, starts to stay up incessantly meowing or staying still the whole night, then it’s time to check him for medical problems. Or if your usually active cat begins to sleep more (even during mealtimes), then that means he’s trying to relieve the pain by resting.
If you spot any of these symptoms on your cat, then it’s time to take action. Here are the tips to follow to care for your sick cat:
- Take him to the vet. If your cat suffers from any symptom despite the relaxed look, then it’s best to bring him to a medical professional and have him checked before anything else. The vet will know what to prescribe or what you should do to keep your cat healthy.
- If your cat suffers from diarrhea but seems fine or appears to have difficulty eating or digesting his food, then what he consumes may be the culprit. Have him drink more water and check what he eats. If you can change your cat’s food to something healthier (wet food is better for younger or senior cats), then better.
- Not only should you give him medicine (only as prescribed by the vet) and feed him well, but make sure to give him the care and attention he needs. Bring familiar and loved toys to him and have your cat stay as comfortable as possible, may it be in the hospital or if you’re treating him at home.