Unlike dogs, cats are very good at hiding pain and discomfort. They will often hide away if unwell or hurt. It is up to you to keep a close eye on your cat, to notice when something isn’t quite right, and to have regular check-ups with your vet, even phone advice, if you suspect something is wrong.
Coughs & sneezes, runny nose and eyes – These symptoms should be taken seriously in kittens and colder cats, as they may be a sign of cat flu which can be deadly. Adult cats can become very ill but it is not commonly fatal. Persistent coughing and breathing problems should also be brought to the attention of your vet as they may indicate problems within the chest.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea – Vomiting occasionally is normal, cats bring up ‘furballs’ after licking their fur and ingesting it. You can obtain pastes which you give to your cat to help with this. Also as with dogs, cats will eat grass and then vomit it up later, it seems to keep their insides healthy (maybe we should do it..No? Ok.) But vomiting and/or diarrhoea that lasts for more than 24 hours should always be checked by your vet, especially if it is accompanied by blood in the vomit or stool. Can also be accompanied by:
Lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss and sleeping more than normal – Can all be signs of old age, an underlying medical problem or stress, which should be investigated by your vet.
An increase in appetite and weight gain – On the other hand, this could be a symptom of an over-active thyroid or diabetes. If your cat is drinking and urinating more frequently these are also signs of diabetes.
Alternatively, a decrease in urination, ‘struggling’ to go, or blood in the urine are more than likely symptoms of a urinary infection. If your cat is male, it is especially important to get this checked ASAP, as these could be signs of a blockage in the urethra, which is highly dangerous and life-threatening. It is worth noting that female cats can suffer from blockages, but it is more common in males due to the shape and length of their urethra.
Constipation – Is worth a mention here, and can have a variety of causes, diet usually being the most obvious. Are you making sure your cat always has a constant supply of fresh water? If at all worried or it perseveres, consult your vet.
Fleas and Worms – Can cause skin problems, vomiting and other signs of illness, so it is vital to keep up a regular worm and flea program.
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