How to tell if your cat is sick: Signs and Symptoms

How to tell if your cat is sick: Signs and Symptoms

Cats can be quite stoic creatures. They are often able to hide their discomfort when they are unwell or uncomfortable. Here, our Johns Creek vets share some of the signs and symptoms which may indicate that your feline friend is feeling ill.

Symptoms of a Sick Cat

Like many kinds of animals, cats are remarkably good at hiding their discomfort when they are feeling unwell. In fact, the signs of illness in your cat may not be obvious until your cat is feeling particularly sick. Because of this, it is important that your visit your vet in the Johns Creek area if you notice any of the following symptoms of illness in cats:

  • Hiding
  • Constricted or dilated pupils
  • Sudden mood change 
  • No inclination to play or appearing lethargic
  • Much less or much more vocal than usual 
  • Noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden changes in appetite, drinking, or eating habits 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Neglecting grooming or over-grooming
  • Improper use of litter box
  • Limping or injuries 
  • Bad breath
  • Discharge from eyes or nose 
  • Hair loss or skin irritation
  • Wounds or swelling 

Knowing When Your Cat is Sick

No one knows your cat as well as you do. You can use this to help monitor your cat for any subtle changes in their behavior or demeanor that others may not notice. Make sure you take note of any notable changes.

If something about your cat's behavior doesn't seem right, it may be a good sign to bring your pet in for an examination, even if your cat isn't showing signs of any of the symptoms listed above.

    Some Common Causes of Illness in Cats

    The symptoms which you've listed above are all signs that your cat may be ill. Here are a few common illnesses that cats can develop:

    • The sudden appearance of litter box issues could indicate anything from a urinary tract infection to bladder stones or kidney disease.
    • A sudden increased appetite could be an indication of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease or even intestinal cancer.
    • If your cat is drinking more water than usual, it good be a good sign that your cat is suffering from thyroid issues, kidney disease or diabetes.
    • Upper respiratory infections can cause breathing problems and reduce your cat's enthusiasm for activities and play.
    • Injuries and arthritis can result in a drop-off in your cat’s acrobatic activities. 
    • Bad breath in your cat is a strong indicator that your kitty may be suffering from periodontal disease or is suffering from tooth pain. If this condition is left untreated, dental disease in your cat may result in more serious issues such as liver, heart or kidney diseases.

    What To Do if Your Cat is Sick

    If your cat is displaying any unusual behaviors it's worth a trip to the vet for diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment of illnesses can help to prevent conditions from becoming more severe or potentially life-threatening.

    Cat injuries or illnesses often require urgent medical attention, surgery or even emergency care. It is essential to seek professional veterinary advice as soon as possible. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner your furry friend will be acting more like themselves again.

    If your cat is feeling unwell, contact Johns Creek Veterinary Clinic to book an appointment today

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