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What are the Symptoms of a Sick Cat?

Cats are generally calm pets that often keep to themselves. Whether that means lying on the couch all day or playing on their climbing tower—they’re often independent creatures. Their independent nature may make it difficult to tell when they’re not feeling well. Have you noticed your cat behaving out of character? What are the symptoms of a sick cat? Well, that can vary depending on what’s going on with your feline friend.

Normal Cat Behavior

The majority of cats are playful, energetic and enjoy interacting with their owners. They love to play with their toys and follow around other pets or people. You may catch your kitty kneading, climbing, grooming and most of all—purring! These are all signs of normal cat behavior. 

Abnormal Cat Behavior

If your cat is usually friendly and sociable, there are some behaviors that should signal worry. Hiding is the most common behavior of an ill cat. If you notice a drastic change in demeanor, you should call a veterinarian as soon as possible. 

How to Know if Your Cat is Sick

When it comes to finding out if your cat is sick, you will know best. You understand what’s normal and what’s not for your cat. Although, there are some signs and symptoms that may be caused by illness. 

Symptoms to Watch Out for:

  • A drastic change in mood
  • Lethargy (more than usual)
  • Urinating or defecating outside litter box
  • Quick breathing
  • Slow breathing or wheezing
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Limping
  • Hair loss

What Makes a Cat Sick? 

If you’re reading this, you may wonder how your cat got sick in the first place. The truth is, there are many things that can make your cat sick. From kidney disease to a toothache, it really depends on the situation. 

When your cat is vomiting, have plenty of water available in order to help recover those lost fluids. They may be suffering from a general tummy ache or they ate too fast. Sometimes, cats eat too quickly, and this often causes vomiting of undigested food. One way to prevent this from happening is to provide food puzzles for your cat. This helps moderate how much and how fast they’re eating. 

Cats are natural hunters, so hiding food throughout the house caters more to their natural instincts and will prevent post-feeding regurgitation. If the vomiting doesn’t stop or you think there’s more going on, you should call your veterinarian. 

For fleas and ticks, the best treatment is prevention. At Care First Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of options for all of our patients. Call today to learn more!

Call Care First Animal Hospital Today

At Care First Animal Hospital, we are happy to provide the Triangle area with high-quality veterinary care based in Raleigh, NC. If you notice any strange behavior or physical changes in your cat, please don’t hesitate to call us today! We offer same-day sick appointments, so we are always here for you and your pet.

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