Signs That Your Cat is Not Feeling Well
15 January, 2013

Our feline friends might not feel well, and as cat owners, it can be difficult to tell if our cat is just being finicky.  Unlike dogs, cats are a little more subtle at hiding their illness and it can be hard to figure out the cause.  As we know, each of our cats looks and behaves differently and might even react in their own way to what illness they might encounter.

Below are some signs that your cat could be sick:

Your cat stops eating or drinking

If your cat has lost his or her appetite for more than a day, he or she could be sick.  We know our cats are finicky, so only you will know if this is unusual for your cat.  The same applies to water.  If your cat is drinking excessive amounts of water, it could be a sign of diabetes and/or kidney disease.  Kidney disease is very common in older cats.

Your cat misses the litter box

If your cat starts to miss the litter box, then this is a sign that he might have a kidney issue or maybe just an internal flu.  If it happens once, then there is really no need to be alarmed.  If it becomes frequent, than make sure to see your vet for some blood tests.

Your cat seems listless

We know most of our cats sleep and/or nap between 16 and 18 hours each day (what a life!)  If they start sleeping more and/or are seemingly less active, this is indicative of pain, illness or internal discomfort.  If this lasts for more than a few days, make sure to take your cat to the vet.

Your cat loses weight

If your cat suddenly loses a lot of weight, it can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, diabetes, pancreatitis and many other conditions.  Weight loss generally occurs in older cats; however, it should not be significant enough that it is noticeable.

Your cat is losing his or her hair

If your cat is suddenly losing patches of hair of his fur has a matted appearance, there might be an underlying medical issue.   This also extends to grooming.  Cats that have difficulty grooming often suffer from obesity and joint disease, while excessive grooming may indicate skin disease, anxiety and other compulsive behavior.

Your cat seems stressed

Stressed cats may have difficulty socializing and may hide more. Sometimes this change in behavior can be related to a physical disease.  Further, if your normally social cat starts to retreat more than usual or isn’t interacting with you and your friends in his or her normal pattern, it could be that he is hurting inside and wants you to know!

Of course, there are other signs and signals that your cat will display that let you know he or she is uncomfortable.   Only you, as the cat owner, will know whether this cat behavior is typical for your feline.  If any of the above lasts for more than a couple days, it is best to schedule an appointment with your vet.

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