Cats are normally very good about keeping themselves clean. Your kitty may spend hours every day carefully grooming herself. However, if your pet is sick, she may very well forgo her usual beauty ritual. Before long, her coat will start looking greasy and matted.
It isn’t unusual for cats to produce the occasional hairball. However, frequent or violent vomiting is another story, and can be a sign of medical trouble.
Now, if I advised my clients to bring their cats in every time they did something strange, some of my feline patients would be visiting me daily! What you want to watch for are things that aren’t normal for your pet. For instance, a normally-cuddly kitty that starts acting aggressive could be sick.
If Fluffy suddenly stops using her litterbox, she may be ill. Changes in the amount, texture, or color of your cat’s waste can also be red flags. Trouble urinating is another warning sign, and can be indicative of serious medical issues.
Just like people, cats often withdraw when they feel ill. If Fluffy has been hiding under the bed or in a closet, and doesn’t want to come out, she may be sick.
Changes in your pet’s normal vocalizations can also indicate sickness. For instance, a quiet cat that starts howling may be sick.
These are just a few possible signs of illness. Fever, lethargy, runny eyes or noses, and coughing, sneezing, and wheezing are also red flags. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs. The sooner an issue is treated, the better!
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact me, your Marion, IA veterinarian, anytime!