Signs of Sickness in Cats

Signs of Sickness in Cats

Sometimes its not always obvious when they aren’t feeling well!

  1. Not using the litterbox like they should be

–          Urinating or defecating outside of the litterbox can be a sign of systemic illness, physical discomfort or psychological distress

–          Spending more time in the litterbox can be a sign of constipation or urinating more can indicate urinary tract disorders or systemic illness

  1. Not acting themselves

–          Hiding or hanging out in places around the house that is unusual for them

–          Changes with how they are interacting with people or other animals

  1. Changes to eating and drinking habits

–          Eating less food or not seeming as excited for typical treats

–          Drinking more water such as finishing the water dish or hanging out around taps or the bathtub to quench their thirst

  1. Losing weight

–          Sometimes weight loss is the only sign of illness we see in cats

Some more obvious signs:

–          Gastrointestinal signs: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation

–          Urinary signs: blood in urine, straining to urinate

–          Respiratory signs: changes in respiration rate or effort

–          Skin changes: losing fur, matting, red or raw areas

Dr. Julie Fell

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