Signs of Sickness in Cats

By July 31, 2015 Uncategorized

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