helping with feline illness and symptoms
Some illnesses come on overnight, while others develop over days and months. The slowly-developing problems can be harder for owners to recognize. The signs tend to be subtle at first, but the earlier we identify the problem, the more we can do to help.
How to Spot a Sick Kitty
The following is a list of symptoms to be on the lookout for in your kitty:
- Weight loss
- Changes in how much, how often, or where they urinate or defecate
- Repeated episodes of soft stools (poo)
- Less frequent, small, or hard stools
- Changes in their behavior or routine, such as unusual hiding or excessive sleeping
- Repetitive head shaking, ear scratching, licking, chewing, or grooming (often a hairless tummy)
- Limping, slow to rise and walk, difficulty going up stairs, no longer jumping
- Changes in the shape or symmetry of the head, face or body, new lumps or bumps
- Repeated vomiting or decreased appetite
- Increase or decrease in how much water they drink
If you see any of these signs, please call your veterinarian. We can affect problems much more efficiently, the earlier we catch them
When is it time to bring your cat to the vet?
Not all of these signs are necessarily abnormal but generally will warrant being checked by your veterinarian to make sure they are not indicative of larger issues.