Cats are said to be experts at hiding illness. It is said that they may avoid contact and shy away from it or portray ill behavior. There are times we don’t know what’s wrong with our cat. That is why it is advised to get your cat checked every month. However, if you are lacking behind and feel like something is wrong with your cat, this article can help you.
Weight fluctuations and lethargy
Weight fluctuations in cats are a matter of concern. Especially the sudden weight drop in your cat is alarming. Check for stomach purrs. On the other hand, weight gain is time taking process and might cause a problem in the longer run.
Overweight cats possess a high risk of developing conditions, such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, stones, or bladder problems. Symptoms that can hint whether your cat is gaining weight are bad temper, shortness of breath, and sleeping more than usual.
A sudden increase in water consumption
If you are noticing the regularly empty water pots even after frequent refills, there might be a problem. Veterinarians often get complaints regarding an increase in urination and water consumption.
If this happens, know that you need to consult the vet quickly as excess urination is the first sign of several diseases. Symptoms may include unusual sleeping positions. If your cat is having a problem with normal urination, it might be due to Diabetes Mellitus, chronic kidney, etc. Blood in urine might be the result of stones in the bladder.
Excess discharge from ears, nose, and eyes
Respiratory problems, such as upper feline respiratory infections, can cause sniffing, sneezing, and pus-like discharge from the nose. These discharges might contain bacteria that can be contagious and can spread to other cats as well.
Cats diagnosed as carriers of FRV may be potential permanent carriers. They might carry it for as long as they live and can fall sick again in the future.
A variety of health problems might cause your cat’s breath to smell bad. Smelly breath is one of the first signs of dental problems. Production of excess brown tartar, difficulty in chewing, and favoring one side of the mouth might indicate dental problems, such as infections in mouth tissues, etc.
If your cat has a fever, this can be a sign of infections. However, oral hygiene might not be the only cause of bad breath, kidney problems, heart diseases, liver problems, etc.
Vomiting and diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea in cats are seen as one of the most common symptoms of an upset stomach. Irritation in the small intestine and digestion problems in the stomach might cause vomiting.
Troubles in the intestinal tracts can be the reason for diarrhea in your cats. A variety of reasons can cause this. A change in your cat’s diet is one of them. If you have been feeding your cat with the same meal and suddenly changed it, then that might have caused it. Diarrhea, if not treated, can cause dehydration along with intestinal inflammation.
Any color other than pink of your cat’s gums may be indicating several health problems. Problems, such as anemia, may include the gums to decolorize to light pink rather than the natural pink.
Blue gums point towards a lack of oxygen. Red blood gums are a result of increased body temperature and carbon monoxide poisoning. Yellow gums indicate symptoms of jaundice.
Excess vocal and aggressive
If your cat is suddenly more vocal than usual or is more irritated than average, there might be a problem. Cats usually try to hide their illness, so if your cat is more vocal, there are chances that something is causing excessive discomfort.
With aging as your cat’s vision starts to degrade, they might turn aggressive and become more vocal. Physical illness may also cause your cat to become more vocal to indicate their discomfort.
Diseases, such as kidney stones, cause great pain to cats, which may turn them aggressive. If such is the case, you need to take your cat to the vet urgently.
Skin problems are quite common in cats. Skin irritation might not seem like a big issue, but it tends to affect them in the long term. Being always irritated may cause your cat to turn aggressive. Frequent itching is caused by dry skin, which may be due to the temperature.
Fleas and mites are some of the skin parasites that can cause inflammation in kittens. Allergic reactions may cause skin irritations and hair loss in cats. Try to find yourself what is causing an allergic reaction in your cat and try to avoid your cat getting in contact with it. However, if it seems a difficult task for you, you can always consult a vet.