It can sometimes be difficult to tell when you have a sick pet; after all, he or she cannot tell you when he or she is feeling bad. However, with careful observation, you should be able to tell if your cat isn’t feeling well and needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Here are six symptoms that can indicate your feline friend is sick.
Check the Gums
If your cat seems ill, you should check the colour of his or her gums. To check them, gently lift a lip and press your thumb against the gum. Normal gums are deep pink and they should return to that colour. Very pale gums can be a sign of shock or anaemia while bluish gums and tongue indicates a lack of oxygen. You need to see the vet right away. Any other colour can also indicate a problem and you should make an appointment with the vet.
Most cats will act differently than normal when they’re not feeling well. Many of them will find quiet places to hide and even though your cat may be sick or in pain, he or she may purr. Another sign to look out for because it often indicates neurological problems is pressing his or her head against a wall or furniture.
Not Eating or Drinking
When some cats are feeling ill they may not wish to eat, but also be watchful if your cat suddenly seems to be eating as if he or she is starving. Some diseases will cause your feline friend to want to eat everything in sight. If your cat is not drinking water like he or she normally does, you should consider taking him or her to the vet for a check-up.
Vomiting or Regurgitation
If your cat is vomiting after he or she eats, you should keep a watchful on him. Vomiting or regurgitating food can indicate a blockage, poisoning, or worms. If the vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea and lethargy, use your pet insurance to have him or her checked out by a veterinarian. Most insurance policies offer coverage for accidents and illnesses as well as routine care.
Change in Stools
Constipation in cats isn’t unusual, but you should be watchful if they are frequently straining to defecate and nothing passes because it could indicate a blockage. If your cat has diarrhea, especially watery diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, or diarrhea accompanied by vomiting, then he or she needs to see the vet as soon as possible.
Almost every cat coughs up hairballs but if your cat continues to cough for more than a day, you need to make an appointment for him or her. If he or she is coughing, his or her gums have a bluish hue, and he or she is having trouble breathing, he or she needs to see a vet right away. Coughing can be a symptom of asthma, heart or lung disease, or a contagious illness.
By being observant, you should be able to tell when your cat is not feeling well. Watch how he or she acts, eats, drinks, and uses the litterbox for signs that he or she needs to see the veterinarian.