As your cat ages, they will inevitably develop some cat health issues. And understanding the signs that something may be wrong can be made easier by knowing your cat’s personality and his habits. Any change in them can signal a health issue that may need the attention of a vet.
Obviously, if you are concerned about your cat, you should see your veterinarian promptly. By the time your cat actually shows a sign of illness, if could be fairly far along so we should educate ourselves as much as we can as we can’t rely on vet visits totally due to the timing and the cost of each event.
Here are a few things to watch for:
A sick cat will usually not eat or drink as much or not at all. If your cat is losing weight or isn’t eating like normal, it can be the sign of a an illness, infection or other health problem. Weight loss alone can be a serious health issue, even in the absence of any other issues. If your cat isn’t eating as much but isn’t losing weight, it could just be a sign that he’s found better food elsewhere or may have a mouse or two hidden away somewhere.
When a cat doesn’t feel good, he’ll have a tendency to become less active. As with humans, rest helps conserve energy so the body can more effectively fight a health issue. In addition to lethargy, your cat may also be reluctant to jump on or off furniture or your lap.
Cats ordinarily keep their coat pristine. If the coat looks unkempt, has bald patches, lacks luster or your cat isn’t grooming himself regularly, it can be a sign of illness.
The only true way to take your cat’s temperature is rectally. It should be between 100.4 and 102.5 degrees. Unless you like to be scratched, you should always take your cat’s temperature with the assistance of another person. If your cat’s temperature is outside this range, you should call your vet immediately.
It’s a good idea to check on your cat’s feces now and then. Diarrhea is a sign that something is wrong, as is smelly urine or hard stool. Knowing what’s normal and what’s not will help you assess your cat’s health regularly.
There are other cat illness symptoms, including itching, coughing, sneezing, anemia and physical changes to your cat’s appearance. The main thing to remember is that if your cat just doesn’t seem like his old self, he may not being feeling well. If your cat is still eating and drinking, you can wait a day or two to see if your cat starts feeling better. We all get sick now and them. If he doesn’t, it’s time to make a visit to the vet to see if something more serious is at hand.