6 Signs Your Kitty Doesn’t Feel Good
You cherish your kitty but, lately, she doesn’t seem to be acting normal. She could be sick but you may not see it because her symptoms aren’t as noticeable as a dog’s. Making an appointment for her with your vet is a good idea to rule out serious issues; in the meantime, check out these six signs of illness.
Changes in Behavior
Is your fur baby, who usually follows you everywhere clamoring for attention, now hiding all the time? Believe it or not, this behavioral change is a symptom of pain or sickness. But be careful, if your kitty’s in pain—and you accidentally touch her sore spot—she might lash out at you. Furthermore, if your normally lazy tabby suddenly begins to dart around the house this could be caused by an overactive thyroid.
You might be surprised to learn that if she’s normally vocal and suddenly goes quiet or vice versa it could also indicate trouble.
Different Drinking or Eating Habits
It’s interesting to note that cats don’t need to drink much water thanks to the efficiency of their kidneys. But what if she’s drinking a lot of water? This could be a sign of kidney disease, diabetes or other problems. Yet, if the litter box is almost bare, your pal may be in trouble with an infection of some kind or something bigger.
Similarly, a decreased appetite is an obvious hazard and may just be due to dental problems. However, did you know that for some pussy cats they could be in a life-threatening condition in just 2 days? But if she’s craving more food than her usual amount this should be something to mention to your veterinarian too.
Likewise, be aware if your fur baby gains or losses weight suddenly as this could be a sign of a thyroid disease or something else.
Different odors coming from your princess’s mouth mean different things. Ammonia-smelling breath could be kidney disease; fruity or a sweet odor might be diabetes. However, if it’s just bad breath it’s a sign of decaying teeth and gum disease and this can be prevented by brushing her teeth once a week.
No matter what your furry friend’s age, it’s abnormal for her coat to be greasy and dingy; although if she’s a senior she might not be able to groom as well as she once did as a spry, young cat due to arthritis. A dirty coat will eventually cause skin problems and being ungroomed might be due to allergies, hyperthyroidism or other issues. But maybe she’s got bald patches in her fur; in that case, she’s over-grooming. This may be triggered by stress, skin problems or pain. Cats will attempt to get relief by licking themselves raw in the spot that hurts—like her stomach for a painful UTI.
Altered Bathroom Habits
Has your kitty begun to poop or urinate outside her litter box? If so, you should speak with your veterinarian to make sure it’s not caused by a urinary or bladder issue; if your kitty is medically fine, then it’s a behavioral problem which your veterinarian will also help with. Also pay attention to the color, volume, frequency and smell of her poop and pee and mention any changes—no matter how slight—to your veterinarian.
Changes in Sleep
If you’ve seen your tabby sleeping in one position she could be in pain. For example, she may be suffering from an arthritic hip if she sleeps only on one side. Furthermore, there might be a root cause if she’s prowling the house at night when she usually sleeps or if she’s usually active during the day but is now sleeping most of it away.
Felines are elusive animals; little alterations in their behavior are important. Your fur baby needs the same amount of care and attention as a child. So observe her actions and behavior. If you simply think there’s something wrong with her, follow your intuition and get her an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. She’ll thank you for it—really, she will!
If you think your adored kitty is ill, please contact us today for an appointment.