Pet’s can’t always tell us where it hurts or that they feel bad. Cat’s can be even more difficult to understand.So we must be our cat’s health advocates. As advocates there are some signs that we can pick up from our felines that may certainly indicate Cat Sickness. If you feel your cat may be sick, contact your local veterinary clinic.
Because cats are creatures of habit, changes in their behavior are often clues that something is amiss. Once you know what to look for, it becomes easier to determine that your cat is under the weather.
1. Cat Sickness Signs to Watch For
While variety is said to be the spice of life, certain changes in your cat’s behavior may be a sign that he is under the weather. Sudden decreases in your cat’s energy level, appetite, or weight often serve as a signal that your cat isn’t feeling well.
Here are a few other developments that should put you on alert:
- Diarrhea or bloody stools
- Bloody urine or accidents outside the litterbox
- Increased drinking and/or urination
- Sneezing or nasal discharge
- Runny eyes or holding one eyelid shut
- Difficulty breathing
- Limping or inability to use hind legs
- Unusual lumps, bumps, or swellings
- Bad breath or excessive drooling
- Hiding or yowling
If you see string, yarn or dental floss hanging out of your cat’s mouth or anus. (Don’t pull it out, call your vet.)
If your cat tries to urinate, but no urine appears, contact your vet immediately. Male cats can sometimes develop urinary tract blockages. Not only is this super painful for the cat, but it’s a medical emergency as well.
2. Take Your Cat’s Temperature
If you’re concerned that your cat may have a fever, you can take his temperature with a thermometer in the rectum. The normal range for a healthy cat’s temperature is 100.5°F to 102.5°F. If your cat’s temperature falls above or below this range, contact your veterinarian.