Wednesday, September 28, 2011
No one wants to see their cat get sick, but if your cat is showing signs of being sick, it’s important to get him or her to a veterinarian right away. Look for these symptoms to find out if your cat is sick or injured.
Pets are prone to bouts of diarrhea or vomiting just like we are. Although this may not be a sign of something serious, ongoing diarrhea or vomiting might be. Cats may vomit for a variety of reasons, and it's not always a sign that something is wrong. Since cats groom themselves, and hairballs don't always pass on their own, this may be one cause of your cat's vomit. Special food or oral supplements can be given to your cat to ease the passage of hairballs. If you’re worried about your pet, call your veterinarian.
Checking your cat's eyes and ears is one of the easiest ways to tell something is wrong with him. Look for cloudiness in his eyes, constant tearing or a yellow discharge. If your cat seems unable to see where he's going, there may be a problem with his eyes.
Excessive scratching may be a sign of fleas. It could even mean your cat has a rash or a cut that has been infected.
Irregular breathing may be anything like coughing, sneezing, wheezing or panting. These all can be signs of various ailments, such as being overheated or overworked. It could also mean your cat has a cold.
If your cat is usually very active but suddenly does not want to move, there may be a serious problem. Check for cuts, bites or broken limbs. If you can’t see anything, your veterinarian may have to run tests and take X-rays.
Other mobility issues might include falling over, staggering or simply not being able to keep balance well. This includes not moving one or more limbs, such as dragging them or avoiding putting pressure on them.
Most cats use the litter box. It might not be pleasant, but you should investigate your cat’s litter box if he has seemed under the weather. Look for blood in feces, little to no urine or discolored, dark urine.
Although it’s uncomfortable to think about your pet becoming sick, being informed of the signs and symptoms will greatly increase your pet’s chances of getting treatment and getting better.