Cats are experts at hiding illness. In the wild, this instinct can protect them from predators or other cats that might be a threat. Today’s house cat has the same tendency to avoid vulnerability, even if the only potential threat is a housemate. Even cats in single-pet homes tend to have the instinct to self-protect. There is another reason why cats and many other animals are less likely to show pain or illness; They simply do not have an emotional relationship with their discomfort. Animals tend to accept the pain or illness as the new normal and move on. It may not be until they are extremely ill that their sickness becomes obvious to humans.
They’re not able to vocalize what’s wrong with them, and we often don’t know. Many owners underestimate the importance of routine veterinary care for cats. They may wait several years to bring their cats to the vet for check-ups. Worse, they sometimes wait until their cat is sick. Annual veterinary exams are essential for cats. Senior cats can benefit from biannual check-ups and routine lab work. These visits give the vet an opportunity to examine your cat when he appears healthy. The vet may find minor abnormalities on the exam that indicate a minor problem before your cat gets really sick.
Here are 10 important signs that tells you that your cat might be very sick.
When your cat behaves differently, it indicates something is not right with your cat and it is going through behavioral changes. We can’t tell you exactly how your cat’s behavior might change, only that you will notice a significant change in his or her behavior in comparison to what he or she is usually like. If you know your cat well, you will recognize this change in behavior immediately.
Lethargy is a sign of a problem, even if it’s subtle. Your cat all wants to do is lie down and rest. If your cat is suddenly not moving very much, it indicates illness. Contact your vet if your cat seems to be lying around a lot, sleeping more than usual, or just generally has a low energy level.
Inability to Eat
Cats love to eat, and they will do it every day. If your cat skips the occasional meal but otherwise eats normally, then you should watch closely for trends. If your cat stops eating entirely or is only eating tiny amounts, you need to get your veterinarian involved. Even if you are suddenly serving something new and that cat might not love it so much, it’s not a good sign.
Inability to Drink Water
Your cat might not eat or drink when sick, but it’s the drinking that’s a problem. Your cat is prone to dehydration, and the last thing you want to happen to your cat is he or she losing too many fluids. This could cause even more health issues. If your cat is not drinking, and he or she is vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, it’s an indicator that there is something wrong. It’s also very uncomfortable for your cat. In this case, get that cat to the vet to diagnose him and get some fluids in his body.
Inability to Move
Illness comes in many forms, and some of those forms include the inability to move. Perhaps your cat is suddenly unable to move his or her legs or body because of an illness such as arthritis you don’t know exists yet. If you realize that your cat is unable to jump or move as he usually does, it’s time to get your feline friend checked out by the vet to diagnose them.
Inability to Use the Litter Box
When a cat stops using the litter box, it’s not a good sign. If you have neglected to keep the litter box clean, the cat might simply choose not to use it because it’s not to his standards. Cats are like that. However, if the box is clean and there is no telling reason, it could indicate that your cat is unable to control his or her bladder or bowels due to illness.
Bad breath is a sign of dental problems. It could indicate oral health issues, and oral health issues can lead to other health issues. Additionally, there are a few serious illnesses and diseases that change the smell of a cat’s breath. You should have to get the cat checked out immediately as some of the diseases and illnesses that bad breath might represent are very dangerous.
Absence of Grooming
As we know that cats are very particular about their appearance, and they like to groom. If your cat stops grooming, there could be a problem. Get your cat to the vet to find out what it is before it is too late. There is no reason other than illness a cat might suddenly lose his desire to be clean and well groomed.
If your cat wants nothing more than to be on your lap or in your arms at all times, he or she is not feeling well. If you suspect that your cat is too clingy, it might be time to get him or her to the vet to find out what type of illness is causing this particular behavior.
Sudden Change in Vocalization
Some cats are loud, and some are very quiet. If your cat is suddenly very loud when he is usually a quiet cat or vice versa, you might be worried. Increased vocalization may mean your cat is sick, in pain, stressed, or just bored. It’s important to rule out a health issue first before you explore the behavioral side of this issue. Call the vet and ask to make an appointment to have him checked out.