10 Signs Your Cat Needs a Vet Visit
Knowing when your cat is sick can be tricky.
But what can you expect from your regal couch potato who slumbers by day and pounces by night? You can hardly tell if all that extra sleep is a sign of something serious or is just Princess being…Princess.
And that sudden weight loss…it’s hard to know if something is wrong or if Ferdinand has issued a royal decree: he will not eat the food he’s loved for years.
Because you’re an everyday owner of an everyday pet (your cat may not agree with that last part), you’re looking for some quick answers.
We know it’s not a pleasant subject to talk about, but the sooner you can determine that Fluffy needs a vet visit, the sooner you can do something about the symptoms you’re observing. Here are 10 signs your beloved feline may need a checkup:
#1 Excessive Scratching of Fur
Cats scratch. And usually, it’s nothing to get worried about.
But if your cat is scratching and scratching…and scratching his or her coat, he or she may be dealing with something different. If your cat is on flea and tick medicine, the persistent scratching may be due to mange.
#2 Lumps or Tumors
If your cat has a lump or tumor that won’t disappear, it may be time for a vet visit. Your kitty could be suffering from an infection or even a cancerous growth.
On the brighter side, the tumor may simply be a fatty deposit. Either way, a trip to the vet will settle the issue so you don’t have to stay in limbo about your course of action.
#3 Litter Box Issues
While it may seem like your cat is just enjoying giving you extra trouble, if he or she has altered normal litter box behaviors, trouble may be afoot.
According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, litter box troubles could be a sign of the following health conditions:
- Inflammation of the urinary tract
- Kidney diseases
- Thyroid diseases
In addition to these medical issues, your cat’s litter box behavior may be linked to stress.
#4 Sudden Weight Loss
If your kitty suddenly drops weight, there can be a few reasons for it. She may…
- Suddenly hate dry food and begin to prefer canned.
- Think the weather isn’t acceptable for strenuous mouse-hunting.
On a more serious note, your kitty may have some underlying medical issues, such as cancer. If a diet change doesn’t induce your cat to eat a little more, it may be time to get your feline a needed wellness check.
While your cat may get an upset stomach every once in a while, persistent diarrhea is something to keep a close eye on. The Merck Vet Manual would warn you that diarrhea can signal the presences of worms.
You’ll need to see if your cat’s tummy troubles are consistently occurring. When cleaning the litter box, check the shape of your cat’s stool to see if the deposits indicate diarrhea. And, if possible, immediately check the litter box after your cat defecates to get some definite answers.
#6 Excessive Sleeping
NHow this is a tricky one. What else do cats do but sleep (except when you’re trying to sleep)?
However, if your cat is enjoying more than his usual number of cat naps, start taking a closer observation. Excessive sleeping can be accompanied by other symptoms indicating a medical problem.
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine states that feline vomiting could be a sign of any of the following problems:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Don’t discount your pet’s digestive issues as the effects of your cat’s preference for grass. You may want the opinion of your vet if these symptoms are frequent.
#8 Decreased Activity
If your rambunctious kitten seems to be full of energy but is reluctant to actually jump and play, take careful notice of how she or he walks.
This is especially true if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors. Your feline may have a foreign object stuck in his or her paw that needs the medical attention you can’t give.
#9 Persistent Wounds
Every cat is bound to get into a scrape now or then. Whether he had a recent duel with the neighbor’s cat or he had to pay the consequences of tree climbing, your feline may get some cuts every now and then.
However, if those cuts just won’t heal, you may have a problem on your hands. According to the ASPCA, lingering wounds can indicate that your cat is infected with FIV. So be sure you take note of how long Fluffy has had that wound.
#10 Weight Gain
Let’s end this long list of medical mishaps with something fun! After all, a vet visit doesn’t always signal trouble.
If your (unspayed) female feline suddenly experiences a gain in weight, you may have a good medical symptom on your hands—kittens! If you think this is a possibility, it’s time to schedule that visit to the vet!
If your feline suddenly experiences a gain in weight, you may have a good medical symptom on your hands—kittens! If you think this is a possibility, it’s time to schedule that visit to the vet!
Don’t just respond to your kitty’s medical problems. Be proactive about your cat’s health by feeding him or her Life’s Abundance nutritional cat food!