When it comes to your cat’s health, it is overly up to you to know everything that may go wrong with your lovely pet. You know it more than anybody else, and with a little bit of keeping your eyes opened to all possible changes in your cat’s behavior and conduct, you can easily tell if it’s OK or rather need a vet examination. It’s true that pets do not communicate their concerns the way we humans do. Still, they have their own ways of expressing their suffering and protests in which appearance and body language are the most dominant. To help you decide whether your cat is sick, we have inserted 10 most probable symptoms cats display which need a vet intervention.
Changes in behavior
1- Calling back the old instinct of hidingWhen you’re sick or suffering from any health troubles, you let others know about you for the benefits of being looked after by them or simply seeking relief. This matter differs for your cat which behaves in the extreme opposite direction. The cat tends to hide when he feels sick. Why? In fact, that is a survival instinct mechanism inherited from the wild, wherein the struggle of the fittest is the title for the eternal story of staying alive. The weak is ought to leave way to the strong. So no animal wants to look weak and hence vulnerable. When sick, animals prefer to keep behind scene. Though the nowadays habitats among humans bears no threats of the kind of those of the wild, nor you represent anything close to a hungry predator, the instinct of hiding when sick isn’t likely to die out among these pets.
So if your cat is keeping to his hide, it is a probably enough sign of his health problem.
2- Heavy sleep, tiredness, and inactivityAnother sign your cat might be sick is if she sleeps a lot. Sick cats often sleep heavily, and more likely cease playing. So if you noticed that your cat your cat abnormally sleeps much, or reluctant to play and jump on things she usually do in normal situations, then you got better to call for a vet’s help. Change in the cat’s movements and gaits may also be an indication of illness.
3- stop grooming or groom excessivelyIn personal hygiene terms, cats remains the epitome of cleanliness as they well-equipped by all sorts of bio implements to groom themselves. And according to Dr. Cynthia McManis, a vet and and the owner of Just Cats Veterinary Services, adult cats spend around 50% of their waking hours grooming.
Keeping this fact in mind, untidy cat is a probably a sick one.
“Look for dullness of the fur, a buildup of undercoat, dander and even hairballs that, contrary to popular belief, are not normal for cats,” Dr. Jane Brunt said.
On the other hand, if your cat is incessantly and excessively grooming in odd manner, especially when grooming one spot of its body, then this can signify medical condition.
4- Your cat’s appetite: not eating much or eating below normalIf you noticed a sudden change in your cat’s behavior toward food, that may also be a sign of health problem. You know your cat’s behaviors and you are able to decide if something went wrong.
So if your cat refuses food for more than 24 hours, you should rather have her checked by a vet before any potential health problem aggravates and turns into complications.