Has your cat just not been acting like themselves lately? Worrying about what’s wrong with your favourite feline can cause a lot of stress. As their owner, the last thing you’d want is for them to be suffering when you could help. Cats are experts at hiding what’s wrong with them, often as a defence mechanism to protect against other predators. Their instinct is to self-protect, even if there are no other animals in the home.
Your cat can’t tell you what’s wrong, but Don Valley Animal Hospital can give you an idea! Here are some signs to look out for to detect if your cat is feeling ill:
Vomiting is the most common indicator of a sick cat. The myth that it is common for cats to vomit frequently is simply untrue. Although vomiting can be the cause of something as simple as a hairball or eating too quickly, it could be the result of illness instead. Vomiting can be related to problems with digestion or organs, allergies, infections from a virus or bacteria/parasites. There is even the possibility of a cat ingesting something poisonous, such as antifreeze, toxic home cleaners or expired cat food.
Lethargy refers to a lack of energy, inactivity or severe unresponsiveness. Pain and/or fever can also be attributed to this condition. A cat, who is normally active and responsive that is now hiding away may be doing so to protect themselves. Lethargy can cause the cat to isolate itself and even refuse to eat or drink. There are many health conditions that can lead to lethargy in cats, from arthritis, to obesity, heartworm and more.
Gastrointestinal problems can lead to a cat having diarrhea. It can be the result of an infection or a simple food allergy, but it’s important to keep an eye on. Loose, liquid diarrhea or diarrhea covered in mucous is a sign that the animal may be sick. Diarrhea that lasts more than a day or two is cause for concern and a sign that it is time to see a vet.
Increased urination may be an indication that your cat has a urinary tract disorder. This health condition affects the bladder and urethra of the cat and causes pain while urinating or even blood in the urine. A cat with a urinary tract disease may lick themselves more frequently or urinate on cooler services. This condition is commonly seen in cats that are middle-aged or overweight.
The safest choice for your cat is to take it to our veterinary clinic in North York. Don Valley Animal Hospital has been serving the Don Mills community for over 35 years. Our highly-qualified, passionate staff of professional animal lovers ensure the best care for your pet. We offer a variety of services to help treat pets suffering from various health conditions. Make an appointment with us today to get started.