Always look out for signs of illness in your cats. Below are some guidelines for what you should check and be cautious about. If you realise that you cat has one or more of the symptoms described in the categories below phone your vet for advice immediately.
General Signs Of Illness
Drinking a lot of water: If you kitten starts drinking more water than she normally does you should be concerned and phone the vet. This is considered one of the most common signs of illnesses such as kidney disease, endocrine dysfunction, diabetes or hyperthyroidism or even liver disease.
Sudden Weight Loss: Sudden weight loss may indicate a health problems in cats. Hyperthyroidism, kidney problems or other internal organ problems may cause sudden weight loss.
Pain When Handled: If you cat is in pain when you lift her or you move her she might be suffering of internal organ diseases and you must speak to your vet even if she seems generally well.
Sleeping A Lot: If you cat is sleeping a lost and lost energy to play like she used to do before she might be suffering from an illness. Consult your vet immediately. Sometimes, such changes in mood might be due to changes in the environment or food.
Limping Or Moves Strangely: If you realise that your cat is unable to walk properly or that she is limping consult your vet. She might have damage a muscle or even she might have a broken bone. Cat’s bones are very sensitive, especially in kittens.
Skin And Fur Signs
Bare Patches: Always check your cat’s coat to ensure that is in good condition. While grooming the cat watch for bare patches or wounds in her coat and consult a vet immediately if you find she has any.
Coal Dust: If when you groom your cat or when you handle her you see any signs of dust in her coat consult your vet as she might be suffering from parasites such as fleas. The best way to prevent Coal dust, is to invest in a high quality cat bed, which will give your cat a comfortable place to sleep.
Persistent Scratching: This is the first sign that your cat is suffering from parasites. Fleas are very common to cats and cat be treated easily. Consult a vet and ask for advice on treatment and prevention of future infections.
Digestive System Signs
Vomiting: If your cat is vomiting a lot she might be suffering from bowel infections or internal organ diseases and you must take her to the vet at instant. A good reason for vomit in cats is eating grass which is absolutely normal. So if you cat vomits grass you should not worry so much as it helps clean her stomach from hair lumps. But is vomiting is persistent then phone your vet for advice.
Diarrhea: Diarrhea is not normal to cats. Cat’s faeces must be brown and well formed. If you notice that your cat suffers from diarrhea consult your vet immediately. The main reasons for diarrhea are fatty diet and infectious causes.
Blood: If you find blood in the litter tray again take your cat to the vet. There might be a possibility that your cat has an infectious disease that need immediate treatment. The sooner you realise the better.
Tapeworms: When a cat has tapeworms these are visible in her faeces or around her bottom. Cats must be regularly wormed for internal parasites. If you have not wormed your cat and you notice signs of tapeworms consult your vet immediately for treatment.
Ears – Mouth – Nose – Eyes
Always check your cat in these 4 places of her body for changes or problems. Below are some guidelines of what you should be looking for.
Eyes: Should be clean with no discharge. The third eyelid should be invisible. Both eyes should be wide open and always the same. One eye smaller than another is not a good sign. If you notice changes in your cats eyes consult your veterinary centre for advice.
Ears: Ears must be free of odour. Always watch for ear wax building up within your cat’s ears. If you cat is extensively shaking her head or scratching it especially around the ears then consult your vet for advice.
Nose: If you cat is extensively sneezing or coughing then take her to your vet. Her nose should be clean of dirt.
Mouth: If you cat’s breath smells bad, if she has obvious deposits on her teeth or if her mouth seems sore and she is unable to eat properly then consult your vet at once.