7 Signs Your Cat Is Sick: The Symptoms You Need to Look After

When you own a furry feline, you’ve got a friend for life! And what’s great about owning a cat is how laid-back and relaxed they are. But the problem is that they can end up being too calm that you might not know they’re already sick! Besides the regular checkups, you’ll also need to look out for the signs yourself. It’s time to start paying extra attention to the way your cat acts and feels when around you.
It’s tricky to tell your cat feels off; I show you the seven signs your cat is sick and how you can deal with it.

Even if your cat doesn’t look like it, these are the telltale signs your cat is sick:

Change in Attitude

Usually, your cat would feel in pain without showing it. But he has different actions from before, such as:

  • Hiding
  • In a hunched position and sitting very still
  • Uninterested in anything and neglecting to groom himself
  • Over-grooming or licking one spot more often
  • Excessive and unusual meows or other sounds
  • Restlessness or feeling anger towards surroundings

If you see that your furry friend begins to sit still even when he used to play a lot, or that your relaxed cat moves more so than usual, then he might be feeling uncomfortable with something in his body.

Change of Appetite

Classic Tabby Scottish Fold

If you noticed that your cat isn’t eating as much as he used to, then he might have lost interest in his food, focusing more on the pain he feels. Other times, he might feel too nauseous to eat (without showing it!). Weight loss from this is another sign that your cat is sick.

Another thing to notice would be if your cat suddenly starts eating more. This symptom may mean a problem with your cat’s thyroid glands. Excessive thirst might also mean something dangerous, such as a kidney disease, diabetes, or infections.

Bad Breath

Sure, cats don’t have the minty fresh breath. Usually, they have cat food breath that’s acceptable. But if you’re with your cat and suddenly smell something very fishy and off when he meows, then that may mean there’s something wrong.

Constant Yearn for Attention
If your cat begins asking for even more attention than he has before, he might be trying to tell you that he’s sick. Just like hiding, it may be him showing he’s in pain and needs help.

Change of Toilet Habits

Classic Tabby Scottish Fold

If your cat regularly goes to the litter box or consistently stays around it, he might be suffering from a medical problem. And if you notice a change in bowel movements, such as always urinating or pooping, then you’ll need to have him checked for any stomach problems. ESPECIALLY if it’s diarrhea!

Change of Sleeping Habits
Just like humans, cats in pain or feeling sick would have a hard time resting up. So if your cat, who usually sleeps or has a regular sleeping pattern, starts to stay up incessantly meowing or staying still the whole night, then it’s time to check him for medical problems.

Or if your usually active cat begins to sleep more (even during mealtimes!), then that means he’s trying to relieve the pain by resting.

Mouth Breathing
It might seem amusing if your cat breathes through his mouth like a dog, but it isn’t normal at all. It may mean that he has a heart or respiratory problem. Once you notice your cat panting through his mouth, then take him to the vet immediately.

An exception to this sign would be if he were running around or feeling very stressed (such as being in the vet’s office or other unfamiliar surroundings).

Tips On Caring for Your Cat

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If you spot any of these symptoms on your cat, then it’s time to take action. Here are the tips to follow to care for your sick cat:

– Take him to the vet. If your cat suffers from any symptom despite the relaxed look, then it’s best to bring him to a medical professional and have him checked before anything else. The vet will know what to prescribe or what you should do to keep your cat healthy.

If your cat suffers from diarrhea but seems fine or appears to have difficulty eating or digesting his food, then what he consumes may be the culprit. Have him drink more water and check what he eats. If you can change your cat’s food to something healthier (wet food is better for younger or senior cats), then better.

Again, you can ask your vet for food recommendations if your cat’s stomach seems to reject the food, even if he likes it.

– Not only should you give him medicine (only as prescribed by the vet) and feed him well, but make sure to give him the care and attention he needs. Bring familiar and loved toys to him and have your cat stay as comfortable as possible, may it be in the hospital or if you’re treating him at home.

In Conclusion
There will be times you get surprised to know that your cat is feeling sick. Why? Because of how relaxed he seems to be. That’s why you need to be informed about the signs and ways to tell if your cat doesn’t feel good. That way, you won’t only find out when it’s too late, and your cat ends up feeling worse.

I hope that this article on the seven signs your cat is sick informs you about the things you’ll need to watch out for when caring for your cat. So what are you waiting for? If you spot your cat suffering from any of these symptoms, then know how to treat him and bring him to the vet immediately. You’ll be preventing more consequences for both you and your cat that way.

Do you have any questions or tips when caring for a sick cat? Then comment down below. All your comments are greatly appreciated.

Author Bio:
Annie is the founder of MeowKai, where she and her associates write about cat behavior, health issues, and tips and tricks on how to get your cat to behave! It concentrates on creating the best life for you and your cat so you can enjoy each other’s company and build that trust that is so important between pet and human.

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Making Trips to the Vet Easier [Infographic]

Your dog might understandably be quite apprehensive about going to the vet and the whole experience is often very stressful for them. It’s a trip that they will almost certainly need to make at some point, though, so find out what you can do to try and ease your dog’s worries about visiting the vet.

This infographic from Greyhounds as Pets contains some very useful tips and pointers on making the trip to the vet less stressful and worrying for your dog – and, indeed, for you.

Making trips to the vet easier

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How to Teach Your Dog to Love His Crate in Easy to Follow Steps

Imagine your dog running amuck while you celebrate your anniversary or in the middle of an important phone call with your boss. That can seriously jeopardize your plans to surprise your loved ones or hand you your resignation papers the next day.

One way to avoid that is by keeping your four-legged friend inside a crate. Of course, he would have to love the environment inside to stay in. And YOU have to teach him to love his own crate in the room. Wondering how? Well, I am here to tell dog owners the steps in this article titled, “How to Teach Your Dog to Love His Crate.”

First Thing’s First – Choose the Right Size of Crate
Make sure the crate is comfy and big enough for your canine friend. The dog should be able to move around and stretch his legs inside. I’d advise you to arrange a comfortable bed inside. If you have a puppy, they chew the bed a lot. That is why you should arrange one that is chew proof. But don’t leave the fun out. You can always put some toys and rugs inside that your puppy can chew on. That way, he’s happy, and you are happy too.

Put the Crate Somewhere Close to You
Now when we say “Crate,” everyone pictures isolation and a room where your dog is all by himself inside the crate. Sure, once he begins to familiarize with the crate, you can put it anywhere. But for starters, keep the crate near you.

By near I mean where you watch TV or near the sofa set of yours. You can also put the crate near your bed just to reassure your dog that everything is fine. Don’t put him in isolation right away.

Put Some Treat Inside to Get Dog’s Attention
Just to get your dog’s attention to the crate, put some food inside and close the gate. Before long, he’ll notice the smell and then will try to move in. But don’t let him move in just yet. Close the door and make him wait. Sure, he’ll walk around anxiously but let him be that much excited first.
After about 10 minutes, open the cage and let him in. He’ll be enjoying his treat and stay inside the crate. You can certainly put some cheese on the crate’s walls. Toys stuffed with food will also do the job.

The Trick is to make the crate your pet’s second home. DON’T make it a place for confinement for him. He should find it comfortable (as I said earlier) and should think of this thing as his home inside a home.

Start Slowly and Increase the Time
Many of us make the mistake of closing the door of soft crates for dogs or wooden dog crates and then move away from the spot. Please, don’t do that right away! You should begin by closing the door for five to ten minutes.

Gradually increase the time to half an hour and then longer. Remember, the crate should be a resting place for the canine. Not a place of “Permanent Solitude.”

Also, your dog should rest in his place and not permanently stay inside. People should still take their dogs to exercise, playing, and spending quality time with themselves. This plays a vital role. The exercise makes your dog tired. And thus, he’ll be resting comfortably in the crate while you go about your business.

Few Tips that You Need to know

  • Firstly, a crate is not a prison. Don’t make it into one!
  • Each breed or age group of a dog has different resting timetables. Get to know them and close the crate’s door accordingly.
  • When you are making your pet used to his crate, make sure he earns the treat you give him by spending enough time inside.
  • Train your dog regularly. Make sure he gets the play time and exercises he needs.
  • Don’t keep your puppy inside for more than 60 minutes. In the case of adults, don’t keep them inside the crate for more than six hours at a time.
  • While inside the crate, your dog will whine and bark. Pay attention to them and respond accordingly. He shouldn’t feel that he’s left out.

Before I Leave You
Hey! I get it. No one likes putting their closest friend in a small confined space. I don’t like it either. But sometimes you must do it for the sake of the environment and place you are in. Also, when you are out for long period of time, you don’t want your pet to cause disturbances to your neighbors by barking and whining loudly. The best way to deal with it is by teaching your pet friend the ins and outs of a crate. I hope my article did help you in this regard.

Author Bio: John Howes is the founder of Petcareup. 29-year-old, entrepreneur, Pet lover and passionate blogger. He loves to write about pet and helps pet owners to choose the best products for their pet.

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