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Cats can’t talk and as a responsible cat owner, you must know the signs you should take your cat to the vet. Aside from obvious reasons like limping or presence of blood in stool, you must take note of these following signs!
Vomiting can be an indication of a potentially serious condition in cats, especially if the vomiting is prolonged over several days. Vomiting is a symptom of most deadly diseases so it’s very important to take your cat to the vet if the vomiting persists for more than 24 hours.
When your cat starts to isolate himself or become aggressive, there is a possibility that he is feeling sick. On the other hand, a usually lazy cat may become active and start pacing to cope with pain or headache. If you see any unusual behavior in your cat, it’s best to take him or her to the vet.
Diarrhea or Hard Feces
Diarrhea in cats can be an indication of several issues with their digestive tract. Prolonged diarrhea can also lead to severe dehydration and could lead to death. Diarrhea is also one of the most common symptoms of deadly diseases in both cats and dogs, so it’s highly important to have your cat checked if he has diarrhea for more than 48 hours.
Or if you cat’s poop is hard and nugget-like, he might be experiencing constipation and will need to be seen by a veterinarian fast.
Change in Litter Box Habits
If your cat is peeing or pooping more frequently, there is a chance that he is sick. Check your cat’s litter box to see if there is any blood or mucus in the urine. If your cat has been getting in the litter box more often that he should, or perhaps if your cat has been squatting several times without passing any urine, if will be a great idea to take him to the vet.
Loss of Appetite
While cats are often finicky, loss of appetite can be very dangerous for them. There are different reasons why a cat loses his appetite. The cause may be viral, bacterial, a simple tummy upset, pickiness, or other more serious reasons. If your cat refuses to eat or drink for more than 24 hours, taking him to the vet is a good idea to determine what’s causing his lack of appetite.
A green discharge – whether from the eyes, nose, or genitals – could mean your cat’s body is fighting an infection. In cats, frequent causes of eye discharge include: upper respiratory infection, feline calicivirus, pneumonitis or rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus), bacteria, and protozoa.
In cats, lethargy or weakness can be a sign of serious health condition. Your cat may become lethargic as a reaction to pain. Often, weakness and lethargy can indicate anything from a chronic condition to a life-threatening disease so it’s best to take your cat the vet as soon as possible when you notice this symptom.