Being able to spot Signs Of Illness In Cats is important, as it means that you can then seek veterinary help without delay, and this will hopefully speed the cat’s recovery. One of the most obvious signs is often a loss of appetite, but this will give no indication of the severity of your pet’s condition. As a result, it is a good idea to contact your vet, particularly if there are other symptoms, so that the cat can be examined thoroughly at an early stage.
Changes in your cat’s behaviour and appearance can both be indicative of illness. The appearance of the third eyelid in the corners of your cat’s eyes can sometimes be a sign of illness.
Unfortunately, cats cannot tell us when they feel ill, so you need to be aware of possible signs that could indicate veterinary treatment is needed. Some are more obvious than others, with injuries resulting from accidents being among the most readily apparent. External bleeding, collapse and laboured breathing will be clear, even to people who do not know your cat well, compared with more subtle behavioural changes that you may pick up in other cases.
As a general rule, clear-cut signs of this type linked to a possible accident or poisoning are serious, even to the extent of requiring emergency first aid before it is possible to seek veterinary help. Yet it may only be when you try to pick your cat up that you discover it is in pain. This is further evidence that urgent veterinary assistance is required.
Cats in general, and particularly breeds of Asiatic origin such as the Siamese, often suffer from respiratory illnesses, so beware of any repeated sneezing or coughing. Unfortunately, you may miss other signs of illness if your cat wanders outdoors. It may be suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, or could be afflicted by a urinary tract disorder. If you are worried, keep your pet indoors and provide a litter tray, to check all is well. On the other hand, some signs are impossible to miss, such as the repeated scratching and nibbling at the skin which indicates the presence of fleas. You yourself may even be bitten by these parasites!
- By examining your cat, your vet will be able to judge whether the signs you have observed are serious.
- It’s often said that a dry nose is a sign, of illness, but this is not necessarily true if your cat has been sleeping in a warm spot.
- Cats normally have very elastic skin which moves easily –this is not indicative of illness and weight loss.
- It helps to make a note of signs of illness and when they appeared; then you can relay this information to your vet.
Does the appearance of the third eyelid indicate that a cat is ill? This often appears at the side of each eye nearest the nose, but is not seen in every case of illness, particularly at the start. What happens is that the eyeball rests in the socket on a pad of fat, and if this begins to be broken down because the cat is not eating, then the eye sinks fractionally back into the head. This in turn allows the emergence of the `haws’, indicating a loss of condition rather than a specific illness.
What behavioural changes would suggest that my cat is ill? Cats are normally lively and responsive, so be concerned if your pet loses interest in its surroundings, or appears lethargic. Beware also if the cat stops grooming itself and has little interest in food, or drinks much more than usual.