Unfortunately, cats are well known for beings ones to hide their illnesses for as long as possible. Many time owners do not notice how bad their sick cat is until it’s serious. While there’s no substitute for the expertise of your veterinarian, you can keep tabs yourself on your cat’s health by looking at some of the most common areas that cause concern for a sick cat.
Food and Water
Make sure to keep tabs on how much your cat is eating each day. Do they seem uninterested in the food and refuse to eat any of it? Or do they act interested but sniff at is and walk away or only take a few bites? A cat that is not eating well may is also likely to not be drinking enough. The major concern here is dehydration. Likewise, if your cat begins drinking more water than normal that is also not a good sign and should be checked out. Keep an eye on what comes out of your cat as well as your vet is likely to ask you about how your cat’s waste looks in regards to what they are eating and drinking.
Coat and Skin
Cats are diligent for the most part about personal hygiene, so is your feline friend is not taking care of himself and keeping his coat clean then that should be a big signal to you that something is off. A lack of energy or concern for how they look signals something is wrong and chances are you are dealing with a sick cat. On the other hand, grooming nonstop can also be a sign that something is not right. Excessive grooming can be caused by irritants such as insect bites and allergies. If you notice a lack of grooming or excessive grooming from your cat or you see skin and coat issues such as thinning or bald spots, talk to your vet about what can be done to get your feline friend feeling good again.
Coughs and Colds
Cats will sneeze and sometimes cough as a normal reaction to irritants in the air. After playing with old toys or using the litter box irritants might cause your cat to let out a few sneezes or a cough or two. If this happens now and then, it’s probably nothing that you should be overly worried about. Coughing up hairballs is a natural part of being a cat and coughing or hairballs on their own are not a reason for concern. Recurring or constant bouts of sneezing or coughing, however, are generally a warning sign that something is wrong. Sneezing accompanied by a “runny nose” is a sure sign of illness, as is any swelling, discoloration, or watering of the cat’s eyes.
This is by no means a complete list of symptoms or areas to watch out for, but it is a start and points out some of the most common and most easily observed signs that you may have a sick cat on your hands.