Detecting Illness in Cats
Unfortunately, cats can't tell us where or when it hurts. Some symptoms and behaviors are obvious: diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, runny nose or eyes, and trouble using the litter box. There are other, more subtle, physical and behavioral indications that a visit to the vet might be in order.
Take note if your cat does any of the following:
- Misses more than one meal
- Shows a sudden change in eating habits
- Stops using the litter box
- Has a distant, depressed look in his or her eyes
- Develops puffiness or a lump under the skin
- Hides for more than a day
- Becomes suddenly short-tempered or intolerant of attention
- Shakes his or her head frequently
- Changes his or her routine or loses interest in his or her favorite games
- Stops grooming
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