Glowing Health and Your Feline
A healthy cat makes for a happy owner. It can sometimes be difficult to identify whether or not your cat is healthy or under the weather, however. Cats can’t just walk up to people and tell them that they don’t feel good. They can’t tell them that their stomachs hurt and that they just don’t have appetites. That’s the reason it’s 100 percent up to pet owners to always be on the lookout for indications of potential health problems. If your cat is sick, these clues can give you a little insight.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
Diarrhea and vomiting both can signify illness in cats. If your cat throws up, pay attention to the contents. If you notice any blood, that can point to a big problem. Focus on other behaviors your cat exhibits as well. If your cat vomits numerous times in the span of a single day, has no interest in his or her meals and behaves in an oddly sluggish and tired manner, you should seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. It’s critical to never dismiss diarrhea or any stool changes in cats. Diarrhea often is a sign of parasitic infections such as giardia, whipworms and hookworms. It’s frequently a sign of gastrointestinal disease as well.
Changes in Looks
Look closely at your cat. Does he or she look scruffier than normal? If so, that may signify a health problem. Cats frequently neglect their grooming duties when they feel less than A+. Excessive shedding can also denote sickness. It can sometimes indicate that a feline has a glandular condition that’s known as hyperthyroidism.
Don’t laugh if your cat’s awful breath practically knocks you out. Unpleasant breath may be a sign of kidney trouble in your pet. It can also sometimes be a sign of severe oral disease. Focus on cat breath that’s oddly sweet or reminiscent of fruit, too. That kind of breath can denote diabetes.
A healthy appetite is a good thing in the cat world. If your cat seemingly out of nowhere stops drinking water and eating his or her meals, something probably isn’t right. Reduced appetites can often mean that a cat is suffering from cancer, kidney woes or dental troubles. If your cat acts like he couldn’t care less about meals and treats, then you should schedule an appointment with the veterinarian without delay.