Cat Illness Symptoms

Cats don't always show obvious signs that they are sick, so cat owners should be aware of signs that their feline friend is sick. Today, our Monroe vets discuss signs that a cat is sick or showing signs of illness and what their owners can do to help.

Sick Cats

Much like people cats can suddenly find themselves feeling sick. Cat illnesses range from common and highly contagious cat colds (upper respiratory infections) to diabetes, feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, worms, allergies, hyperthyroidism, and even cancer.

Of course, the symptoms that your cat shows will depend upon the kind of illness they are suffering from however several symptoms are common to many health issues in cats.

Below, our vets from Monroe Veterinary Clinic share a few signs that can mean it's time to book a vet appointment, as well as more serious symptoms that indicate that your cat needs emergency veterinary care.

Signs That a Cat Is Sick

Cats possess an instinct to hide if they are sick or injured, so it's important to monitor your cat's behavior to watch for anything that seems out of the ordinary for your kitty. Although it may just be a passing bout of indigestion or a cold, it's also possible that your cat has a more serious condition that needs medical attention.

Cats hide pain and illness well, so what looks like a minor issue could be a sign of something more serious. Contact your vet to book an appointment if you notice any of the following symptoms as they are a sign your cat is sick.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Increase/decrease in appetite
  • Changes in Weight
  • Increased urination
  • Breathing issues
  • Runny eyes or nose
  • Excessive shedding
  • Blood in the urine
  • Changes in personality
  • Signs of a Veterinary Emergency 

While the symptoms listed above indicate that it's time to book a veterinary appointment for your cat, the symptoms listed below are much more serious. If your cat shows any of the following symptoms urgent veterinary care is required.

If you are unclear whether your cat's symptoms are indicative of an emergency, you can contact us and we can help you decide.

  • Indications of severe pain (typically loud crying or aggression)
  • Seizure
  • Trauma
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Signs of pain while urinating
  • Discolored gums
  • Bleeding that is moderate to extreme
  • Any exposure to poison
  • Vomiting blood
  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
  • Unable to walk
  • Dizziness
  • Overly high or low temperatures (under 99° or over 104°)

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you concerned that your cat might be sick? Contact our Monroe vets to have your kitty examined, diagnosed, and treated.