Signs of a sick cat

First, changes in regular habits can be a sign of illness. Especially look for litter box habits. If a cat is going to the box several times an hour, or straining to use it, you need to go to the vet immediately. If a litter box trained cat goes to the bathroom somewhere other than the box, you may have a problem. Also, look for changes in eating or drinking habits.

The more subtle behavioral clue is hiding. A sick cat will often seek out a dark, quiet place. This makes it difficult to realize that the kitty is ill. If your cat doesn’t socialize as usual, you might want to go looking for it. Also, if it is slow or unresponsive to meal time cues, you might want to make sure it’s okay.

Lastly, any symptoms you would notice in a person like runny eyes or nose, throwing up, changes in weight, losing hair, coughing, etc. If you see these symptoms, you might want to check with your vet that all is okay.

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