Sick cats: the 5 most common signs
Even the cat can fall victim to disease: understanding its state is often complicated, here are all the common signs to keep under control.
The house cat is an animal that retains a part of its wild soul, its free nature, which has always made it more independent than the dog. But this characteristic and its apparent autonomy prevents it from showing discomfort and pain. A behaviour that refers to its genetic baggage, to its wild past when appearing healthy and strong was indispensable to survive. For this reason, even today, identifying possible diseases and symptoms is still complex: the owner must learn to pick up the most hidden signals that often modify the routine even in an imperceptible way.
The cat is a habitual animal that loves to sleep and doze in the same place all the time, a routine that changes when it doesn’t feel well. For this reason if Fufi sleeps in more hidden and protected areas, instead of the usual sofa or bed cushion, it could indicate the presence of a malaise. Kittens tend to hide and protect themselves, looking for inaccessible and sheltered corners, so as to suffer in silence.
The use of litter could also conceal problems: assiduous attendance with little urination could indicate the presence of a urinary tract infection. The pain expressed during the act, with suffering meows, is also synonymous with ongoing problems. For this reason it is advisable to contact your vet immediately for a quick consultation.
The occasional rejection of food may indicate nothing, but if the gesture is persistent, it is probably the wake-up call of some problems. If associated with increased thirst, it is likely that the cat is a victim of some kidney disease or diabetes. It’s best not to stall but ask your doctor for support immediately.
A slowed down movement, a lack of desire to jump on the bed, the furniture and the wardrobe, preferring the floor, could suggest the presence of a physical trauma. The cat may have joint problems or have suffered an injury that prevents him from moving as he would like, a debilitating condition for him.
Tiredness, sudden lethargy in addition to the usual timing, a lack of energy and reactivity are not normal even for the laziest cat. Particularly if the feline loves chasing rubber balls and mice or even spending quality time interacting with its fellow cats and the owner. The anomaly is the sudden change in behaviour, which should be noted.
In the face of atypical symptoms and behaviour, it is right to take the cat to the vet immediately, taking care to transport it in the least traumatic way possible. The doctor should be updated on the situation, listing anomalies and strange behaviours so as to allow him to frame the situation correctly. Examinations and visits should be carried out routinely to intercept the cause of the malaise of the kitten at home.