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Sick Cat Symptoms

Since most cats are adept at hiding when they are sick, every cat caretaker needs to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of a sick cat. By being aware of your cat's regular activities and his general healthy physical appearance, it will be easier to notice subtle changes and identify illness.

Any change in a cat's eating/drinking behavior or routine may be a sign of sickness. Signs to watch for include:

A decrease in food intake for more than a couple of days

An increased or excessive appetite or thirst, which could be a sign of diabetes or hyperthyroidism

Increased Lethargy

Although some cats sleep up to 20 hours during a 24-hour day, the average cat sleeps 16 hours each day. Even though cats spend so much time asleep, changes in their sleeping patterns may be a sign of a medical problem. A sick cat may seem overly tired or weak, doesn't show interest in anything, and often also exhibits other behavioral changes or a lack of interest in food and water.

According to The Cat Hospital, if you notice a change in your cat's activity level, either an increase or a decrease, it may be an indication the cat is not feeling well. If you notice your cat is reluctant to jump up on things that were easy for her to reach before, or she seems to be jumping in an altered manner, there could be a medical reason. A noticeable change in the cat's gait could also be a sign of a sick cat.

Cats are generally clean animals, grooming themselves much of the time they are awake. When a cat suddenly stops grooming itself, it can be a sign of stress, but it can also indicate a painful problem such as arthritis. On the other hand, a cat that incessantly grooms one spot of its body may also have a skin condition.

Any change in the condition or texture of a cat's coat is often an indication your pet is ill. The coat may feel coarse, greasy or very dry. Flaking skin or significant fur loss, such as noticeable thinning or bald patches, is a sign the cat is unwell, per The Cat Hospital.

A cat throwing up an occasional hairball is normal. A sudden change in food may also lead to stomach upset. They may eat too quickly, too much, leading to vomiting afterward.

However, if a cat vomits often, has projectile vomiting, or vomits for an extended period, PetMD notes it may be a sign of a more serious problem.

In addition, the following signs can be cause for concern:

Redness around the nose

Scratching or shaking its head

Inflammation of the mouth

Urinating outside of the litter box or other abnormal litter box behavior

Any change in bowel movements, including diarrhea or constipation

If you notice any of the following signs of illness in your cat, seek immediate medical care.

Straining to urinate

Pale gums - an indication of shock or anemia

If the third eyelid is visible

Cats are not able to tell their owners if they are not feeling well. As responsible pet caretakers, it is up to each owner to recognize symptoms of an illness and seek medical care as soon as possible.