All responsible cat owners should take the health of their cat seriously. As our feline friends cannot let us know when they are unwell, you must be alert. Looking out for the five main signs of poor cat health will go a long way to achieving this.
Changes in behaviour
You know your own cat and should be able to notice if they begin acting a little differently. So if your cat is usually quite sociable and then suddenly becomes withdrawn, this is a good indication something is not quite right. Or perhaps your cat begins whining or meowing when they are usually very quiet.
Gradual and sudden weight loss are both symptoms that your cat’s health is not as it should be. Whilst it could indicate one of several illnesses, it is often a sign of liver problems.
Appearance of coat and skin
In the event that you find one of more lumps on your cat’s skin you should have a vet take a look immediately. They could be ticks, with larger lumps perhaps being abnormal growths. Also, if your cat’s fur looks ungroomed, or the fur has lost some of its shine, it could be a warning that there are underlying health issues.
If your cat begins urinating all over the house when it is well trained this is usually an indication that it has feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). This is a painful inflammation that can in some cases be fatal. If you notice that your cat is constantly licking its genitals then this can be a sign of FLUTD.
Further visual indicators
There are several visual indicators that you should watch out for. If your cat appears as though it is crying then it usually means they have a sinus infection or a cold. Both ailments can also be accompanied by excessive nose discharge. The presence of dark brown wax is also another indicator of bad cat health. Whilst this guide should help you sport health issues in your cat, it is by no means extensive and you should always contact your vet to get a proper diagnosis.