Could your furry friend be unwell? Unlike humans, determining whether your cat is sick can be daunting. This is because it is quite difficult to know the simple changes in your cat that might indicate a health problem. 

Needless to say, cats are very good at hiding things. It’s no surprise that they are also well acquainted with keeping any sickness under the carpet. After all, their covert nature always protects them from any predators in the wild. 

Just like bush cats, pet cats have adopted the tendency of avoiding any vulnerability, regardless of the threat to them. So, if you have a pet cat as a housemate, don’t be surprised when you fail to know that your companion is sick. 

Apart from having the instincts to self protect, there is another reason as to why cats are less likely to show any signs of illness. Ideally, cats, just like any other animals, don’t have any emotional relationship with any form of discomfort. When they are sick, they tend to embrace the illness and pain as a new way of living. Therefore, you might not see any signs, until they are extremely sick.

Most cat owners have unanswered questions about how their companions behave. For example, you may wonder, why do cats fart? While there are no definite answers to some of these questions, there are telltale signs that you can always indicate that your cat is sick. Read along to find out.

Is your Cat Acting Differently?

While cats are generally silent animals, they can sometimes act differently by being overtly quiet. If you find your cat hiding in silence, in a quiet and secluded place, then chances are that your cat might be sick. 

Basically, when a cat is sick, it tends to quietly lie in a hunched position. You might as well notice that your cat avoids any grooming and purrs profusely. Remember that although cats purr while they are happy, they also purr whenever they are in pain. 

If your cat has a respiratory illness, it might keep its head raised always and will refuse to lie on his side. On the other hand, if your cat has neurological sickness, it might be confused or in more severe cases, experience seizures.

Is your Cat Eating or Defecating More or Less?

You are probably aware that just like any other pets, cats will eat less, or nothing at all whenever it doesn’t feel well. However, there are very rare cases where your cat will have increased appetite, so don’t ignore your cat when it has a sudden increased appetite.

Common health conditions that affect cats include diabetes or kidney disease. When your cat is sick from these illnesses, it might experience increased thirst as well as increased urination. At the same time, if your cat experiences pain while urinating, it might have a urinary tract infection. 

Is your Cat Vomiting or Regurgitating?

It goes without saying that if your cat vomits food immediately after ingesting, it probably is sick. Normally, if your cat regurgitates after food hits the stomach, it’s a clear indication of poisoning. 

While your cat might vomit due to overfeeding, ensure to take your cat to a vet if it vomits repeatedly. Additionally, if your cat vomit is accompanied by lethargy or diarrhea, ensure to seek immediate medical attention.

Is your Cat Constipated?

If your cat is constipated, chances are that it will diarrhea as well. You should know that diarrhea is a manifestation of nervousness, or a change in diet, sensitivities to food and water, and poisoning among many other reasons. 

If your cat has one-time diarrhea, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if the diarrhea is battery and accompanied by blood, then you should take the cat to a vet immediately.  Always make sure to take a keen look at your cat’s litter box to ensure that it defecates normally.

Is your Cat Coughing?

Mild or chronic coughing is a normal occurrence in a cat. This can be caused by a number of conditions, including asthma, tumors, lung disease, heart disease, and allergies among others. It can also be caused by physical objects that can be logged into the trachea.

However, persistent coughing can indicate serious illness. If you notice a cat coughing for more than a day, then you should immediately take him to a vet.

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