Changes in your cat's behavior
When you notice you cat's strange behavior, give it a careful physical exam. Check for wounds, lumps or difficulty in breathing. Some signs may not be as obvious. If your cat just doesn't seem right to you, call your vet immediately. Here are other things you should do:
- Take your cats temperature. A cat's temperature should be between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 and 38.1 degrees Celsius). A slight increase may be normal, but if your cat's temperature reads 105 degrees F, take him to the vet immediately. Temperatures lower than 100 degrees F are also signs of a serious ailment.
- Check for drastic changes in your cat's appetite or thirst.
- Check for irregularities in your cats bowel movements. Constipation is also a cause for concern. Inspects its stool. It should be firm and consistent. If your see blood, worms or things that appear like grains of rice, take a sample and take it to your vet for testing.
- If you notice a considerable increase in your cat's urination along with a noticeable increase in thirst, it could be a sign of kidney failure or diabetes. Cloudy or bloody urine, plus pain when urinating warrants a visit to the vet.
- Vomiting and diarrhea are fairly common in cats and may be caused by a gastric upset only. However, constant vomiting, projectile vomiting, blood in the vomit and/or unproductive retching may be a sign or a serious stomach problem. Also, persistent diarrhea may signal a number of serious disorders.
- Sneezing, coughing and runny eyes often means a common cold or flu-type illness and usually clears up within a few days. But, if these symptoms persist or are complicated by pus-like discharges, drooling or listlessness or loss of appetite, call your vet.
- Anemia is characterized by pale gums, tongue and lack of energy and appetite. If you think your cat is anemic, take it to the vet immediately. Anemia could be a sign of some other illness.