Cats are unique creatures filled with quirks an idiosyncrasies.   Even though cats are predators, they are also considered prey. It is this for this reason that cats tend to hide the fact that they are sick or injured to avoid being singled out as being weak by predators in the wild. This is instinctual behavior and is a deeply ingrained behavior in all cats, even those that reside in perfectly safe houses where predators are nonexistent. The consequence can be that a feline companion may become very ill before their caretakers even realize there is a problem and are able to seek veterinary care.

Sick Cat Symptoms

There are some obvious symptoms that cats can display to indicate they are not feeling well. Not eating, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and limping are all very telling signs that a cat is sick or injured; however, when cats exhibit these signs openly, it can mean that the cat is extremely ill or injured and requires emergency veterinary care.

Changes in feeding behavior can be one of the first signs that something is not quite right with a cat. Dropping food while eating or eating more predominantly on one side, grinding teeth, excessive drooling or vocalizing while eating can point to a painful mouth or tooth. Cat drooling can also be a sign of nausea which can point to problems in the gastrointestinal tract or other organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Changes in grooming habits can indicate there might be an issue. Overgrooming, hair pulling and even a cat not grooming at all can all be signs of dermatological problems and pain. Changes in daily routine can indicate your cat is feeling under the weather.

My Cat is Acting Differently

Seeking isolated areas away from their regular sleeping and interaction spots, especially if they are warmer can indicate your cat may be running a fever or is having pain. A cat personality change or drastic changes in behavior can also indicate illness. Sudden aggression toward other pets in the house or humans or new vocalizations during the night can be a definite sign of your cat being ill, in pain, or having cognitive dysfunction.’

It may seem a daunting chore trying to decode subtle feline signs that point to illness; however, it can be done. The main thing to remember is that if you, as the person that sees your cat every day, have any feeling that your cat may be feeling sick, talk to your veterinarian. It is better to be proactive and have a healthy cat than to wait and have a very sick kitty. A very small change in your cat’s behavior or everyday routine can be a big sign that your cat needs help.