Signs Your Cat May Be Ill

Cats are very good at hiding the fact they don’t feel well, so it’s important to watch for subtle changes in their behavior and/or appearance.  Here are some things to look for to determine if your cat isn’t well:

  • Increase or decrease in water consumption
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Continued vomiting
  • Bad breath
  • Change in urination.  Increase or decrease in urination, urinating outside litter box, blood in urine are all signs to watch for
  • Changes in grooming behavior
  • Change in bowels.  Diarrhea, constipation, change in color of stool, eliminating outside of litter box

This is not an all-inclusive list, but does give you a starting point of things to look for in gauging your cat’s health.  If you detect changes in his appearance or behavior, don’t delay in getting him to the vet.  Cats can get very ill very quickly, so if he stops eating or drinking for 24 hours, contact your vet immediately.


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Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.