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Signs That Your Cat Needs to See a Vet

Cats are not always easy to understand. We can’t even predict their next step or the action and it’s totally like a mystery. As they can’t say it out loud if something’s wrong, they make this task even harder for us by hiding their condition from the world as best they can. And when it comes to seeking medical attention, the situation becomes more complicated. In our opinion, you should visit the vet to know better about your cat’s health status rather than searching for the “symptoms or signs that your cat needs to see a vet?” on the internet. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Still, there is no harm in gathering more knowledge to be aware of what symptoms to look out in your cat.

Signs That Your Cat Needs to See a Vet

  • Litter box Issues

A litter box is considered to be a safer place for cats where they feel secure and express their emotions. According to Shea Cox, DVM, Patch Poster, “cats may show signs of urinary tract inflammation, such as straining to urinate, frequent urination, blood in the urine, painful urination, or inappropriate urination (urinating somewhere other than the litter box)”. Sometimes, cats begin to urinate outside the litter box and you will hear them crying and scratching his/her own genital area excessively as well.

Like humans, A healthy cat’s gums are generally pink in color. Change in the color of the cat’s gums implies a lot about their present health status. When we gently press the healthy cat’s gums, they regain their same pink shade within a few seconds. Slow restoration of pink color and pale gums indicate anemia, shock or poor circulation of blood. Bluish gums or tongue are the sign of life-threatening lack of oxygen, yellow gums could be a sign of liver disease and blood red gums may indicate overheating or carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Change in Appetite

One of the easiest ways to determine whether your cat needs to visit the vet is by observing a change in eating and drinking habits. Cats have a reputation for being finicky, that is, they require strong attention to details and don’t like change in their daily routine and appetite. If the cat shows either more or less interest in his/her meal than usual, your kitty may have a health issue. Suddenly drinking a lot of water may be indicative of diabetes or kidney disease as well.

  • Change in Activity Level

We are well-known with the activity level or the energy level of our cat. Even a significant amount of change in their normal activity level can be easily addressed. Many serious health conditions in cats can show up as a drop in their energy level and extreme tiredness. Any unwillingness or ability to move permits a visit to your Vet because it could signify a painful injury.

  • Repeated Vomiting

In cats, occasional vomiting is considered to be normal. A sudden change in diet, fast eating habits, hairballs etc are some of the core reasons behind it. When cats vomit, the cause is either a problem in the gastrointestinal system (due to food allergy or inflammatory bowel disease) or a problem elsewhere in the body. Repeated vomiting, especially when blood is present, may indicate that something is seriously wrong.

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