Sometimes it's difficult to identify when your cat's not feeling well.
Cats are very good at hiding illness! Often they will just appear to be sleeping more than usual or you may not notice them around as much. To find out what the common signs of illness are check out the list below.
1. Inappropriate elimination
A cat that urinates inappropriatley could have any number of conditions assocaited with the behaviour, including lower urinary tract infection, and diabetes mellitus. It can also be a sign of arthritis, which makes it difficult for cats to get into the litter box.
2. Changes in interaction
Cats are social animals, so changes in interactions with humans or pets can signal disease, fear, anxiety, or pain.
3. Changes in activity
A decrease in activity if often a sign of arthritis or systemic illness, while an increase in activity can be caused by hyperthyroidism.
4. Changes in sleeping habits
If your cat is sleeping more than normal (keep in mind that average adult cats may sleep 16 to 18 hours a day - though much of that is "catnapping"), it could be a sign of an underlying disease.
5. Changes in food and water consumption
Most cats are not finicky eaters. Decreased food intake can be a sign of several disorders, ranging from poor dental health to cancer. Increased food consumption can be caused by diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidsim, or other health problems.
6. Unexplained weight loss or gain
Sudden weight loss can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, or a host of other diseases. Obesity, on the other hand, can cause an increased risk of diabetes mellitus, joint disease, and other problems.
7. Changes in grooming
Patches of hair loss or greasy or matted appearance can signal an underlying disease. Cats who have difficulty grooming often suffer from fear, anxiety, obesity, or other illness. An increase in grooming may signal a skin problem.
8. Signs of stress
Stressed cats may exhibit signs of depression, hide more, or spend more time awake and scanning their environment. These signs may indicate a medical condition, so it's important to rule out physical ailments before addressing the stress behaviourally.
9. Changes in vocalisation
An increase in vocalisation or howling is often seen with an underlying condition like hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure. Many cats also vocalise more if they're in pain or anxious.
10. Bad Breath
Bad breath is an early indicator of oral problem - studies have shown that 70% of cats have gum disease as early as 3 years old.
If your cat has any of these symptoms, please have your cat checked by a Veterinarian.