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Signs Your Cat May Have a Problem

Posted on: May 20 2023

Cats tend to shy away from people when they are ill, however watching your feline friend closely if you are concerned about their health is important. Here are some signs your cat may have a problem and its potential cause.

Change in Activities

Cats are generally active, playful creatures, that’s why a sudden change in activities can indicate an injury or for older cats, arthritis.

Vomiting or Sickness

Constant sickness, vomiting or gagging when eating can occasionally prove to be more than just hairballs or grass. It can sometimes be a sign of illness, such as a kidney infection.

Refusal to Eat or Diarrhea

If a cat refuses to eat for over 24 hours you must consult your vet. On the flip side, diarrhoea that lasts for longer than 48 hours, also warrants a trip to the vet. See if you can take a sample with you for testing.

Difficulty Urinating

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a common condition that can become life threatening if not treated early. Symptoms include blood in the cat’s urine or refusal to use the litterbox. Other issues that have similar symptoms include bladder stones or kidney disease.

Increased Appetite

A sudden increase in appetite is cause for concern when it comes to your cat. It could indicate a range of issues such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease or even intestinal cancer.

Itchy or Flaking Skin

Allergic reactions and flea allergies are extremely common in certain breeds of cats and can result in itchy or flaking skin. Although not usually life threatening, allergic reactions can become extremely uncomfortable for your cat and affect their daily lives.

Bad Breath, Red or Swollen Gums

Red, swollen gums and bad breath are strong signs your cat is suffering from gum and tooth disease. It is important to follow these symptoms up with your vet because if left untreated, it can lead to more serious issues such as heart, liver and kidney conditions.

Excessive Thirst or Urination

Is your cat really thirsty? Unusual excessive thirst and frequent urination can be a sign of feline diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid problems or diabetes.

Karingal Vet Hospital – Signs Your Cat May Have a Problem

Being proactive and following up with your vet is the best way to ensure your cat remains healthy and happy. If you believe your cat might have an illness, seek advice from your vet as soon as possible. Feel free to call Karingal Vet Hospital on (03) 9789 3444 or book an appointment online today

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-6pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.