Category Archives: Cat Health Care
Owning cats has their own unique set of problems. Cats are sometimes moody, loners, and quiet. The same cat can turn around thirty minutes later and be playful, demanding attention, and meowing loudly. These different moods can make cats illness hard to diagnose at any given time. Here are some of the symptoms you should watch for to help you decide if your cat needs attention.
The first symptom will be very obvious, vomiting. If your cat is vomiting on a frequent basis, they are probably ill. If it is single episode of vomiting it could easily be something the cat ate, a hairball, or just a temporary minor problem.
Cats will run a fever when they are sick. We all know how to take our own temperature but taking our cat’s temperature is much more challenging. There are only two recognized ways to check your cat for a fever. The first is taking their temperature rectally. This method is the most accurate, but may be the most difficult. It often requires two people. One person can hold the cat, while the second person carefully lifts the tail and inserts the thermometer. The easiest way to take your cat’s temperature at home is with an ear thermometer. This infrared device is safe, and your cat will not protest.
If your cat is running a fever over 104 or below 99 degrees you can be confident you are dealing with a cats illness and you should immediately contact your veterinarian. They are going to want to see your cat to diagnose the problem.
Some of the other symptoms to look for include lack of appetite, diarrhea, sneezing, and coughing. Lack of appetite could just mean your cat does not like what you are serving. If it has lasted through a couple regular feedings then you need to watch for other symptoms, too. If there are a combination of symptoms you should contact your pet clinic and see if they wish to see your cat.
Many times what appears to be a cats illness can be simple allergies. Often eye discharge, nasal discharge, and sneezing are signs of allergies. Your cat could have itchy skin and even lack of appetite if battling allergies. Allergies are usually caused by food. If you have recently changed cat food you may want to consider trying the old brand again.
If any symptoms continue you must contact your vet. Ignoring the symptoms could lead to more severe health problems, resulting in your cat’s life being at risk. Always make sure to work closely with your veterinarian to keep your pets vaccinations up to date. Your vet can advise on proper diet, and other preventive measures. It is always better to prevent cats illness, rather than battling it after symptoms begin to show up. Do not rely on the advice of neighbors and family members, trust the advice of your animal health care professionals. They are highly trained, see animals every day, and can make the best decisions for your pet’s health.