Signs That Your Cat Is Sick

Cats are experts at hiding illness. In the wild, this instinct can protect them from predators or other cats that might be a threat. Today’s house cat has the same tendency to avoid vulnerability, even if the only potential threat is… you. By the time you actually notice something is wrong with your cat, it might have been going on for a longer amount of time than you think. Observe your cat’s behaviour and body language. Never ignore signs of illness. When in doubt, contact your vet for advice.


Vomiting hairball is not a concern. However, anything more than this might lead to food poisoning, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hepatic lipidosis or other medial issues that warrants to trip to the vet.



Diarrhea may indicate dietary indiscretion, intestinal parasites, and a variety of other problems that leads to dehydration and further intestinal inflammation.

Lost of appetite, weight change & lethargy

Lack of eating for even a few days can lead to fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis. Sudden weight loss or low energy level might be the the result of diabetes, feline infectious peritonitis, gastrointestinal problems, intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, organ failure, or dental issues.


Dramatic increase in thirst often leads to medical concerns of kidneys or urinary tract.


Abnormal urination

Urination is an important symptom to define a cat’s urinary tract and kidney function. Please seek for immediate medical treatment if there is a change in frequency or quantity of urine, inappropriate urination, blood in the urine, or when your cat is straining to urinate but nothing is coming out.


Discharge from eyes or nose indicates a possible upper respiratory infection. This can make your cat feel ill and stop eating. It may be contagious to other cats in your home.

Ear debris

Ear debris or discharge might mean your cat has an ear infection or even parasites like ear mites. Delayed medical treatment may cause the eardrum to become affected.


Skin & coat issues

Skin irritation or hair loss may be a sign of allergies, external parasites, or other skin condition. It makes your cat painful or itchy.



Over-grooming could means your cat has a skin issue or is in pain.


Trouble jumping

Limping and trouble jumping up are signs of an injury or a condition like arthritis.


Bad breath

Bad breath is a sign of dental problems, it means your cat’s teeth should be checked soon. Excessive drooling and bleeding from the mouth might be the symptoms of oral infection, if exposes the whole body to the bacteria in the mouth, it could lead to problems with the heart and other organs.

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