How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick

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Cats are masters of disguise when it comes to being sick. They are often able to mask their illness until they are gravely ill. This can make it difficult for owners to determine when their cat is sick and in need of medical attention. However, there are some telltale signs that your cat is sick and should be seen by a veterinarian.

Your cat may be sick if he or she is:

-Eating less or not at all

-Drinking less water

-Sleeping more

-Lethargic or less active than usual

-Vomiting

-Diarrhea

-Constipated

-Breathing faster than normal

-Coughing

-Sneezing

-Has eye discharge

-Has ear discharge

-Scratching more than usual

-Hiding more than usual

-Urinating more or less than usual

-Straining to urinate

-Has a change in vocalization

-Appears painful

-Has a swollen abdomen

-Has a change in coat (dull, dry, or excessive shedding)

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of illness is crucial in cats. Many illnesses can quickly become life-threatening if not treated promptly.

At the veterinarian, your cat will be examined and may have diagnostic tests such as bloodwork, urinalysis, and x-rays performed. Based on the results of these tests, your veterinarian will be able to diagnose and treat your cat accordingly.

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