Updated December 26th, 2023 at 17:30 IST

Does your cat need a vet visit? Look out for these signs of sickness in your furry friend

Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for your pet, but there are signs that can indicate your cat requires immediate attention.

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In the animal kingdom, pet dogs are known to be loving while cats are known to be sassy. But behind that sass and attitude, cats often hide the fact that they are sick. What might seem like a common mood swing of  your beloved pet might be sickness that warrants a vet visit. These are some signs that you can observe, that will help you check if your cat needs veterinary assistance.

Changes in eating habits

A sudden loss of appetite or a significant decrease in food intake could indicate various underlying health issues. Conversely, increased thirst and urination may signal conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Weight changes

Unexplained weight loss or gain in your pet should be addressed promptly. These changes may result from various health conditions, including metabolic disorders, thyroid issues, or digestive problems.

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Changes in behaviour

Any drastic changes in your cat's behaviour should be investigated. This includes lethargy, excessive hiding, aggression, or a sudden aversion to social interaction. Behavioural changes can be indicative of pain or illness.

Litter box issues

Changes in litter box habits, such as straining to urinate, blood in the urine, or difficulty defecating, may be signs of urinary tract issues, constipation, or other conditions affecting the digestive system.

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Vomiting or diarrhoea

Occasional vomiting may not be uncommon, but persistent or severe vomiting, along with diarrhoea, can indicate a range of issues, including ingestion of toxins, gastrointestinal disorders, or infections.

Difficulty breathing

Laboured breathing, wheezing, coughing, or open-mouth breathing are signs of respiratory distress that require immediate attention. These symptoms may indicate respiratory infections or other respiratory issues.

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Unexplained swelling

Swelling or lumps on your cat's body that appear suddenly and without an obvious cause should be examined. These could be abscesses, tumours, or other abnormalities requiring veterinary attention.

Changes in vocalisation

If your cat's vocalisations change significantly, it could be a sign of discomfort, pain, or stress. Unusual vocalisation patterns like meowing continuously or crying throughout the night may require investigation to identify and address the underlying issue. If the pitch of your cat’s voice changes, it might be time to visit the pet.


Published December 26th, 2023 at 17:30 IST

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