Warning Signs

Unfortunately our pets can’t ‘tell’ us when they are feeling under the weather and they can’t make doctor’s appointments for themselves. Thus it is up to the owner to notice the warning signs of an illness and take the animal to the vet if necessary. Bear in mind that cats are very good at hiding signs of illness. Many times by the time you notice that your cat might be sick he/she may be a very ill kitty.

If you are in doubt take your cat to the vet, it is always better to err on the safe side, especially when your pet’s health is at stake. Many illnesses that start out as minor problems can turn into life-treatening illnesses if not treated promptly and accurately. And if you are worried about the cost of a vet visit… It will be much cheaper if you take your cat to the vet early and at the first sign of illness rather than waiting till the cat is seriously ill and may also have disease complications or associated problems from the original untreated problem.

Warning Signs of Possible Illness


  • Loss of appetite or weight
  • Decrease in activity
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Limping or obvious pain while walking or moving
  • Change in behavior from the norm
  • Disorientation
  • Dehydration
  • Runny or watery eye/s
  • Runny or watery nose
  • Bad breath
  • Fleas or ticks
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever (103+ fahrenheit)
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine
  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Improper elimination
  • Skin sores
  • Pale gums and/or ears
  • Vomiting
  • Any abscess
  • A wound that is oozing or won’t stop bleeding

And of course if your cat encounters any type of trauma from a fight, getting hit by a car, etc. take your cat to the emergency room immediately.