You may not know it, but your cat’s a trooper. He may not be feeling well, but he’ll hide it for as long as possible!
In the wild, any signs of weakness can spell trouble, so cats have become masters of hiding illness. They’ve carried this skill on into their domesticated lives, making it difficult for owners to catch a health problem before it becomes a major issue.
Since we can’t count on our cats to let us know when they feel sick, it’s up to us to keep an eye on their behavior. Learn the signs of potential illness and consult with your vet if your cat displays any of these symptoms, to nip health issues in the bud:
Bathroom behavior. You might think that “present” your cat left on your bedroom floor is payback for not giving him that extra treat last night, but there’s a good chance it’s something else. Keeping an eye on the kitty litter is one of the best ways to spot issues because there are some things your cat just can’t control or hide.
If your cat is suddenly spending more time in the litter, straining or crying out while eliminating, or using places other than the litter to relieve themselves, that’s a sign of trouble.
Personality changes. Remember how grumpy you are when you’re sick? Your cat is the same way. He may not outright tell you he’s sick, but he’ll show you in more subtle ways. Is your normally playful kitty suddenly lethargic? Has he turned from a cuddle machine into a recluse hiding in some dark corner? Is he sleeping more or less?
Changes in personality and activity levels can be caused by anything from a serious illness to stress. Whatever the reason, don’t accept sudden changes as just “something he does” - they are your cat’s way of dealing with whatever is bothering him, so it pays to be in tune with these kinds of changes.
Food and weight changes. You might be seeing a pattern here: any sudden changes might mean something is wrong. Continuing with that theme, if your cat starts eating or drinking more or less, or if his weight shifts drastically in either direction, it’s time for a vet visit!
Bad breath. If your urge to snuggle with your cat in the morning is outweighed by your desire to get away from his bad kitty breath, your cat might have gum disease. Gum disease might not seem like such a big deal but so many cats have it due to poor dental care, and it can be a very big deal as it can lead to pain, tooth loss, and the infection of other organs.
- by Yuliya
Your cat might not be able to talk, but he can still tell you when he’s sick. You just have to pay attention! Keep an eye out for these symptoms, or any other sudden changes in your cat’s behavior or appearance, and you’ll be helping him out. There’s no reason for our cats to bear their illness in silence.