Animals are distinguished by remarkable patience and the ability to tolerate pain for a long time, without expressing obvious signs of malaise. They can not complain to a person, they say, something is playing around with the liver, or it stings in the side, then the paws ache, then the tail falls off. One of the duties of the pet owner is to monitor the pet’s condition, being sensitive to changes in its behavior and condition. To make things easier for you, here are 13 signs that something is wrong with your pet.
13.The cat hides under the sofa or looks for other hiding places
From time to time, cats need enclosed spaces, partly due to their incredible love for cardboard boxes, various houses, etc. in the shelter, the cat can safely relax from people, children, other pets, clean up and relax. A timid animal may seek shelter when guests arrive. However, if your normally calm cat is periodically hiding under the couch or closet for no apparent reason, refusing to leave the shelter, and has become less sociable, this may be a sign that something has gone wrong. You can’t call this behavior 100% abnormal, but you shouldn’t dismiss such a sign either. perhaps your pet is silently suffering in the dark and alone.
12.The cat has become a Waterhead
Cats by nature have a reduced sense of thirst. In nature, they get most of their moisture from their prey, rather than from any other sources. Cats that eat dry food drink more than their counterparts who eat wet food or natural food, but it’s hard to call them water crabs either. Therefore, if your cat suddenly begins to empty the bowl of water, and even looks for additional sources of water, for example, to drink from the tap or from the toilet, it is better to show it to the doctor. Increased thirst can be a sign of endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or advanced chronic kidney failure.
11.The cat turns up its nose at your favorite food
Until recently, your pet went crazy when you rustled the package with her favorite crackers, danced on her hind legs, it cost you just to open a jar of her favorite canned food, and now your favorite food has ceased to please her? Does the cat eat reluctantly, leaving most of the portion in the bowl? Of course, if you like to treat your pet to new food and other food from time to time, this may be a manifestation of excessive selectivity in food on the part of the cat. On the other hand, a decrease in appetite may indicate health problems, such as dental problems. Gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontitis, and even the banal formation of Tartar can prevent the cat from eating.
10.The cat has discharge from the eyes and nose
Sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing, fever often indicate that the cat has a viral disease, it can be rhinotracheitis or chlamydia. Severe lacrimation may indicate a blockage of the tear duct or the presence of a foreign body in the eye. Green or yellow discharge indicates the presence of a bacterial infection.
09.The cat is more talkative than usual
Each cat is individual, some are more talkative, others are less so. But if your cat has been meowing unusually loudly for 24-36 hours, it’s best to take her to the vet. We have already said that these animals are patient and silent to the last, so if it comes to shouting, then you need immediate help from a specialist. By the way, contrary to popular belief, cats do not always purr with pleasure, in some cases purring may indicate that the animal is experiencing fear or pain.
08.Cat loses weight
If your pet loses weight, this is a reason to immediately contact a veterinary clinic and undergo a full examination. Tell the veterinarian if there have been any changes in the diet and if the amount of food consumed by the animal has changed.
07.The cat is shedding profusely and/or there is flaking on the skin
Molting is a normal physiological process, when the old coat dies off, giving way to a new one. Molting can be seasonal in nature, often it increases during the healing period when the air in the room is dry and warm. But if the hair falls out too profusely, forming receding hairlines, and on some areas of the skin, you notice peeling, with or without redness, be sure to contact a veterinary dermatologist. This phenomenon may indicate the presence of flea dermatitis, fungal skin lesions, and other diseases, among which there are those that are transmitted to humans and other animals.
06.The cat stops caring for itself
Cats are always extremely concerned about putting their fur in order. This is due to animal instinct — all extraneous odors should be removed so that the prey can not smell the hunter ahead of time. But what if the cat’s fur falls into ugly icicles, looks untidy and greasy, and the animal itself is in no hurry to clean up? Aging cats, cats with arthritis, or even cats under extreme stress may lose some or all of their ability to properly care for themselves. Such animals will need a veterinarian’s consultation and your help.
05.The cat pays excessive attention to grooming
Here the situation is reversed from the previous paragraph. The cat is licked so often and so thoroughly that receding hairlines and/or combs appear on the areas that are heavily treated with it. This behavior can be regarded as psychogenic alopecia, which occurs in the animal due to increased anxiety, stress, or boredom. Also, the cause of excessive grooming can serve as various infections, fleas, allergic reactions to food, hormonal disorders.
04.The cat vomits frequently and for a long time
Cats have developed a certain reputation as animals that are often sick, usually with hair. Indeed, the wool swallowed during grooming often causes nausea in the animal and subsequent vomiting. With systematic overeating, the cat may vomit food immediately or after some time after eating, and food vomiting may also occur if the food is swallowed too quickly. Such problems are usually solved quite easily: by buying malt paste, correcting the daily feed allowance, changing fine-grained feed to a product with larger granules that you will have to bite through before swallowing.
But there are also cases of acute vomiting, which occurs at short intervals and lasts for several days. Such vomiting can lead to severe dehydration of the cat and requires immediate contact with a veterinarian, as it can indicate the presence of infection, poisoning, swallowed foreign body, diseases of internal organs. Lack of timely assistance can lead to serious complications and even death of the animal.
03.Your cat is not himself
One day, you notice that something is wrong with your pet. For example, he is not as playful as before, most of the time he sleeps or takes a NAP, without looking for your company. At first glance, nothing unusual, but when you take a closer look at the animal’s behavior, you notice that it has difficulty using its tray, no longer jumps on its favorite windowsill, and perhaps even gets annoyed and meows displeasure when you touch it or pick it up. This behavior can indicate the presence of arthritis, especially in aging cats, and a number of other diseases.
02.The cat is breathing strangely
Breathing problems in a cat can be indicated by belly breathing, open mouth, head, and neck lowered low relative to the body, rapid and/or hoarse breathing. Any changes in the cat’s breathing require consultation with a veterinarian, and the sooner the better. Respiratory disorders can indicate asthma, pneumonia, and infectious diseases.
01.Stroking the cat, you found a seal
Visible tumors, bumps, bumps, or discolored areas of the skin may indicate the presence of cancer. If you find a neoplasm, you should immediately contact a veterinary clinic for a biopsy of the formation.