Poor cat hides disease
When cat owners find out that their cat is ill, it is often very ill. This is not because the owner is not noticed, but because the cat instincts to hide when it is ill.
Cats have been training to hide pain for generations. They do so because other animals do not consider them weak and vulnerable, which is essential for their survival in the wild. Even if your cat doesn’t have to hunt for food on its own, and you don’t look like a hungry wolf, the cat’s survival instincts persist.
Cat disease is best detected early. This means that your role as a cat owner is very important to the cat’s health. You see the cat every day and make the decision to go to the vet, so it’s important that you don’t ignore what the cat wants to tell you, or rather, try to hide from you.
It can be a small change in a cat’s behavior and routine, revealing whether it thrives. Here, we compile a list of the most common symptoms of cat disease. If you encounter changes in cat behavior or routine, you should always contact your veterinarian for advice and guidance.
Symptoms of cat disease
- Activity changes: Increasing and decreasing activity or changing a cat’s daily life is a red flag. Older cats with very high activity may suffer from excessive metabolism, and reduced activity may be a symptom of the disease. This also applies if the cat sleeps more than usual.
- Behavioral changes: Most cats will hide or reduce interaction with their owners if they get sick. If your cat is usually very contact-seeking but suddenly not interested in clapping and hugging, this may be a sign that it is not thriving. Previously very independent cat, now do not leave you alone, can also be sick.
- Changes in appetite and thirst: Some cats may look picky, but if you find your cat eating and drinking more or less, there may be a hidden reason. Some cats will stop their feed intake completely, and it’s important here that you treat the problem quickly because metabolism can’t tolerate it fasting.
- Bad breath: Here, inadequate dental care is often to blame. Most cats with bad breath suffer from inflammation of the mouth, but may also have diabetes. That’s how you take care of the cat’s teeth.
- Unaffordability: If the cat is left outside the bin, this can be a behavioural problem. It may also suffer from more serious urinary tract diseases and must be treated by a veterinarian.
- Weight changes: When a cat increases or loses weight, it is not always associated with changes in appetite. Cats with diabetes can eat normally or even more, but still lose weight. Problems with the intestines or cancer are also the cause of weight changes.
- Fur Care: Cats are usually thorough when it comes to hygiene, so if fur suddenly oils and mattes, this may be because cats are unhealthy. The cat may suffer pain to prevent it from good fur care. Excessive licking can be a symptom of stress, pain, or allergies. Get 4 tips for good fur care.
- Sounder: Quiet cats who start talking a lot or growl at night may do so because they are sick. Some possible explanations include anxiety and high blood pressure. Understand the language of the cat (body).