Signs That Your Cat is Sick

Cats can be very secretive when it comes to displaying signs of illness. This is because, in the wild, showing signs of sickness or weakness can attract dangerous predators. However, this can make it hard for people to realize their pets are sick. Here, an East Dallas, TX vet lists some of the most common signs of illness in kitties.

Poor Grooming

Fluffy is usually very dedicated to her beauty ritual. In fact, your cat could spend as much as a third of her waking time grooming herself! If your kitty doesn’t feel well, she may not bother with her usual routine, which could make her fur look matted, greasy, or unkempt.


It isn’t unusual for Fluffy to curl up in a quiet spot for a snooze. However, your furball should emerge by dinnertime, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. If your cat just doesn’t want to leave her hiding spot, she could be sick.


As you probably know, the occasional hairball is more or less par for the course with our feline friends. However, excessive or violent vomiting is definitely a red flag.

Change In Appetite/Thirst

Keep a close eye on your furry buddy’s eating and drinking habits. Increases or decreases in Fluffy’s appetite or thirst can be a sign of developing medical issues.

Uncharacteristic Behavior

Our feline pals are full of cute quirks. If people brought their pets in every time their kitties did something unusual, our waiting room would be full of cats 24/7. What you want to look for is behavior that is unusual for your pet. This can mean changes in Fluffy’s attitude, routine, or vocalizations. For instance, a quiet cat that suddenly won’t stop meowing, or an aloof kitty that starts demanding attention, could be sick.

Litterbox Issues

Changes in the color, amount, smell, or texture of your cat’s waste can be indicative of illness. It’s also worth noting that having difficulty going is a serious red flag, and should be treated as an emergency.

Respiratory Problems

Respiratory issues can be very, very dangerous for our feline buddies. If you notice Fluffy coughing, sneezing, or wheezing, contact your vet immediately.

If your cat has any of the symptoms listed above, please contact us, your East Dallas, TX animal hospital, immediately. When it comes to treating medical conditions in pets, the sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!

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