These 10 Signs May Mean a Serious Health Issue in Cats

Cat owners usually know their pets well enough to know that something’s wrong. It’s a byproduct of living in close proximity to your cat on a daily basis, and you can see when something changes in her demeanor or physical routine. If you notice any of these 10 health warning signs, consider taking your cat to the vet for a check-up.

10. Weight Loss


A sudden, unexplained weight loss could be a sign of many things, including cancer, kidney issues, diabetes or heart problems.

9. Coughing


Regular and persistent coughs in cats are unusual. You should take your cat to the vet if he has a cough that doesn’t go away.

8. Seizures


Seizures in cats could come from poisoning or something wrong in the brain. A vet can determine if your cat ate something and try to correct the issue.

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7. Vomiting


The occasional hair ball may not be a big deal. However, vomiting may indicate too much hair in your cat’s throat or possibly serious kidney issues.

6. Lethargy


Lethargy might manifest itself as laziness, delayed reactions, too much sleep or drowsiness. Any of these symptoms might have an underlying cause, especially if your cat is lethargic for more than one day.

5. Loss of Appetite


Loss of appetite, changes in eating habits and not drinking enough water may point to nervousness, psychological changes or a response to a vaccination. If your cat doesn’t eat or drink enough, it could lead to serious health problems very quickly.

4. Red Eyes


Red eyes could mean swelling in the eye, a bacterial infection or something as serious as glaucoma. Redness should be checked by a vet as soon as possible.

3. Diarrhea


Diarrhea could come from many sources, including allergies, worms and diseases. Take your cat to the vet if diarrhea lasts for more than a day.

2. Skin Flaking


Skin flaking, combined with excessive scratching or itching, might be caused by dematitis or some other skin irritation. Parasites, fleas or an allergic reaction could also come into play with skin problems.

1. Disorentation


Disorientation normally occurs in older cats. If your cat starts forgetting the location of the litter box or doesn’t understand you, it could indicate a neurological disorder. You love your cat and want everything to be okay, so don’t forget your regular vet check-ups.

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