What are some of the signs you should look for that suggest your cat is ill?
How observant are you… especially when it comes to learning to interpret a cat’s behavior? It can be perplexing, but it is often enjoyable. But do you know that of all strange things cats do, some are signs of serious conditions that will require immediate vetenerary care?
Once you get to know your cat, even slight changes in their behavior will raise eyebrows. When your cat drinks excessively, a condition known as polydipsia, and frequently urinates (polyuria), it is an indication that all is not well. Your cat is ill. But symptoms are classic signs of renal diseases or diabetes.
Yes, your cat is a mammal, so every organ present in your body is resident in your cat too, and that includes kidneys. When a cat’s kidney fail, the first casualty is water retention, so what they drink is quickly passed through the body.
The response to the cat’s body need for more water, thus, is to simply drink more. There is no cure for kidney disease, but with the guidance of Vet, certain treatments and special diet can help prolong a cat’s life.
When your cat losses its appetite, it may be due to two reasons: food changes or illness. In cases like this, ensure that the hunger strike doesn’t last for more than two or three days. Otherwise a condition known as hepatic lipidosis can occur. This is a life threatening condition involving the liver and can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner.
Lack of food creates a “fatty liver” and the cat will start to feel the effects of the liver disease, which can include anorexia, jaundice and vomiting. . This condition is common in obese cat, but weight reduction attempt in such cats should not be drastic either. Cats that visit the urinary or “loo” frequently, assume the urinating position, but produce no urine, may have a urinary track infection.
Bacteria or sand particles can cause this infection, and this can be particularly dangerous to male cats. If these send crystals make their way down the urethra, they may cause irritation along with urethral spasms.
In the extreme, the particles of sand may become lodged at the end of the penis, thus preventing the cat from passing urine. If the cat is not “unblocked” quickly the bladder will continue to fill and cause either of two things; permanent drainage to the kidneys or the bladder may burst.
Failure to notice or diagnose this problem will lead to inevitable death. Over a period of time, when you notice weight loss, despite an excessive appetite in your cat along with excessive drinking and a thoroughly soaked litter box these may be early signs of diabetes.
You may be wrong of course, and unfortunately, apart from these symptoms there are no other immediate outward signs of diabetes that could tip you off. Generally, as a cat owner your vigilance is the first line of defense against cat illness, but remember though that these are sign that you may need to bring your cat to vet, not green flags for you to start troubleshooting with medications.
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