Cats are often stoic creatures, so it's not always easy to tell when your cat is sick or in need of veterinary services. Sometimes, it's obvious when your cat is very ill or injured and needs to get to an animal hospital right away. Other times, you need to rely on your instincts and observations. Here are some general signs your cat might be sick and needs to see a vet.
Changes In Eating Habits
The key here is to know your cat's normal behavior so you can notice changes. If it's not unusual for your cat to throw up after eating, then occasionally throwing up might not be a cause for concern. However, if it's rare for your cat, then sudden vomiting can alert you to problems. Also, if your cat doesn't have an appetite or seems constipated or has diarrhea, then it's a good idea to visit the vet for an examination.
Cats can have quirky personalities, so noticing changes is what's important. If your cat is normally boisterous and playful but suddenly is lethargic and grouchy, it's a possible sign of illness or pain. Not all problems are caused by physical conditions. Your cat can have behavioral problems due to anxiety or other mental states. These emotional and mental states can affect the physical health of your cat, so you should seek the help of your vet in determining the problem so you cat will be happy and healthy again.
Cats are normally fussy about grooming themselves. If your cat's coat is normally shiny and clean but suddenly looks matted because the cat has stopped grooming, that is cause for concern. Your cat may be in too much pain or be too sick to carry on with the usual activities of bending and twisting while grooming. This might signal a condition such as organ pain or arthritis that makes it difficult for your cat to groom. If your cat has pain from arthritis or another cause, you might notice a difference in the way the cat walks, sits, or moves.
Also, it's better to be safe than let your cat suffer in silence. If you think your cat is sick, then call your vet. You know your cat best, and you'll be able to pick up on subtle signs that something is wrong. You don't have to wait until your cat is sick to visit the vet. By having an annual physical examination, you can keep your cat healthier and catch problems while they are early enough to treat easily.