Cats tend to be independent, stoic creatures. They can be so independent, in fact, that it can be difficult for their own humans to tell whether or not they are happy and healthy. If you have welcomed a feline companion into your home, you undoubtedly want to be sure that it is enjoying its life. Here are ways that you can tell if your cat may be suffering physically or emotionally.
How to Check if Your Cat is Happy and Healthy?
Symptoms of a sick cat, such as, changes in urination, eating habits, activity, behavior and lethargy, are listed below.
Cat Symptom Checker – Change in Urinations
One of the most common issues male cats face is the inability to urinate. This is called blockage in veterinary circles. This most often happens in indoor male cats that do not take in enough liquid, either in the form of food or water. If you notice your male cat going to the litter box more often than normal and you do not see a typical amount of output, your cat needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. A blocked male cat can get very ill very quickly.
Cat Symptom Checker – Lethargy in Cats
Cats are lazy creatures. The average cat will sleep for approximately 15 – 16 hours of each day. Your cat may sleep more or less than the average feline. If your cat doesn’t seem as active as it once was, it may be suffering from emotional or physical distress. While there is nothing overtly wrong with a cat that is lethargic for a day or two, it should not last beyond this time period.
Cat Symptom Checker – Change in Eating Habits
Cats are grazers. These animals prefer to eat small amounts all day long. When you free feed your cats, it can be difficult to tell how much they are actually consuming. It’s a better idea to meal feed your cats. Giving your cats a measured amount of food two or three times a day will tell you how much they are eating every day. If your cat is eating more or less than it typically does, it could be a sign of an illness like hyperthyroidism or diabetes.
Cat Symptom Checker – Change in Activity
You and your cat enjoy play time. Your cat is always game to get up and chase the laser pointer and other cat toys. Your cat can jump four feet in the air without a second thought. If your cat’s activity level decreases, it could be a sign that something is wrong. While it’s normal for your cat to not feel like playing one day, it is not normal for it to want to stop activity altogether.
Cat Symptom Checker – Cat Behavior Changes
One of the first signs that something may be wrong with your cat is a change in its behavior. A once aloof cat may become overly affectionate, and a once affectionate cat may become standoffish. If your cat exhibits significant changes in behavior, it’s time to see the veterinarian.
You know your cat, and you know if your cat is ill. Don’t second guess yourself. If you think that something may be wrong with your cat’s physical or mental health, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Find out more about the most common diseases in cats. For a complete cat symptom checker overview have a look at our symptom database.