Spot These Signs of Illness in your Cat

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Cats are very independent animals and we tend to overlook subtle signs that something may be wrong. Luckily, you came to the right place to learn about how to be keen to anything that kitty might be battling.


1. Stress

Every cat hates change but some can handle it better than others. When changing their food brand, litter brand, adding more family members, or even rearranging rooms can stress your kitty out a whole bunch. The best way to avoid stressing them out is to always ease them into a new change to their daily lives. If you see your cat having behavioral issues, hiding from housemates, or simply being aggressive, we recommend restarting their newly introduced routine and giving them some space to get comfortable.


2. Overly Vocal

If you notice your cat howling during the night it may be a result of a medical condition like hyperthyroidism, hypertension, or even anxiety. Take your kitty to the vet to seek medical advice.


3. Sleeping Habits

If your cat wakes up at night and is constantly avoiding getting up from the bed this may be a sign of pain or illness. Note that sleeping habits tend to change with age.


4. Grooming

Over-grooming may be related to stress, pain or allergies. Always seek professional medical advice if you're unsure of what is going on.


5. Bad Breath

Dental issues can be the first thing we assume but contrary to belief it can also indicate kidney disease or a digestive disorder. Be sure to always brush your kitties teeth regular to prevent long term illnesses down the line.


6. Weight

Weight gain can lead to obesity, diabetes, mobility problems, and other diseases. Exercise your cat by playing with them and regulate food intake to fit their size and nutritional needs.


7. Water Intake

Drinking or urinating more without a change in their diet could be a sign of a disease. Most commonly this symptom is related to diabetes or kidney problems.


8. Appetite

Your cat may be avoiding her food due to a digestion issue or a stressful situation. Always keep their food and water in a quite place away from heavy foot traffic and seek medical attention to rule out digestion problems as the source.


9. Activity Level

If you have a very active kitty who suddenly seems like a couch potato it may spark a red flag of arthritis. If you have declawed your cat recently, she may have developed joint pain and may be highly stressed from losing her nails and knuckle. Use cat litter that is soft on paws to help ease their pain.


10. Socialization

Cats usually shy away from contact when they're not feeling their best rather than seek comfort. Anxiety and stress are commonly the case for a kitty who suddenly becomes anti-social.


11. Skin and Coat

A great indication of your cat being ill is abnormalities in their skin and coat. Their skin should be pink or black and their fur or hair should be smooth and shiny. If you notice dry skin or maybe your cat itching more than normal seek professional advice as it may be a skin infection or fleas.


12. Toilet Trouble

Look out for blood, mucus, persistent diarrhea, or their solid waste being black in color. If you notice your cat constantly taking a trip to the litter box without urinating this may indicate a urinary tract infection and needs to be treated immediately as well as the other abnormalities listed.

Never underestimate symptoms that may signal something more serious. Cats are sticklers for hiding what can be wrong with them but when you know what to look for you can help treat something that wouldn't have been easy to spot.




I am not a cat behaviorist or veterinarian and my statements are all from my own experiences and online research. The Kitty Corner is just for fun and general knowledge provided for our fellow kitty parents. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Cocokitty’s customer service team: customersvc@coco-kitty.com.