Cats can be incredible pets. They can be loving and aloof in the same minute, and they have interesting personalities that are all their own. You love your cat and want to take good care of your pet, so they have a long, healthy, and happy life. However, cats are just like any other animal in that they can develop health problems. It is important that you understand some of the most important signs that your cat needs to visit the vet clinic.
Cats will occasionally vomit, and they will cough up hair from grooming themselves. However, if the cat is repeatedly vomiting, it can be an indication of a serious health problem. Whether the cat is still eating and drinking normally, or if they have stopped eating and drinking, you should contact the vet. If they have a massive change in their appetite, or if they are not urinating, you will want to get the cat to the vet clinic ASAP.
Dragging the Back Legs
Cats that have heart disease could develop a complication called aortic thromboembolism. This is a blood clot that can lodge in the back legs of the cat and that can cause paralysis. If your cat is dragging their back legs and they aren’t just stretching, you will want to get them to the vet clinic.
Lumps or Growths
In some cases, the lumps or growth that you feel on your cat could simply be tufts of fur that have knotted together. Other times an actual lump might be present but harmless. However, it could also be a tumour or another problem. Always get these checked out at the vet clinic. The vets will be able to check the lump or growth and they may do a biopsy. This can help them to determine whether it is malignant or benign.
Discharge from the Eyes or Nose
Discharge coming from the nose and/or eyes of the cat could be a sign of a respiratory infection. This is often the case when the discharge is accompanied by problems breathing. The discharge could also be signs of other types of infection. For example, if they have a scratch near the nose or eyes that is infected, it will need to be treated.
If there are changes in the habits of using the litterbox, it could be signs of a problem. If they seem to be straining or yowling/crying while using the litterbox, they could have obstruction. Urinary obstruction in a cat can be fatal. Any strange behaviour around the litterbox should be considered a potential health problem.
These are not the only signs that you should bring your cat to the vet, but they are some of the most common. If you have any suspicions that there is anything wrong with your cat, don’t wait to get them the help they need. Contact the local vet clinic and bring them in as soon as you can.