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Signs Of Sickness In Cats

March 15 2023

Cats are usually pretty hardy pets: these charming balls of fur are very self-sufficient and independent, and are remarkably lithe and agile. However, Fluffy isn’t as invincible as she likes to think. Kitties are quite small, and are vulnerable to many different illnesses and diseases. They also have a tendency to try to mask the signs of illness. That can make it hard to tell if your feline pal is sick. A local Champaign, IL vet lists some of the warning signs to look for in this article. 


To be fair, some of our furry friends are naturally shy. If Fluffy naturally likes to hang out in a corner or under the bed, you may just have a scaredy-cat on your hands. However, if your furball is usually bold and friendly, but suddenly seems uncharacteristically anti-social, there may be something going on with her.

Unkempt Fur 

One great thing about our feline friends is the fact that they are quite clean. Fluffy will take time every day to groom herself and keep her fur soft and clean. However, if she doesn’t feel well, she may not be up to her usual beauty routine. If that happens, it won’t take long for her fur to show the neglect.

Change In Appetite

Fluffy is known for being a bit finicky. However, if she simply doesn’t like what you put in her bowl, she may just turn her little nose up at it and meow to demand something different. However, if she doesn’t have any interest in dinner, there may be something wrong with her. A sudden increase in appetite may also be a cause for concern. 

Tummy Troubles

While the occasional hairball is, unfortunately, purr for the course for many kitties, frequent vomiting is definitely not normal. Diarrhea is another red flag. 

Litterbox Issues 

Pay attention to what you find in Fluffy’s litterbox. Anything that seems off about the color, amount, smell, or texture of your furry pal’s waste is something to consult your vet about right away. 

Respiratory Issues 

Your feline buddy should breathe smoothly and quietly … when she isn’t purring or meowing about something. Gasping, wheezing, rasping, and coughing are all causes for concern. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your kitty’s health or care. As your Champaign, IL animal clinic, we’re always happy to help! 

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