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What signs of illness is your cat hiding from you?

August 27, 2013

At West Kendall Animal Hospital, wellness care for all pets is one of the core principles of “a lifetime of care.” The American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2012 Sourcebook tells us that cats visit the veterinarian on average less than once per year compared to the average of 1.4 times per year for dogs. Is it that cat owners love their cats any less? Or is it that cat owners simply don’t realize when their cats are not well? It’s the latter, says Heidi Jeter, Director of Communications for the Morris Animal Foundation. “Cats are masters at keeping quiet about illness,” she wrote in an article for Fetch!

Here’s a list that the Morris Animal Foundation provided to help cat owners recognize when their cat may be showing symptoms that require a visit to the vet:

  • Changes in chewing, eating and/or drinking or litter box habits
  • Drastic weight gain or loss
  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Changes in activity level, including sleeping more or hyperactivity
  • Increased vocalization
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Increased urination and/or “accidents”
  • Inability to urinate (Note: This is an emergency situation)
  • Open-mouth breathing; rapid, shallow panting
  • Grooming less or grooming one area excessively
  • Acting out of character

If any of these are causing you concern, please call West Kendall Animal Hospital and we’ll be happy to promptly schedule an appointment for your cat. Not having a problem? That’s great, but remember that routine wellness visits are your most valuable resource when it comes to maintaining your cat’s excellent health.

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