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Is my cat sick? Signs & Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Is my cat sick? Signs & Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Cats will have changes in their behavior or energy level when they're sick, although they may be hard to detect. Our Memphis vets discuss some serious signs that shouldn't be ignored.


When should I bring my cat to the vet?

Cats are particularly clever at hiding pain or illness, so you'll have to observe your cat carefully. While it may only be a passing bout of indigestion or a cold, it's also possible that your cat has a serious condition that needs medical care.

Read below for signs of critical illness that require a visit to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation (especially if there appears to be pain)
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in appetite (decreased or increased)
  • Weight changes
  • Increased thirst
  • Breathing issues, or changes in breathing
  • Discharge (eyes or nose)
  • Hair loss or skin irritation
  • Blood in the urine
  • Changes in personality (if your cat is normally playful but has stopped)

When it's an Emergency 

There are some symptoms that shouldn't wait for an appointment. If you notice any of the following, you should bring your cat to the closest open veterinarian clinic, or an Emergency vet, immediately.

If you're unclear if a situation is an emergency, you can call us and we can help you decide.

  • Indications of severe pain (typically accompanied by loud crying or aggression)
  • Seizure
  • Trauma
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Discolored gums (blue, grey, white, pale with no color)
  • Bleeding that is moderate to extreme
  • Any exposure to poison
  • Vomiting blood
  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
  • Unable to walk or signs of dizziness
  • Overly high or low temperatures (under 99° or over 104°)

If you're concerned that your cat may be sick, contact our Southeast Memphis vets to book an appointment today.

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