When is your cat hiding illness or injury?
Posted September 14, 2017
do our best to take care of our feline friends, but sometimes signs
of pain and sickness go unnoticed. Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical
assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, described feline behavior that
could mean an underlying health issue.
“Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is probably due to
survival instinct,” Eckman said. “Most signs of illness or injury
are subtle, including sleeping more than normal; not getting up to
greet you, if that is normal behavior; or laying and sleeping in
the same position for long periods of time.”
Other changes pet owners should be aware of include the cat
withdrawing or being reluctant to be petted. Changes in litter
box habits and vomiting can also indicate underlying issues. In
addition, cat owners should keep an eye on their pet’s food and
water bowl; any changes in appetite and water consumption may mean
their feline friend isn’t feeling well.
Since it can be hard to notice subtle changes in your cat’s
behavior, going to regular veterinarian check-ups can help identify
illness or areas of pain and discomfort before they become a more
serious health concern.
“Your veterinarian will be able to monitor vital signs, such as
temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as check for
weight loss or weight gain,” Eckman said.
As your cat ages, your veterinarian also may recommend
laboratory tests to identify or follow-up on any health
abnormalities, such as frequent urination or a decrease in
Overall, regular veterinarian visits are key in protecting your
cat’s health. Even if your cat seems fine, it is always a good idea
to visit the veterinarian at least once a year.
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