The more you know, the more well prepared you will be to keep your feline happy and healthy—you may even save his/her precious life. .
Sometimes sickness wallops without any warning signs, but more often there are little warning signals along the way that say something is wrong. If your cat has a health problem and you know what to watch for, you will be able to identify the symptoms and get help must more rapidly. This is extremely important because the sooner you start treatment; the better the chances are of recuperation.
There are certain symptoms that you should always be on the lookout for – and they should never be ignored. If you were to call your local emergency clinic and report these symptoms, they would most likely tell you that it was an emergency situation and recommend that you bring your cat in as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that a sign of a syndrome, not a syndrome in itself. Frequently the same symptom can be a sign of various illnesses
Another sign not to disregard is loss of appetite or not eating at all. Numerous things can cause a cat to lose her/his appetite, and repeatedly it is the first indication that your cat has a serious illness. Not considering of cause, loss of appetite that lasts a day or more can produce a serious blow on an animal’s health.
Another sign to never overlook is trouble urinating. This may include frequent attempts at urination, straining to urinate, urinating outside of the litter box, spending more time than usual in the litter box, and indication of discomfort when urinating. Discomfort may be displayed by excessive licking at the urogenital region, crying out during urination, or focused attention in that area. Core causes include urinary obstruction, which indeed can be life-threatening. In some causes, death ensued, when left untreated, in as little as 36 hours.
Weight loss should never be discounted. Express drops in weight typically occur when the body employs and/or excretes calories and nutrients more rapidly than the organism can take them in. Be alert of your cat’s weight and recurrently check it, because a seemingly tiny change could be a significant symptom. When a cat loses over 10 percent of her/his normal body weight excluding fluid loss–the change is considered clinically significant. Weight loss can have many causes, some of which are exceedingly serious.
Breathing problems can point to respiratory distress, (dyspnea), is labored difficult breathing. When your feline has trouble breathing she/he may not be able to get enough oxygen to her/his tissues. Breathing problems can be associated with heart failure or the buildup of fluid (edema) in the lungs or the chest cavity (pleural effusion). This is a dreadfully serious symptom that should be evaluated instantly by a veterinarian. Trouble breathing can be an indication of trauma, heart failure, lung diseases like pneumonia, bleeding into the chest cavity, and more. Never ignore it.
Jaundice or icterus, portrays the yellow color taken on by the body’s tissues because of elevated levels of bilirubin, a matter that comes from the breakdown of red blood cells. There are many causes for jaundice but despite the cause, it is considered uncharacteristic and serious.
Never wait out these serious symptoms. You are responsible to give your cat the best life possible.