More Reasons Why You Should Get To Know Your Cat

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As all of us cat lovers know that cats can be very secretive about what is bothering them. They tend to be very adept at hiding signs of illness. This is why it is important to observe your pet's normal behavior in order to appreciate the signs of illness sooner rather than later.

Here are a few subtle signs to watch for in order to evaluate when your pet may need to seek medical attention:

  • In most cases any changes in behavior and/or energy level can indicate a disease process. Most age or normal changes to behavior and energy levels occur slowly over time not suddenly. A few behaviors to monitor include:

    • How your cat interacts with you or other pets in your household
    • Changes in your pet's sleeping patterns
    • Changes to where your cat sleeps
    • Hiding/sleeping more
    • Abnormal grooming patterns
  • Changes in your cat's weight when there has been no change in its diet can indicate a disease process. Therefore it is important to monitor how much your pet is eating. Problems can be associated with eating too much or too little, and both changes warrant a trip to the veterinarian.

  • When cats avoid the litter box, this may not just be bad behavior. Sometimes your pet will do this when they do not feel well. Other fun things to watch for in the litter box include changes in the urine and/or fecal production.

  • Halitosis can indicate dental disease or other systemic changes. These are just a few of the signs to monitor.

Any abnormalities that your cat may exhibit should be reported to your veterinarian.

Dr. Jennifer Ivankovig (Dr. Jenny) is an associate at Animal House of Chicago. A graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jenny has a special interest in feline medicine as well as exotics (small mammals and birds).