How will I know that my cat is sick?


Sometimes, your cat may have a weird behaviour: it gets dirty all the time, does not go to its litter or it does not want to eat. It may be a sign of an illness troubling it since a few days. But how to control a cat’s health? What are the alarming signs? Follow our guide to know the most common cats’ diseases.


A sick cat’s symptoms

There are signs which are obvious to understand that your cat is not feeling well or is sick. First of all, check its teeth to see if there is an inflammation, especially if it does not eat or behaves in a strange way.

Other signs which indicate that your cat is not feeling well: it meows more than usual, do not do its business in its litter, shows rapid weight loss or weight gain. You can also check if it has a running nose or if it seems tired and less playful.

The most common cats’ diseases:

- The cat’s leukaemia virus: It is a retrovirus which attacks the cat’s immune system. This virus transmissible among cats is fatal and the symptoms are difficult to identify before it is too late. Fortunately, a vaccine against feline leucosis exists.

- The feline calicivirus: it is a respiratory infection, viral and with no specific remedy. The symptoms are fever, a running nose and conjunctivitis. A vaccine exists but does not ensure a 100% protection. This virus is not dangerous if the cat is more than three-years-old.

- The feline’s diabetes: Just like humans, cats may have diabetes and lack insulin. The consequence: an increase in blood sugar which may entailed health problems. The signs are: an increased thirst, urinary hyperactivity, weigh gain. The treatment is a simple insulin therapy.

- Taenia or the heart’s worm: Those worms are a risk for the animal but also for man. Taenia can be transmitted by rabbits, birds or rodents through their droppings. The signs of an infected cat are: white spots in its droppings. This contamination must be treated urgently as the worm reproduces and is transmitted quickly.

Finally, the three advices to follow to avoid those illnesses are to keep your cat at home, to vaccinate it and to neuter it. Most of serious diseases come from exterior contamination through stray and non-vaccinated cats.