Danger Signals for a Sick Cat

Beth Adelman
by Beth Adelman
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It is not always easy to detect illness in your cat. You must look for subtle signs that may indicate a potential problem.

  • Call your veterinarian if you notice:
  • Constipation or diarrhea lasting for longer than 48 hours
  • Refusal to eat for more than 24 hours
  • Vomiting, gagging, sneezing, or coughing repeatedly
  • Gasping or shortness of breath
  • Looking or acting sick (red, watery eyes; dull, rough coat; sluggishness; abnormal hiding)
  • Progressive weight loss over a period of two to four weeks, or a slow but steady weight loss over a longer period
  • Reddened or swollen gums due to accumulated tartar or loose or infected teeth (usually accompanied by problems with eating)
  • Drinking or urinating excessively
  • Straining to urinate