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10 Common Signs of Feline Illness. (When it’s Time to Visit the Vet)

If you notice any of these symptoms or any other behaviors in your cat, please contact your veterinarian for an appointment.

1. Inappropriate Elimination

  • Urinating outside of the box
  • Defecating outside of the box
  • Increase or decrease in urination
  • Urinating more frequently

2. Changes in Interaction

  • Isolation
  • Demanding more attention

3. Lethargy

  • Sleeping more
  • Decrease in usual activity

4. Decreased or increased appetite
5. Decreased or increased water intake
6. Unexplained weight loss or gain
7. Changes in grooming

  • Lack of grooming
  • Patches of hair loss
  • Greasy skin
  • Red, irritated skin

8. Signs of stress

  • Depression (hanging head, unresponsive)
  • Restlessness (an increase in usual activity)
  • Isolation

9. Changes in vocalization

  • Howling
  • Crying in the litter box

10. Bad breath