If your cats are exhibiting any of the following 5 symptoms, it is important that you seek assistance from your vet as soon as possible.
Lethargy refers to a lack of energy or inactivity and can be one of the signs of cats being sick. It often goes along with pain and/or fever and can cause cats to isolate themselves and even refuse to eat or drink. There are many health conditions that can lead to lethargy in cats, from arthritis, to heartworm and more.
Discoloured gums and bad breath
Cats' gums can reveal a lot about their health. The gums should be pink when healthy and different coloured gums can represent a wide variety of problems. Also, bad breath can be an indicator of everything from liver disease and diabetes to tooth and gum problems. Brush your cats' teeth every day and check under the gums. If your cats' breath does not improve after regular brushing, consult your vet to determine if they have any underlying medical conditions.
Litter box problems
Cats' use of the litter box is a good indicator of well-being. If your cats make frequent trips to their litter box or show signs of pain near the litter box, they could be suffering from urinary tract infections. Cats get urinary tract infections (UTIs) when there is a bacterial infection in their bladder or urethra and when those parts get infected or obstructed, your cats won't be able to urinate normally. Call your vet right away. Read more about litter box issues & solutions here!
Changes in appetite and weight
If there is a sudden or dramatic change in the daily amount of food your cats are consuming, it may be a sign that they are sick. Weight change can also be another sign of sickness in cats and diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, hyperthyroidism and parasite infection. So putting your cats on a regular feeding schedule not only helps establish a routine, it helps you see deviation from the norm.
Changes in grooming
Cats that are sick or in pain will often lose the energy to groom themselves. Patches of hair loss or dull or greasy coats can signal an underlying disease. Pay attention to your cats' fur and make dietary adjustments as needed. Excessive grooming can indicate skin problems, such as allergies or fleas.