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Detecting Illness in Cats

Unfortunately, cats can't tell us where or when it hurts. Some symptoms and behaviors are obvious: diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, runny nose or eyes, and trouble using the litter box. There are other, more subtle, physical and behavioral indications that a visit to the vet might be in order.

Take note if your cat does any of the following:

  • Misses more than one meal
  • Shows a sudden change in eating habits
  • Stops using the litter box
  • Has a distant, depressed look in his or her eyes
  • Develops puffiness or a lump under the skin
  • Hides for more than a day
  • Becomes suddenly short-tempered or intolerant of attention
  • Shakes his or her head frequently
  • Changes his or her routine or loses interest in his or her favorite games
  • Stops grooming

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