Cats are elusive animals, often leaving their human companions to wonder what they are thinking and feeling. This can make it easy to miss the signs that your cat is sick or in pain. When a cat isn’t feeling his best, his instinct is to hide his symptoms, but there are still some signs that can indicate something is wrong. If you notice any of the following changes in your cat, it’s time to take a trip to the vet to explore underlying causes for these behaviors.
Hiding and Avoiding Attention
Some cats are known to hide when guests are in the house, but most kitties will come searching for their owners to get attention throughout the day. If your cat has been avoiding you, other pets, or any outside attention, this could be an indication that he is sick or experiencing pain. If your cat hisses or bites when you pet a specific area, it could be a sign of an injury in that spot.
Reduced Grooming Habits
Cats are meticulous self-groomers. So, if your cat suddenly stops maintaining his coat, you know there may be a problem. Alternatively, you may notice overgrooming in a particular area, such as one paw where the cat has chewed away most of the fur surrounding an injury.
Many cats will purr and meow to get their humans’ attention. However, if you notice that your cat won’t stop meowing, purring, or otherwise making noise, he is probably trying to alert you that something is wrong.
Failure to Use the Litter Box
The occasional accident isn’t much to raise alarm about, but if your cat is regularly missing the litter box, it may be due to an illness or injury causing discomfort. Vomiting and loss of appetite are other signs of gastrointestinal distress to look for in your cat.
When your feline friend needs veterinary care, Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale can provide unparalleled care. We treat our patients like they are members of our own family, so give us a call at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment.