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5 Common Signs of Sickness in Kitties

March 15, 2016

Do you know how to tell if your cat is sick? When Fluffy is sick, she can be quite secretive about the fact that she doesn’t feel well. In fact, it’s a natural instinct for cats to mask signs of illness or weakness. This is because, in the wild, showing symptoms of sickness could attract dangerous predators. It’s no wonder that this instinctive behavior is so deeply ingrained in our feline friends. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for pet parents to realize something is wrong. Read on as a Tipp City, OH vet lists some signs of illness in kitties.

Poor Grooming

Healthy cats will spend time each day grooming themselves and making sure that pretty fur stays soft and clean. If Fluffy doesn’t feel well, she may forego her regular beauty rituals, and it won’t take long for the neglect to become apparent. Greasy, matted, or dull fur can all be indicative of illness in kitties.

Change In Appetite/Behavior/Vocalization

Kitties may be full of adorable quirks, but at the end of the day, most of our feline friends are creatures of habit. Any changes in Fluffy’s appetite, behavior, or vocalization can be a red flag. For instance, if your normally-cuddly cat suddenly doesn’t want to be touched, she could be sick.


Just like people, cats often don’t feel very sociable when they’re ill. If Fluffy doesn’t feel well, she may retreat to a spot under the bed or in the closet. Of course, it’s worth noting that cats do sometimes like taking naps in quiet places. However, your pet should come out by dinnertime, yawning and perhaps meowing for her supper.

Litterbox Issues

When you’re cleaning your kitty’s litterbox, keep an eye out for changes in the amount, texture, or color of her waste, as these could be indicative of health issues. If you see your cat straining to urinate, or if she stops using her box, call your vet immediately: this could be an indication of a medical emergency.


While the occasional hairball may be normal, frequent or excessive vomiting is most certainly not. Contact your vet immediately if Fluffy is throwing up.

If your cat shows any of these symptoms, or just isn’t acting like herself, please contact us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, right away. The sooner an issue is diagnosed and treated, the better!

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