It can be hard to tell if your cat is developing health issues and if it’s time to consider pet insurance for cats. They often show signs, sometimes very subtle, that something might be off. Taking note of your cat’s typical routine can leave you better equipped to notice these changes. In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of top signs your cat might not be feeling its best and if it’s time for a check-up.
Signs Of Stress
If you notice that your cat has been whining, crying, and meowing at you more than normal, this could be a sign that they are in distress. Another sign could be them being more destructive than normal. At the end of the day, if you feel your cat is acting differently, follow your gut. With our pet wellness plans, you can bring your cat to a licensed veterinarian without stressing about the additional cost!
Change In Litter Box Behavior
If your cat starts peeing outside the litter box or starts whining and straining when peeing, this could be a potential sign of urinary obstruction. This can be common in male cats. Any unusual activity in, or around, the litter box could be your cat trying to tell you they are uncomfortable.
We’ve all had our cats vomit on our brand new rug or freshly cleaned sheets. For cats, occasional vomiting is normal, particularly hairballs from their frequent baths. If your cat is still eating, drinking, and using the litter box normally, but vomiting more than usual, call your vet to schedule a check-up. However, if your cat stops eating, drinking, or using the litter box in combination with vomiting, this could be considered a serious illness and medical emergency.
Kitties love their catnaps! Having a low-energy cat itself is not usually something to worry about. However, if your cat is extremely tired and can’t bring themselves to get up and do their normal routine, or if they start sleeping in odd spots, this could be a sign they are in distress.
Change In Appetite
If your cat all of a sudden does not want their usual food, or just doesn't seem interested in food at all, this could be a sign something is wrong. Maybe your cat seems to be starving all the time and wants to eat everything in sight, this could also be a sign of an undiagnosed health issue.
This is a more obvious symptom. This could be caused by aortic thromboembolism, which is a complication that can develop in cats with heart disease. In this condition, a blood clot becomes lodged in their back legs, causing paralysis and distress. This is extremely serious and you should bring your cat to the vet right away.
Our pet insurance plans can cover the emergency care vet bill, offering you that peace of mind. Our wellness plan also covers yearly blood work and office visits to try and catch conditions like this early on.
Lumps Or Growths
While petting your cat you might notice a little bump or lump under its fur. A lot of the time a bump under the fur can be completely benign and harmless. But better safe than sorry as sometimes it can turn into something more serious. Lumps can also become quite uncomfortable for your cat in certain areas.
If your cat starts having a hard time breathing or is out of breath more often then it could be an issue. If your cat starts coughing or making any odd noises with its mouth or nose, this should be taken seriously. Respiratory issues can be a symptom of tumors, parasites, respiratory disease, or exposure to toxins.
Discharge From Eyes Or Nose
This can become more normal in aging cats. If they start leaking from their eye or their nose in combination with breathing issues, sneezing, or coughing, they should be checked out. This could be a sign of an infection that could grow to become something life-threatening. Use a warm, damp cloth to clear mucous from their eyes or nose. If your cat's symptoms last longer than the duration of a normal cold (seven to 10 days) bring them to your vet.
After A Fight
Whether a stray jumps into your yard, or if you let your cat roam the neighborhood, the odds are high they will eventually run into another cat. This meeting can turn territorial quickly and the cats could attack, bite and scratch each other. It’s always best to bring your cat to the vet after a fight, even if there are no obvious injuries. Cats can sometimes have internal damage after a fight that could be very serious and cause infections or complications.
If your cat is not usually vocal and instead quiet, meowing could be them telling you they’re in distress. You might be able to get to the root of the issue by making sure the litter is clean and they are eating enough food. If the meowing persists it is worth giving your vet a call or bringing your cat in for a check-up.
Loss Of Fur
Cats are avid groomers, giving themselves multiple baths a day. This can cause some hair loss, and a little bit is normal. However, if you notice circular patches that reveal scaly skin, it could be a symptom of ringworm, a fungal skin infection that can be passed to humans but is easily treated with anti-fungal cream. This could also be a reaction to fleas, which with our wellness plan you can get fleas and ticks taken care of.
At the end of the day, you know your cat better than anyone. If something feels off then follow your gut and call your vet. Usually, they can give you some advice, and if the odd behavior continues, take them in for a check-up. Pet insurance for cats is an awesome way to get some peace of mind for when health issues arise as they age. This also makes emergency vet visits less stressful as you already know the cost is covered, your cat's health is all you need to worry about. Our plans are designed to help make your difficult times a bit less stressful.