Feline Care and Wellness Information
Our feline companions are often difficult to read when it comes to their daily health. As most cats spend the majority of their days sleeping, a change in activity level is often hard to detect. Most cats sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day. The older your cat is the more it many nap. Signs to look for that may indicate that your pet is not feeling well include changes in:
- Appetite (either decreased or increased)
- Changes in stool (loose, dry, mucous, blood or change in frequency or location)
- Changes in urination (increased or decreased volume or frequency, location, color, smell, blood, straining at urination or paying increased attention to the urethral area).
- Weight change (increased or decreased)
- Lethargy or avoidance of their normal social areas
- Skin/Fur changes (scabs, overgrooming, crusts, itching)
- Vomiting (whether associated with hair, grass, food, early morning, or repeated dry heaving).
- Drinking (increased).
- Change in breath or chewing patterns.
If your cat is demonstrating any of these symptoms we would recommend that she/he be brought in for a physical examination. The following pages are a few of the most common feline diseases that we see. None of the information is meant as a replacement for veterinary diagnostics or treatment.