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How to Know If Your Cat Is Sick

Learn how to know if your cat is sick from board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, DVM in this Howcast video.

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Have you ever wondered how you can tell if your cat is sick? You are not alone, it can actually be difficult because cats are really great at hiding if they are ill or not. But there are important things that you can pay attention to that will give you a heads up early. One thing to watch out for is whether your cats grooming habits change.

If your cat is normally fastidious and suddenly is looking a little rough around the hair coat that is a sign your cat might be under the weather.If your cat suddenly stops eating or decreases there water intact those are signs that something may not be feeling comfortable for that cat. Some cats when they are sick may urinate or defecate outside the box.

If you find urine or feces somewhere outside the box that isn't typical for your cat that is another sign that you should be thinking if your cat is healthy or not. If your cat stops playing the normal way your cat plays or the play decreases or is she is spending most of her time hiding those are also some hallmark signs that your cat might be under the weather. It is really important to keep these things in mind and watch carefully for them because cats often don't shown these signs until the are feeling pretty sick. So if you see them make sure you ,ar least call your veterinarian and probably go in and check things out .

Cats are great for hiding things so it is up to you to keep an eye on them. Those are some things to watch for.

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