How To Deal With Cat Illness
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When you bring a cat into your home, it’s probably with the intention of keeping them around for a good while. While cats are notorious for their ability to fend for themselves in the wild, they don’t tend to live very long as domesticated house pets. This is largely because cats have an innate distrust of humans and their artificial environments; that combined with their tendency to keep mostly to themselves and hide from potential predators makes them susceptible to contracting diseases and viruses. However, if you take proper precautions and maintain a clean environment, your cat should remain disease-free for many years. But things don’t always go according to plan. Even the most responsible pet owners can be caught unawares when it comes to feline illness or injury. Fortunately there are some simple things you can do to help deal with cat illness if you catch it early enough. Read on for more information...
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How to tell if your cat is sick
If you want to be able to help your cat if they become ill, you need to be able to tell when they’re not feeling well. There are a number of different signs you can look out for that indicate illness in your cat. - Lethargy - This is one of the first signs of illness in cats. Similarly to how we feel when we’re sick, a sick cat will feel lethargic and drowsy. This is because their bodies are trying to conserve energy in order to fight off the illness. - Not eating - Your cat’s stomach is sensitive, and it can be easily irritated by certain foods. A simple upset stomach can cause them to stop eating for a short period of time. However, if this continues for several days and your cat is otherwise lethargic, you can likely assume they have some sort of illness. - Changes in behavior - While cats may not be the most communicative animals, they do have some behaviours that indicate how they’re feeling. Some cats, for example, have been known to “talk” in their sleep when they’re sick. This is because their brains are having trouble focusing and shutting out the noises around them.
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Tips for helping your cat feel better
- Rest - The first thing you need to do when your cat becomes ill is get them to rest. This doesn’t mean you should force them to sleep all day, but they should definitely be kept away from loud noises and other cats. - Feed them healthily - While your cat might not enjoy it if they’re sick, you should still try to get them to eat something. If they don’t eat, they’re likely to become dehydrated and this will only worsen their condition. - Keep the area clean - If your cat becomes ill, it’s likely they’ll start to soil the area where they sleep and rest. This can be harmful to them and you, so you need to keep the place clean.
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What to do if you’re not able to catch the illness early
If you catch your cat’s illness early enough, you can likely treat them yourself with the help of a veterinarian. However, if the illness has progressed to the point where your cat has stopped eating and is having trouble breathing, you need to get them to a vet as soon as possible. The sooner you can get them treatment, the better the chance they have of recovering. You can try to treat the illness at home using over the counter medications and vitamins. However, it’s important to keep in mind that cats react differently to humans, and that what works for us may not necessarily work for them.
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Cats are a lot less resilient than dogs, and they can be especially vulnerable to illness. It’s important to be able to recognize symptoms of cat illness and know what to do if your pet becomes sick. If you can catch the illness early enough, you may be able to treat it at home with the help of a vet.