Cats are absurd creatures. We love them because they are fluffy, sassy, cuddly, and take less upkeep than dogs and children. However, health emergencies can come out of the blue and surprise us with our fluffy kitty. Vet bills can also be expensive, so when do you take them in? How do you know when it’s just a hairball or something worse? Here are what we think are things to look out for with your cat. Remember this is not a be-all-end-all-list. We encourage you to call your vet if you have any questions or are on the fence. Don’t just take advice from the internet 😉 We do however encourage you to keep reading, so you can be aware of what may be signs of a larger issue at hand with Mr. Flufferbutter
Difficult or labored breathing
Cats can make all sorts of sounds, from meowing, hissing, and panting after running. Gallant Bloom shares a few things to notice when it comes to your cat’s breathing, that are different than normal. If you notice any of these things call your vet to figure out what your next steps should be.
- Short and/or uneven breaths
- Raspy breathing or wheezing
- Inability to breathe at all (check mouth for obstruction)
- Very rapid breathing
- White or blue gums (indicative of lack of blood flow)
Maybe your cat ate a bad rat, or maybe it’s something worse. Sometimes cats throw up because of an upset stomach, but if they are repeatedly vomiting, it might be more than a simple stomach bug. Pet Central gives us this tip: “If your cat appears to be stable and not in distress, a few episodes of vomiting can generally wait for a vet visit in the morning. However, it is an emergency if your cat is uncomfortable, appears bloated, is gagging or is vomiting quite frequently.”
Other signs you should take your cat to the vet
-Seizures: Seizing could be anything from an illness to something wrong in their brain. Go get them checked out immediately
-Collapsing: If your cat collapses and refuses to move go take them in.
-Your Cat ingested poison: Even if you aren’t sure how much they ate/drank. Better safe than sorry. Do not induce vomiting on your own.
-Bites: If your cat is bit by another cat or animal take them in. Think of bites like an ice pick, on the surface it could be a tiny puncture, but if you wave a ice pick back and forth it can cause a lot of damage.
-Eye injuries: If your cat is limping, you can give it a day, but if something is wrong with their vision that can be harder to heal on it’s own and is worth taking your cat to the vet.
Transporting a Sick Cat
When my pet Cosmo was bit by another animal, he was not about to go into a kennel because he was injured. Your cat may feel the same. The VCA Animal hospital shares an idea to keep your cat’s stress to a minimum when bringing them in, “To safely move or transport an injured cat, use a suitable container such as a strong cardboard box or a cat carrier (remove the top for easy and safe access to the carrier; DO NOT push an injured cat through the small door or opening). Place a blanket or thick towel over the patient.”
We hope this helps of things to look out for when your cat is acting funny. If you still aren’t sure call your vet! That is what they are there for and they can give you reliable advice you can trust, and since they know your cat, they can give you the best tips for the next steps. Have you taken your cat to the vet before in an emergency? Share your story with us below! You can also subscribe to our newsletter for fun updates, articles and cat facts HERE! Questions? Comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org