A startling moment for any pet owner is seeing that their baby is in pain. No matter the severity, it’s upsetting to say the least. While spotting symptoms might seem simple, sometimes it can be quite difficult — or a symptom might seem like normal behavior and go undetected by the human eye. While it’s better to be safe than sorry, here are some things to look for:
Similar to your gums, a cat’s will be the same hue of rosy pink. This, of course, indicates that the cat is more than likely to be healthy. However, the minute that you see any discoloration in their gums, this can signal that there is a potential internal health issue on the rise. For example, if a cat’s gums happen to be a shade of yellow, then there’s a potential that they might be experiencing a form of liver disease. The minute your cat’s gums are a different hue, you should take them to the vet right away.
Just like a bird, if your cat’s personality or energy change drastically, then it’s a sign that they might be in pain. Unlike some symptoms, you’ll be able to tell right away if your cat starts to act differently. This can include but is not limited to being constantly tired, being easily irritated, or just not seeming to be motivated. Regardless, a consistent mood change can alert you to something serious down the road.
Not Walking Properly
It’s true: cats can get arthritis, too. Typically when a cat has joint pain, they’ll begin to hobble around your home or start to limp. This is a common sight if your cat is suffering from any limb discomfort. Again, if you happen to see this, it’s crucial to not only bring your cat to the vet immediately but for your vet to weigh out what the joint discomfort could be caused by.
Of course, these are only some of the many signs you can spot when your cat needs to visit their doctor. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or just want to get a physical completed on your cat, then, by all means, don’t delay.
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