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Signs That Your Cat Isn’t Feeling Well

May 15, 2021
Cats certainly are quirky little furballs. Fluffy may be purring and cuddly one moment, and bite you the next. Of course, kitties are notoriously hard to read when it comes to letting on that they are sick. That’s why you need to know what to look for! In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet lists some signs that Fluffy isn’t feeling well.


Kitties sometimes like to curl up in quiet, out-of-the-way spots for some of their 43 daily naps. Fluffy can also be a bit timid, and may hide when things are noisy or busy. That said, if your pet seems to be hiding more than usual, she may be sick.

Breathing Issues

Coughing, gasping, wheezing, or rapid breathing are all signs that something isn’t right. Respiratory issues can escalate rapidly in our feline pals, so it’s important to take these red flags seriously.


It’s not uncommon for kitties to occasionally get hairballs. However, frequent or violent vomiting are different stories. Contact your vet immediately if you notice these issues.

Lack Of Appetite

Our feline overlords can be a bit finicky at times. However, if Fluffy doesn’t like what you offer, she should still meow to demand something different. A cat that isn’t interested in food at all may be ill.

Poor Grooming

Kitties are pretty diligent about keeping up with their beauty rituals, but Fluffy may not be up to her usual routine if she isn’t feeling well. If your kitty is sick, she may neglect her coat. It will soon start looking greasy, unkempt, and/ or tangled.

Uncharacteristic Behavior

Kitties are small, but they do have some very distinct purrsonalities. Pay attention to changes in your feline buddy’s demeanor or behavior. If Fluffy is usually cuddly and playful, but suddenly starts acting aloof and cranky, there may be something other than cattitude going on.

Litterbox Troubles

It’s important for you to pay attention to what you find in Fluffy’s litterbox. Changes in the color, smell, amount, or texture of your furry pal’s waste can be signs of serious medical issues. It’s also a red flag if your cat starts avoiding her powder room, or seems to be straining to go. Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Call us! As your local Savannah, GA animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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