One of the many reasons we love cats is that aloof, mysterious nature that leaves us wondering what they are thinking. However, the traits that make them such interesting companions can also cause them to mask some of the subtle clinical signs of illness. While some of these behaviors are frequently mistaken for fussiness, spite, or personality quirks, they are often indicators of illness or disease. This month, we will take a look at some of the most common signs of trouble with our fabulous felines.
Changes in Activity or Interaction
When normally clingy kitties become secretive or detached, or when more independent cats transform into “Velcro pets”, they may be dealing with undiagnosed pain or illness. Similarly, an increase or decrease in activity, and/or sudden changes in a cat’s routine, can be signs of an underlying medical condition.
For example, arthritis in cats is far more common than originally thought. Spirited seniors may turn into couch potatoes simply because they are in pain. Joint supplements and a course of Adequan are just some of the options available for managing feline arthritis.