Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Sick Cat- Part 2

This month, we are examining the subtle signs of illness in cats and how they are often overlooked by their caregivers.  Let’s take a look at another “weird cat behavior” that can actually be a sign of trouble.

Changes in Eating or Drinking Habits

Contrary to popular belief, cats are not naturally finicky eaters.  Be mindful of changes such as an increase or decrease in your cat’s appetite.  Cats who suddenly refuse to eat dry, crunchy foods, or who beg for softer foods and treats may be dealing with dental anomalies that can lead to life-threatening health problems.  

Bad breath can be a sign of trouble as well.  An unexplained increase in appetite can be a sign of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or other health problems; losses or gains in weight should be treated as a problem.  Drinking more or less can also indicate the early onset of diabetes, urinary tract infections, or kidney disease.