To you, your kitty is your baby, fur child, or at the very least a beloved companion. The love of a cat may seem finicky, but there is nothing better than when they curl up on your lap for a cuddle session and you hear their purr.
Unfortunately, because your feline friend cannot verbally communicate when something is wrong, it is up to you to recognize cat emergencies. We’re going to take a look at a few signs that your four-legged friend needs veterinary assistance ASAP.
Keep reading for more information!
Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea
There are probably only a few people in the world that take pleasure cleaning up cat vomit or liquid feces. While these issues will occur from time to time, it is important to note the frequency.
If you are finding that your cat is constantly expelling these unpleasant liquids from either end, you need to get your fur baby to a vet quickly. Aside from the fact that cleaning up after them is tiresome, the cat is rapidly losing needed fluids and could become dehydrated.
If a feline has gotten into something that is poisonous to cats, treating it quickly could mean the difference between life and death. Additionally, if you notice blood in either the stool or vomit, take immediate action.
Panting or Excessive Breathing
Just like humans, cats need air to live. When the airway is obstructed or they are not receiving enough oxygen, it can be fatal–and fast!
While it is possible to perform CPR on your kitty to keep them breathing, it is imperative to see a veterinarian.
You may notice a cat panting in high-stress situations such as riding in the car or when introduced to an anxiety-inducing circumstance. They may also pant if they are dehydrated and need water. However, this is not a symptom to take lightly!
Problems Eating and Drinking
After a stressful event, a cat may refrain from eating or drinking. They may also do so because their stomach is upset. However, if you notice this behavior for more than a day, it could be indicative of kidney failure, an intestinal obstruction, or issues with diabetes.
Kittens, like human babies, will lose their baby teeth to make room for their adult teeth. They may be sensitive to hard food and you may notice a little blood on their toys.
However, if the blood persists or your cat is into adulthood, the blood could be a sign of various teeth and gum diseases. This is especially true if preventative dental care has not been routine.
These dental diseases may not be considered a ‘cat emergency,’ but should be addressed during your next trip to Blais Veterinary Hospital & Clinic.
Cat Emergencies and Judgement Calls
No one knows your cat as well as you do. It’s likely that you spend plenty of time playing and loving on him. This means that you know his behavior, eating, drinking, and litterbox habits. It also means that you know when something isn’t right.
If you feel as though your four-legged friend is experiencing any of these cat emergencies, don’t hesitate to call your local vet! For more information on feline sickness, check out this blog!