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Warning Signs That Your Cat is Sick

April 15, 2016

We probably don’t have to tell you that our feline friends are, well, a bit quirky. Kitties play by their own rules, and definitely keep us smiling with their cute habits and silly mannerisms. While most of Fluffy’s unique characteristics are quite adorable, one that is more serious is the fact that cats often hide signs of illness. You may not even notice your beloved pet isn’t feeling well until she’s very sick. Therefore, it’s very important for pet parents to know what to look for. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and the surrounding areas, a vet discusses signs of illness in cats.

Unkempt Fur

While healthy cats take time each day to groom themselves, sick kitties often forego their usual habits. If Fluffy is sick and she neglects her beauty ritual, her fur may appear greasy, matted, or unkempt.


Just like people, kitties often don’t feel very sociable when they’re ill. Fluffy may retreat to a secluded spot under the bed or in a closet, and may not want to emerge, even when called.

Changes In Vocalizations

Cats sometimes meow differently if they don’t feel well. A quiet cat, for instance, may start meowing constantly, while a chatty kitty may fall silent. Watch for changes in Fluffy’s normal day-to-day vocalizations.

Change In Appetite/Thirst

We know, cats can be a bit finicky, but, even if Fluffy decides that her dinner is unsatisfactory, she should meow for something else. If your furry pal just doesn’t seem interested in dinner, she may be ill. Changes in your kitty’s water intake can also be red flags. Fill your pet’s bowl at the same time each day, so you can keep an eye on how much water she drinks.

Litterbox Trouble

If Fluffy suddenly stops using her litterbox, she could be sick. Straining to urinate is also a red flag, and can signify a serious medical emergency.


People often get a bit cranky when they don’t feel well. Kitties are no different! If your feline friend is sick, she may not want to be touched or petted, and may even hiss at you.

Does your cat have any of these symptoms? Call Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and the surrounding areas, to set an appointment with your vet.