It is important for all owners to recognize cat symptoms which will put their cat in a dangerous position whether it is just a flu virus or even a fatal virus such as FIVI. A cat is just like a member of the family and to have a member of the family feeling unwell is not the best! So what exactly are the cat symptoms to look out for?
Top most common cat symptoms to look out for:
This can be identified once you hear it. Just like a human, cat coughs may vary from dry hacking to wet coughs. Coughs may come with other cat symptoms such as a wet runny nose or even a fever.
Causes; the most common cause of feline coughs is Chronic Bronchitis which produces phlegm when a cat coughs.
Treatment; you will have to go to the vet who will then diagnose the cat who may use x-ray treatment to examine the cat’s lungs.
A lethargic cat that used to be relatively active is a common sign of a sick cat when looking at cat symptoms! Although not all lethargic cats are definitely sick, there is a higher probability that it is.
Causes; Chronic Inflammation or infection, anaemia or other blood related disorders, heart problems or respiratory problems.
Treatment; the best treatment for this would be to go to the local vet to have your cat diagnosed if the problem persists after 2-3days. This would mean that your cat is not lethargic due to being sleepy but most likely because it is unwell!
Fevers may be primary signs of a secondary disease as seen in many cat symptoms. Not all cats with a dry nose have a fever as it may be due to the change in surroundings or just the temperature in the surroundings. Cat symptoms are far trickier than you think they are! When a cat is shivering, lethargic, dehydration and has rapid breathing, it is very likely that the cat has a fever.
Causes; Inflammation, Infection, Immune system deficiency, cancer.
Treatment; fever is diagnosed using a thermometer whereby it refers to the rectal temperature. You can take the rectal temperature by yourself, however, if the temperature ranges from 38°C or higher, you have to take your cat the vet to be checked on. When at the vet, tell the veterinarian what cat symptoms you had detected.
These are the most common cat symptoms throughout the feline species. If you have any further complications, do not hesitate to ring up the local vet and request a question and answer session concerning your detected cat symptoms.