If your cat is displaying any of the following symptoms, immediately get
them to the Vet. If you wait for the morning it may be too late.
1. Loss of Consciousness or Non-Responsiveness
If your cat or
kitten suddenly becomes non-responsive when you call their name, pet them or pick them up, or they lose
consciousness, get them to the Vet immediately. There are a number of things that could cause a cat to
lose consciousness, such as a blockage in the throat or poisoning. Non-responsiveness can also include
stumbling, trouble walking, or confusion.
2. Difficulty Breathing or Labored Breathing
Any severe respiratory
problems require immediate attention. Labored breathing can be a sign of extensive fluid build up in the
lungs which can lead to respiratory and cardiac arrest- both of which can be fatal.
3. Yowling as though in Pain and Uncharacteristic Hiding
If your cat
is making sounds you've never heard, or is hiding from you when normally very outgoing, they are in
distress and need immediate assistance. Many cats with bladder obstruction will hide under the bed and
yowl as though their insides are being shredded (which it may feel they are). These signs should not be
ignored or passed off as something else, so get your cat to the vet immediately.
4. Incessant Vomiting
Vomiting that occurs constantly over a 24
period, especially when paired with diarrhea, can cause dangerous levels of dehydration. There are a
number of emergency reasons why your cat may be vomiting, such as intestinal obstruction. If the
obstruction cannot be passed, the cat will often vomit everything they try to eat or drink and emergency
surgery is often necessary to remove the obstruction before the cat begins to weaken.
5. Excessive Drooling
Excessive drooling can by caused by any number
of serious medical problems. Burns to the mouth and tongue from chewing cords, chewing poisonous plants
or chemicals, or eating other dangerous items can all cause drooling. You will need to seek medical
attention to diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes fatal. Other issues such as tumors in the
mouth can also cause excessive drooling, which requires medical assistance to diagnose as
6. Constant Diarrhea
Excessive diarrhea can swiftly deteriorate the
physical condition of any cat suffering from it, especially a kitten. It very quickly dehydrates and
humiliates your pet. It is an underlying cause of a number of serious illnesses or poisoning. If your cat
is suffering from excessive diarrhea, get them to the vet immediately.
7. Abnormal Changes in Gum Coloration
Blue gums indicate respiratory
or cardiac issues as the body struggles to provide blood to the gums to keep them healthy. It is similar
to seeing a child with blue lips or skin.
Pale gums can suggest an iron deficiency that has reached critical stages. Yellow gums are jaundiced and signal
a severe liver problem or other blood related issue. All of these are signs and symptoms of problems that have
reached critical stages and need emergency treatment.
8. High Fever
This one is usually difficult for pet owners to
diagnose. It is often accompanied by increased fluid intake and decreased appetite. If your cat feels
extra warm, their paws are sweaty, and you've noticed the food bowl is fuller than it should be but the
water bowl is empty, get them to the vet. If these symptoms are paired with any of the above concerns
then get them there immediately.
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