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Emergency Symptoms in your Cat


cat-emergency.jpgIf 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 well.


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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