Is My Cat Sick?

Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. Learn how to play detective and recognize these warning signs in your cat.

By Marty Becker, DVM, and Janice Willard, DVM

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 The vets insisted it was simply because they were able to catch it so early, Mann continues. I learned from that: Never ignore a symptom from your cat.


No one knows your cat better than you do. You are the best judge of your cats attitude, activity and behavior, says Alice M. Wolf, DVM, professor at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine in College Station, Texas. Because signs of illness can be very subtle, if your cat does not seem right to you, then it is best to err on the side of caution and to make an appointment to take him or her in for a veterinary examination as soon as possible. 

Even though our cats can't talk to us, they have many ways of telling us when something is wrong and they need our help. We just need to give them our full attention using sense and all our senses.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

11/10/2013 6:48:42 AM


Janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/7/2011 10:39:34 AM

important information, thanks

janet    bethlehem, PA

12/14/2009 4:43:04 AM

good article thanks

Marcie    Chicago, IL

11/17/2006 9:44:43 AM

My cat, Bella, is a 6 year Russian Blue. My mother recently had a cold and then suddenly her cold was over, but, then Bella starting sneezing and had some discharge from her nose. Is this just a cold? Can you treat a cold in cats with anything to make her feel better?

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