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Arlene Sugerman    Mesa, AZ

7/27/2014 12:26:06 PM

My 1 yr old longhair who is always ready to eat, stopped eating and is lethargic. I tried butter and she licked a little but stopped. Just lays on the floor.

Hugo    Queens, NY

4/20/2014 10:51:49 AM

thank you you helped alot & found that our cat might have fever

Joey    Irvine, CA

12/5/2012 12:49:55 PM


CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

12/4/2012 5:12:14 PM

Patricia -- This sounds like a case for a vet. Talk to them about your limited funds and see if there is a payment plan that you can work out. The tinsel could be the problem, but further damage might have occurred. You can also discuss this with other cat owners on our forum at

patricia    kaiser, MO

12/3/2012 10:03:35 AM

please help my nine month old female turkish vans mouth has become swollen top an bottom right side,bottom first then top only in front,have started her on soft warm tuna an can milk she still eats,pottys okay,and is still very playfull,also apply warm compresses,three days ago i pulled out a piece of xmass tinsel from her mouth.i love her very much an i have no funds for a vet your help would be greatley appreciated i am a cat channell member

jenna    freeport, OH

11/19/2012 6:04:42 AM


Janet    Bethlehem, PA

11/15/2012 2:51:39 AM

good information, I noticed my cat was sick when I picked him up and realized he was losing alot of weight.

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

11/12/2012 8:49:47 AM

Frederick -- This could indicate a renal issue, which affects cats as they age. It is a good time to take your cat to the vet, as it might mean a serious issue. LINK Thank you for keeping your cat indoors and taking great care of your senior feline.

Frederick    Roanoke, VA

11/9/2012 10:44:15 AM

My cat Millie is 17, spayed and has always been an inside tabby. She pees a lot and drink a lot. Is that anything to get concerned about?

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

11/9/2012 9:05:35 AM

Kay -- I'm so sorry that your cat is ill. This is a tough time, and I wish you the best in getting help.

This story offers some guidance in finding financial help for vet costs: LINK You can also reach out to other cat owners on our forum, to get advice and leads to assistance: LINK

Best of luck

Kay    Prescott Valley, AZ

11/7/2012 12:58:23 PM

I have a sick cat just found out my cat has cancer on 1 of his gave him maybe 8 mos.she gave him a steroid shot to boost him to eat more.he finally started eatting more today.We have both him n his sister from kittens.we loves our cats they are part of our family.we know 1 day we will have to put down tigger,we can't afford anymore there any groups that help owners pay 4 this.I live in Az.Plz let me know ty

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

10/18/2012 2:33:27 AM

good article, thank you

cruz    L.A., CA

10/16/2012 1:48:00 PM


gg    la, CA

10/14/2012 5:31:02 PM


gg    la, CA

10/2/2012 2:30:44 PM


barbara    canton, PA

9/5/2012 8:11:40 AM

good article thank you

ninja    Aberdeen, NC

8/26/2012 10:15:52 AM

Good info. Common sense too!

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/11/2012 6:43:13 AM

good article, thank you

Sue    Elkmont,, AL

8/6/2012 9:11:26 AM

No... your tips are about kittens... what about cats in general. my cat is 2 years old and it would be helpful to have information about an older cat.

connie    oceanside, CA

7/16/2012 11:30:53 AM

The way I have known that my cats were ill is when they hid under beds, couches, etc, and when "retrieved" immediately went into another hiding place. Sure sign that something is wrong.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

7/6/2012 8:39:24 AM

Melissa -- Cat weight loss is a significant indicator of illness, especially if your cat is eating more but losing weight. Excessive thirst is also a sign of sickness; both sound like they point toward diabetes. Take your cat to the vet to diagnose these symptoms. Good luck

melissa    springfield, OH

7/5/2012 1:30:20 PM

My cat is very lovable and she is always so vibrant but for the last few months she has been drinking water excessively. She urineates as much as she drinks. Her eating habbits have increased a bit. She has lost a little bit of weight but not a lot. She did weigh about 18 lbs, now i would say about 12 to 15 maybe. She is still heavy. What do you think?

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/5/2012 2:53:48 AM

good article, thanks

Anna Blake    Lancaster, PE

6/28/2012 10:16:26 AM

Hmm, good points.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

6/26/2012 2:01:00 PM

Donna, Nancy -- These both sound like cases for vets. Please take your cats in for exams.

donna    nrwnan, GA

6/25/2012 2:54:07 PM

My cat eats and drinks normal, but he seems to be dizzy

Nancy    Middleboro, MA

6/25/2012 6:11:22 AM

My feral cat is 7 years old (adopted her @ 1 year).
Lately she has pooped outside the litter box twice.
Both times in different spots on the carpet. This is recent and wondering if there's a problem. Last time she went to her box & came running out before going on the rug.

gg    la, CA

6/9/2012 7:02:25 PM


Laurie    Covington, LA

6/9/2012 1:35:36 PM

I adopted a Russian Blue kitten (5 months old) from a shelter. She is precious and we love her, however, her toileting habits are a bit strange. She is very good about using her litter box, but never covers her urine or poop. Also, she doesn't clean her butt right away after she poops and often leaves wet stains of feces wherever she sits for a while after she goes. Is she ill? or just needs to grow up a little? Can I help her to change. I show her that she should cover her poop but she doesn't get the idea.

Jessie    San Francisco, CA

5/20/2012 11:21:48 PM

Great article.

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

5/17/2012 5:16:11 PM

Angela, please take your cat to the veterinarian immediately. Your cat could have a serious health problem.

angela    lake, MS

5/11/2012 9:00:16 PM

i got a cat she just had a litter of kitten and she is eating good and drinking but she notice tonite that she has blood in her urine

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/21/2012 11:53:18 AM

good article, thanks

debby    raleigh, MN

4/10/2012 4:38:24 AM

really good points and wish i had this info long time ago.

lou    boston, MA

4/7/2012 4:43:50 AM

good to post or keep with cat records

debby    raleigh, MN

4/4/2012 1:11:12 PM

really good things to know, wish i knew about this CC when i had my cats a long time ago.

debby    raleigh, MN

4/4/2012 1:08:58 PM

really good things to know, wish i knew about this CC when i had my cats a long time ago.

debby    raleigh, MN

3/29/2012 11:03:38 AM

good article for someone to watch out for, sense they can't tell ya whats wrong.

Ann    Newark, NJ

3/13/2012 9:40:52 PM

Good points.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

3/5/2012 8:11:55 AM

Here is an article that might help with information on your cat's smell. LINK

Sheba    Olympia, WA

3/4/2012 6:48:08 PM

I meant to say that I weigh eleven point two pounds.

Sheba    Olympia, WA

3/4/2012 6:45:32 PM

My mommy says that I have an odor to my fur. She adopted me yesterday (SATURDAY) from Concern for Animals. My mommy is SLOWLY changing what I eat. She says the smell is a uriny ammonia smell that is on my fur. I give myself a bath all the time. She is concerned.

She also is concerned that I am too big. I weigh 11.2 pounds. I am 5 years old and am a TORBIE. Torte/Tabby mix. I do not eat very much food and that also has mom concerned.

She is a great mom. She has brushed my fur and got 5 brush loads of fur off of me. It felt so good. I have a litterbox that I use and I am good about not splashing the litter around.

Please Help my mommy know what is going on.

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

2/21/2012 12:51:16 PM

Your vet will best help you treat your cat's ear infection. Please reach out to them for suggestions.

B. Sweet    Springfield, IL

2/20/2012 10:07:55 PM

My cat has developed yeast infection in his ear? What is an easy way for us to treat it? We were given Tresaderm15mi to drop in his ears but he fights us everytime. Is there an easier way?

l    l, LA

2/14/2012 3:05:15 AM

great article

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

2/13/2012 9:15:27 AM

Robert, Cynthia -- Some readers might offer you advice on your concerns, which we hope helps. Our recommendation is that you see your vet. He or she will be the person who can help your cat the most and provide a detailed diagnosis.

Robert    brooklyn, NY

2/11/2012 11:00:47 AM

my cat is 5 years old n has been with fluids coming out of his nose like he has a running nose wat can that mean that he has a cold

Cynthia    Ellsworth, ME

2/10/2012 11:07:20 AM

My 18-yr old female cat has been vomiting almost every time she eats. She is skin and bones and will break into the dog food bag if she feels she has not had enough. She will even take on our huge 8-yr old male cat if there is food involved. All of this is in complete contrast to how she was for the first 17 years. Switched to wet food which helped a little. Still has bowel movements so thinking not obstruction.

I love my cat, but at 18 (88 human years) am wondering if worthwhile to have vet do tests, etc.

Any ideas on what it may be?

JT    Tucson, AZ

2/9/2012 10:40:26 PM

Very good tips.

gg    la, CA

2/5/2012 1:20:35 AM


CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

2/2/2012 11:24:35 AM

Maureen -- If you're asking what to do with your cat, take it to the vet.


2/1/2012 5:39:24 PM


CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

1/31/2012 10:26:58 AM

Jerry -- If your cat is losing weight and has bad breath, this is serious. Please go to your vet and tell him/her that you don't have a lot of money. Your vet might see your cat anyway. Also try a local shelter vet. Good luck.

dayna    easton, PA

1/31/2012 4:23:24 AM

great article

jerry    Reform, AL

1/30/2012 6:29:34 AM

I have an adult (11yrs.) neutered male cat. 2months approx. has suffered severe wight loss and has a pronounced bad odor especially breath. He is my best friend and has carried me through a horrible divorce and a near fatal car accident now i am scared of losing him. I don't have a lot of money and am ashamed and feeling helpless. Any suggestions?

amber v    san diego, CA

1/27/2012 10:14:32 AM

For amber/smalltown

Sounds like your cat was injured outside
An abcesss is what you describe, a common issue with outside cats as even a seemily small scuffle over territory can produce a deadly wound if not treated

You must take your cat to a vet, any vet right away.
The puss must be drained and antibiotics administered to prevent a lethal blood infection,sepsis.

In the future check your cat everytime you let it out for scratches and pour provodone-idone on it, followed my antibitic gel.

Letting your cat out might not be worth it. Imo

Shari    Big Rapids, MI

1/26/2012 6:55:56 AM

All important things to remember to watch for, thank you!

nancy    elkton, VA

1/21/2012 5:12:31 PM

my cat has breathing problems and it sounds like a gargling in his lungs.he also coughs like he's trying to get rid of a hair ball but nothing comes up

Karen    Nebo, NC

1/20/2012 4:59:11 PM

My cat is 7 years old she has been fixed but she is to big. Do I need to put her on a diet? She weighs 15 to 20 pounds.

Amber    smalltown, ME

1/20/2012 12:45:32 PM

I am very worried about my cat she is acting like she always does(running arond,playing,eating and drinking and using her litter box) but she has a huge lump on her side that is hard and its under her skin ,and she cries when i touch it.I would take her to the vet but the the vet is gone right now and wont be back wont be back until febuary 15 which is almost 3 weeks.She is 6 months old and is not yet fixed she is an inside ,outside cat.Anyone know whats wrong with her??????

cat water foutnain    frisco, TX

1/12/2012 9:56:07 AM

It's always better to be safe than sorry. Never hesitate to take your cat to the vet if you think something could be wrong.

Michalle    Portland, OR

1/5/2012 8:57:41 AM

These are very important reasons to take your cat to the vet immediately. After all, pets are family members!

h m    colo sprg, CO

1/3/2012 12:55:51 PM

this site sucks u cant even put your ? on

nancy    Tampa, FL

12/29/2011 7:10:17 PM

trouble walking, back legs are limping and has black spots on tongue.

Renee Heintzman    Waite Park, MN

12/27/2011 6:04:04 PM

My male cat is losing a lot of hair. What could cause that to happen.

someone    somewhere, ID

11/23/2011 7:16:11 PM

good to know!

Linda    Liberty, NY

10/29/2011 2:39:38 PM

my cat has been sleeping in his litter box. What can cause that?

ls    boston, MA

10/25/2011 3:57:14 PM

worth printing a copy and keeping with your cat records

Maria    Trumbull, CT

10/16/2011 7:15:35 PM

Just adopted two 8 week kittens two days ago. They seemed fine, ate well and were playful. Since yesterday, I am noticing the male is not eating or drinking...just curls up and sleeps. He'll go to the food and water, but I haven't seen him eat or drink. I noticed fluid diahrea...HELP~

Paige    San Mateo, CA

10/15/2011 10:14:13 PM

Hello! My female 10 cat has been sick recently.
Now she is throwing up and has diarrhea, and she seems to always be hungry.
What are the signs of a possible poisoning? Or that she might have eaten something that has made sick. Also, how do you recognize and treat a tapeworm in cats?

Karen    CBS, NL

9/20/2011 5:08:59 AM

thanks for all the information.

Olive    Arden, DE

9/14/2011 7:41:56 PM

Thank You for the wonderful information!

Gayle    Austin, TX

9/11/2011 8:46:32 PM

My cat is getting very thin. lulu is almost 2 yrs old, she's an indoor cat mostly. We were out if town for 3 weeks & when we came home there was either diarrhea or throw up several places on the carpet. We have another cat & dont know for sure who did it. Then we found a digested plastic tampon applicator in the litter box. Since we've been home (3 weeks now?) she seems obsessed w plastic. Grocery Bags, tampons, feminine pads, etc. She's scratching on furniture instead of her scratchpad. I haven't observed yet if she's eating, (they ate free feeders) I'm not sure if she's pooping much. & when we first got her she thought our other cat (a senior male) was it's mom I guess cuz it tried nursing all the time. She's done that on & off all this time, but seems to be more obsessed w it now, like she's hungry. Thoughts??

Karie    Ogden, UT

9/11/2011 1:20:21 PM

my cat has a open wound on its back leg right next to its tail it looks like two punchers. I have tried to put cortisone on it but he keeps cleaning it and it seems to be getting worse. Any suggestions?

CatChannelEditor    Irvine, CA

9/7/2011 10:05:25 AM

Jason -- Please see your vet as soon as possible. Four-week-old kittens are very fragile. Our vet expert says you shouldn't hesitate to visit the vet right away. Good luck.

george3/Ceasar    pine bluff, AR

9/5/2011 1:35:44 PM

SA ME THING IN ANYTHING OR ANYONE!!!Give me a break.Don`t play your Readers.

Jason    Alexandria, IN

9/4/2011 6:32:45 PM

I have two kitten that are 4 weeks old their mother some how was poisened one has a little blood in his stool but i do know that she eats alot and it maybe because she is constipated and the other one seems to be getting weaker. is there any type of medication that a child takes when sick that a kitten can without taking them to a vet. i dont have alot of money and i dont want them to die. if i have to ill take them to the vet but plz respond as soon as you can thanks. Jason

Harmony    Sylmar, CA

8/26/2011 3:43:46 AM

We would like to see an article on how to find a good vet. Some don't seem to care about our pets enough. Others are very expensive. What is good way to choose a vet? A lot of us stay local, & I am starting to think thar shopping around & researching ahead of time for both a regular vet & an emergency hospital is better. Just my thoughts right now.

Karen    CBS, NL

7/26/2011 9:26:12 AM

great info. thanks

Donna    Jacksonville, FL

7/25/2011 8:30:50 PM

So sad to lose one so young. I lost a 10 month old on Christmas eve 4 years ago (Charlie actually die on 12/27 because a snow globe he broke contained anti freeze. Every year in his honor I post every where I can to remind pet owners of the danger of snow globe. No one could save him. Charlie wasa beautiful boy, You can see his picture on this site

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/19/2011 5:46:11 AM

good information, thanks

Jane    Bradenton, FL

6/26/2011 9:03:24 AM

Can you publish an article that warns cat owners that lilies are highly toxic and can be fatal to cats if they are eaten. We just lost our 7 month old kitten because he at the stamen from a lily that we had gotten in a floral arangement at the grociery store. If not treated immediately they will have renal failure and die within a week.

Tempest    Alamogordo, NM

6/12/2011 5:05:48 PM

Informative article. Thank you for the newsflash.

Monika    Federal Way, WA

6/12/2011 1:25:01 PM

I think this is really helpfull to know because i have a cat myself

c.beth    mt.carmel, PA

6/3/2011 7:50:43 PM

good information

Christian    Whalahala, MI

5/23/2011 2:27:13 PM

Very helpful.

Karen    CBS, NL

5/12/2011 6:18:44 AM

this was very helpful....thank you

M    O, KS

5/9/2011 10:16:13 PM



meg    Columbia, SC

5/6/2011 3:21:50 AM

Hello all,

My young cat came inside last night with a long scratch right below his eye, I have no clue how it got there! He acts fine but I have never seen such a scratch and am not sure if I should take him to the vet or not? This is not the first time I've found him with scratches on his face but this is the worst scratch so far...any ideas what my kitty keeps getting into outside??

Sandra    Stockton, CA

5/4/2011 1:20:43 PM

Very helpful and informative.

tiger-boy    chatham, NY

4/19/2011 1:15:06 AM

my cat is 20 yrs. old./has always been an indoor cat, for most o his life. we had a emergency visit,
last week , we were told that he had a uti, well, it's been 10 ays since being on antibiotics & am seeing some kind of bein well

Andreia    Elizabeth, NJ

4/10/2011 6:24:01 AM

HI, my name is ANdreia and i am very worried about my cat. Her name is Bella and she is one years old. She became a mommmy very soon but she is fine andsi treating her kittens very well. However, i have been noticing that her bowel movemnets have become frequent and a lot. they also smell. I am a college student and a part time worker so i dont have a lot of money to spend on a vet at this moment;so I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on how to treat Bella. However, i will waste money to make sure the health of Bella is not in danger. Thank you and i hope someone can reply ;)

frances    gibsonton, FL

3/31/2011 7:33:51 PM

what does a warm dry nose on my cat mean?

J    Brownsburg, IN

3/30/2011 8:55:43 AM

My cat once had really red gums, so much so they looked inflamed. I called the vet and asked what might be wrong and whether I should bring my cat in. There were no other symptoms and after a few days his gums returned to their normal color. It was one of those weird phenomenons that never get explained!

ZoeAnn    Farmington, MN

3/26/2011 10:25:45 PM

My daughters cat because lethargic 3 days ago, noticed she was not eating, drinking or using the litter box, so took her to the vet. Vet did the necessary blood tests, gave meds, sent cat home. 2 days later took cat in for xrays. Vet showed my daughter xrays saying that she saw an obstruction in the GI tract and recommened surgery. After 2 hours in surgery the vet could not find any blockage. All organs looked good, blood tests good. So now the cat is home recovering from a unnecessary surgery.
Just wanted to share my day.

beth    enterprise, AL

3/26/2011 3:51:51 PM

yes I was given a manx kitten about threre days ago and she cannot seem to control or finish pooping.her stools are loose but no diarhea. she costantly has poop half in her and half out at all times what can I do for her?

kathy    longview wa, WA

3/24/2011 6:39:11 PM

my long haired sim is loosing her hair i dont know why

Neena    Daytona, FM

3/18/2011 6:56:50 PM

I took my persian to the groomer today, she does not like other pets and sometimes breathes heavy, since she has been home she has been sleeping and still breathing heavy, has not eaten either. Is this normal?

emily    halfway, MO

3/9/2011 10:54:29 AM

i have a persian and he has poop clumps in his rectom hair,is this from improper grooming or illness,he dont act sick...if any one knows please tell..

Eddie    Portland, OR

3/3/2011 9:53:19 PM

My cat is about 2 years old. He was a stray initially and I was feeding it on a daily basis outside my house. One day I found him in a very bad way, non responsive, eyes watery and had diarrhoea. I took him to the vet and he told me he had high fever. After a jab and medication he was back to his normal self again and I took him in and had him spayed. He is full of life now but his eyes remained somewhat watery. The vet told me that there is nothing wrong unless his eyes get red which is not though. Any thoughts and advice on this please.

Donna    Austin, TX

2/9/2011 10:24:51 AM

Good comment, Renee. A cat, depending on its size, can't go very long (around 24 hours?) without eating or it goes into "fatty liver disease" -- so not good!!

Rebecca    Bangor, ME

2/4/2011 2:17:38 PM

my yellow cat has a cough, and both eyes are watery. not sure what to give her for treatment. none of the other cats have any symptons

Connie    Timonium, MD

1/21/2011 9:07:41 AM

My 4 1/2 year old cat has blood in her stool. What could be the causes? The sample is at the vets.
Thanks Connie and Gina

kittrina    thornton, CO

1/14/2011 11:02:25 AM

very informative

Renee    Peoria, IL

1/3/2011 2:32:23 PM

You forgot a cat who stops eating. My grandmother's cat recently went off his food and we immediately got him an appointment with the vet.

cat    montreal, QC

1/1/2011 12:33:37 AM

Thanks for all the information,will keep a better
eye out for strings,cords.elastics ect...that can harm a cat,I;ve taken away the ball of string and replaced with ping pong balls and catnip toys which he loves

Barre    Hilton Head Is, SC

12/31/2010 12:45:24 PM

Failure to eat by a previously healthy eating kitty is a serious sign and may represent early hepatic lipiodis. Our beloved purebred male Siamese suddenly stopped eating and within 48 hours had bilirubin in his urine. Because we rushed him to an alert vet, he was treated with an esophageo-gastric feeding tube and worked up for diabetes mellitus. After 4 weeks of q2h tube feedings with a slurry of A-D canned food, our baby recovered and lived 2 more years before he ultimately died of amyloidosis

Melanie    Ottawa, ON

12/31/2010 9:08:32 AM

I came home from work last night and my foster kitten was missing. I discovered that he was 'sleeping' at the foot of the bed (on the floor, by the leg where the kittens play). Then, I realized his left paw was winged up, and discovered, horrified, that in playing with the bed skirt, he loosened a string which strangled his left forepaw. The shelter had me rush him in for assessment and pain med's. Good news, he is ok and fully recovered already! I'm throwing out the bed skirt, but keep your eyes open for the non-responsive cat and hazards in your home.

DD    Rockville, MD

12/31/2010 7:19:53 AM

There is one more very important thing to watch for in male cats. If they cannot urinate when in the box and are trying to- it is an URGENT EMERGENCY. Male cats can get struvite crystals which block urinary tracts and can cause death very quickly. This is a life threatening emergency. I did not know until a friend told me to keep an eye open for this. My boy had that happen and I knew to grab him up and take to the kitty ER. Indeed he had a struvite blockage, which they were able to clear. He is on a special diet and has not had it happen again- but I watch him just in case. This may not be so widely known.

Pamela    NY, NY

12/23/2010 9:20:32 AM

thanks for de article, is so helpful!

julie    lewiston, ME

12/12/2010 2:48:37 AM

thank you for the very informative and useful information.

John    Lakewood, OH

12/5/2010 3:42:07 PM

This article is so helpful. Thank you for posting this.

Angela    Hamburg, NY

12/5/2010 7:42:01 AM

Wow these are all scary and should be looked for

Regina    Arden, DE

11/29/2010 4:25:36 PM

Thank You for all of the great information!

Cindy    Fallon, NV

11/26/2010 6:11:51 PM

Very good article

ann caudle    wilmington, NC

11/7/2010 10:15:10 AM

my cat will get a sore and I have to take her to vet for a shot he says it is agrency to mole is their a cream that I can put on the sore that will make her stop straching the sore thanks ann caudle

Jasper    Steele, SC

11/7/2010 7:50:02 AM

wow, our cats would throw up here and there, (not often though) but when they did, i would just put my hands on their belly's and push a little and it helped them alot! But now i dont have them no more :(

Sandy    Medford, NJ

11/6/2010 4:07:41 PM

My 5 yr. old male cat Buddy, adopted from the Pet Orphanage 4 months ago....has pale, almost white..gums. I just noticed this, because he is a biter and I usually can't get close to his mouth. He eats and drinks normally..he is frisky and playful...litter box habits, are fine. I lost my rescue cat Bailey, last Jan. and anemia, was the symptom of another underlying disease. His breathing was fast and that was the reason for the vet visit. I never expected the vet to tell me he had anemia...and it was serious. (His gums were white) Bailey was 19 years old..I rescued him, when he was 3...I wasn't prepared for the vet to suggest, I put him to sleep. I stayed with him and comforted him, while he passed. It was so very hard to do. I could not even think of getting another cat..until 6 months later. That's when I rescued Buddy from the Orphanage. He had been tested for Leuk..and was neg. He had all of his shots and he was neutered. His "family" had surrendered him at the age of 5...(no reason given)and the Orphanage had sheltered him, for 3 months...before I adopted him.
I intend to call my vet, Mon. but should I be overly concerned about Buddy's gums? I can't help but be worried. Thank you for any comments. >^..^<

brenda    baltimore, MD

11/6/2010 2:19:40 AM


Mary    Warren, NJ

11/1/2010 10:00:05 PM

My 9 year old male cat is heaving up a foamy substance.

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

11/1/2010 5:49:50 PM

Judy, please take your cat to the veterinarian or emergency animal care clinic right away. These are very serious signs! I hope your cat is all right.

Judy    providence, RI

10/31/2010 12:47:50 PM

"my cat is 14 months old, she stopped walking and became lethargic"

Lois    Vancouver, WA

10/10/2010 9:39:23 AM

My cat has blood in her stool, today is the first I have seen this; she has shown no signs that she is not feeling well, she is eating, drinking water, playing, what could be the cause?

holli    wolverhampton, AK

9/30/2010 4:16:56 AM

my cat shot yellowish greenish gunge out her bum and shes been done why ?

Natalie    Wilmington, DE

9/29/2010 12:07:10 PM

Thank You, I learn so much from these articles.

Jack    Eldred, PA

9/21/2010 7:30:53 PM

These are pertinent and logical symptoms. Humans also would be given quick EMR or ER for these signs. Thanks for the update!

ti    harpers ferry, WV

9/21/2010 4:54:09 PM

i have to agree with Craig but it's good to be reminded of what to look for. Also, the body temperature we need to know as well.

Craig B.    Seattle, WA

9/14/2010 1:39:53 PM

Well, I'd have to say that this article was mostly pointless because all of those maladies are the same symptoms that one would find among humans. My cat has a discharge from his eyes and I saw nothing to do with that. I think if you had listed TEN cat emergency signs, it would have been more helpful.

stacey    pittsburgh, PA

9/14/2010 6:16:37 AM

good to know! thanks for the info!!

Stacia    Lynnwood, WA

9/14/2010 2:26:50 AM

It's difficult to keep all the miscellaneous string out of a cat's grasp, but we all know how curious kitties are - - My young calico had swallowed a long strand of synthetic wig hair and managed (somehow!) to get it looped around the base of her tongue!!! It descended down her esophagus and into her intestinal tract which required emergency open surgery! I knew something was wrong because she was drooling, looked miserable and would not eat. When I set tuna down in front of her, she really wanted to eat it but when she tried to protrude her tongue to get a bite, the wig hair tightened up on her tongue because of the pulling force that gastric motility creates naturally. The first vet I took her to did an xray and thought she had an intussception, but only after closer inspection (at a different vet, later that morning) did we see the string! Please, everyone be careful with loose strings and string-like objects and remember things aren't always what they seem at first - The initial vet visit first assumed an allergic reaction...

Abbie    Cary, NC

9/8/2010 10:19:46 PM

I recently lost Elysse, truly one of the most loving cats I've ever encountered. Her illness came on quickly and unexpectedly. She was only 6 when she passed away. I first noticed an unusual odor coming from her mouth, so I took her in to have her teeth examined. Dr. Strunk cleaned her teeth, and she also had some of them removed. This was a surprise to me as I had just acquired her from my breeder a few short months before this visit. I was sent home with anti-biotics to keep any infections in check. Within two months, she was gone. The infection that caused her tooth decay had apparently spread to her kidneys causing kidney failure. This was a trying experience that I do not care to repeat, so I now check all my cats' teeth monthly. I provide them with dental chews, and I have their teeth cleaned by the vet per his advice based on yearly visit. It's hard work to monitor all of them as I have ten cats, but it is entirely worth it!

deb    belfair, WA

8/17/2010 1:06:19 AM

Nice article. Thanks.

Mo    Halifax, NS

7/29/2010 5:11:11 PM

My beloved cat,Breagh, died last week. It was very sudden and I am writing because I want to keep any other cat from suffering my baby's fate. She was 14 and it's a very hot summer here; I thought she had stopped eating because of the heat. She was still drinking plenty of water. We live with another cat, so I couldn't tell if she had stopped eating completely or even if she was using the litterbox. She began to get really sluggish by the fourth day and her behaviour was strange; she began to hide in odd places about the house. The vet on duty told us that she went blind and he thought she had a tumour in her abdomen. I took her home to try some medication but before it could take effect she lost control of her limbs, became very sluggish and it was obvious that her condition was worsening quickly. Within 24 hours my little girl was dead. Her regular vet thinks it was a cerebral hemmorhage. I don't know what I could have done differently to help her. Please, if your cat is behaving differently than usual, if you think something is wrong, trust your instincts. Don't let your cat suffer. It's a terrible feeling to wake up in the morning and worry that somehow you've failed that little life that depended so much upon you...

Daniela    Eagle pass, TX

7/25/2010 7:46:43 PM


joy    philadelphia, PA

7/21/2010 3:26:21 PM

Oh, & he is 8 years old.

joy    philadelphia, PA

7/21/2010 3:25:26 PM

My cat eats normally (has a large appetite),he's playful, and looks like he is in great shape. However, Just this past week I noticed he has been drinking more than usual. I usually only see him drinking once a day. Now it is at least a few times a day. It is very hot in Philadelphia during the summer and the rooms he sleeps in gets very hot. Usually I just have 1 bowl, but for the sake of the summer heat there are two. Ever since I put the new one out, he drinks out of that one quite a bit. What do you think?

gg    la, CA

7/17/2010 10:16:25 PM


dayna    easton, PA

7/17/2010 8:00:15 PM

Very informative article.


7/9/2010 10:59:36 AM


catherine    ashland, OH

7/7/2010 6:31:27 PM

patty from malvern ~ please take momma cat and the babies to the veterinarian immediately ~

patty    malvern, OH

7/3/2010 4:33:41 PM

Momma cat has, from the center of her eyes, a white film like line coming up. It is like an inner eye lid, going from her nose, on both sides. almost half way ,to the center of her eye. she is really sluggihg .she took over motherhood for 6 babbys reasntly. when she allready had 3 of her own
PLEASE HELP ME!!!! I THINK she is dying!

Lasu    Montreal, QC

6/18/2010 12:54:25 PM

It's interesting to have these info

Don    Bakersfield, CA

6/14/2010 4:07:58 PM

good information for starters- will look for more detailed info on the web as needed. thanks for the info and for keeping us cat and kitten owners up to date.

Tiffany    Lawrencetown, NS

5/26/2010 3:27:41 PM

Was hoping for a bit more detail

a    b, VA

5/19/2010 8:47:23 AM

all of these are danger signs for cats, kittens, dogs, people, and pretty much any other mammal. I hope never to see them

Karin    Loveland, CO

5/16/2010 5:20:33 PM

This article seems to vague. I'd enjoy coming back if it was ever expanded.

Judy Godfrey    Livonia, MI

5/15/2010 8:31:57 PM

Not sure from article if this applies to cats also or just kittens.

Wendy    Nanaimo, BC

5/14/2010 2:58:32 PM

Thanx for the article, any info is good info.

shirley    lewiston, ME

5/12/2010 4:45:35 AM

Thank you for the great tips and great informaiton. all very good to know

Linda    Lewisburg, WV

5/11/2010 9:17:09 PM

Good info. thank you

Don    Bakersfield, CA

5/5/2010 12:27:24 PM

Thank you for providing the tips needed to keep our beloved furry friends out of harms way.

I hope everyone rads all of these -

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

5/4/2010 11:54:43 AM

Please take your kitten to the vet immediately.

Ashley    Miami, FL

5/3/2010 9:44:50 AM

My 8-week old kitten was stepped on and now he is shaking and his eyes are moving back and forth. What can I do?

Carol    Minneapolis, MN

4/30/2010 9:33:13 AM

It's sad people don't have common sense to know their pet is sick when exhibiting these signs.

bruce    jacksonville, FL

4/19/2010 5:56:14 AM

my cats eyes(both)have a skin 1/4 over the eyes when fully opened! but dont really have any other signs! what is it @ what should i do to help! could it be allergies?

S    sawyer, MI

4/7/2010 5:38:30 PM

good tips

kallie    avondale, PA

4/6/2010 10:50:58 AM

this is helpful. but you should say cat instead of kitten, some people might think it only applies to kittens

gg    la, CA

4/3/2010 4:28:59 PM


Karin    Loveland, CO

3/30/2010 11:26:26 AM

This is very useful information, Thanks!

Don    Bakersfield, CA

3/29/2010 1:53:25 PM

wow! thanks so much for providing great information so cat and kitten owners can taske care of their furry friends and help them live a long and heathly life.

Karin    Loveland, CO

3/24/2010 6:12:27 PM

This is interesting information.

dayna    easton, PA

3/19/2010 12:26:25 PM

This article was very interesting and useful. Wouldn't want any of these things to happen to my 4 babies.

kathy    Indianapolis, IN

3/14/2010 8:59:46 PM

this is very helpful informationI have 3 little darling and would not want any thing to happen to them

gg    LA, CA

3/14/2010 5:35:08 PM

good to know

janet    bethlehem, PA

3/10/2010 4:55:49 AM

good article thanks

Jennifer    Hudson, NH

3/5/2010 2:53:12 PM

I have a cat has started to nip and lick when you scratch anywhere near his butt. He is 8 and never done this before. I can't tell if his reaction is positive or negative. Does it feel really good or is his skin bothering him?

dayna    easton, PA

3/4/2010 9:47:03 AM

very useful info, wouldn't want anything to happen to my precious cats.

Robyn    Baytown, TX

2/24/2010 2:03:59 PM

Priscilla, I know it's been a few weeks since you wrote about Coco but you should have her checked out. She could hav picked up something from the shelter- URI's are common among shelter cats and that could explain the sneezing but I don't know about the drooling. If it is a URI, it may only get worse. It could be a reaction to the vacc., but it's not good to keep guessing. Have her checked.

Diana    Florida, MA

2/16/2010 9:00:44 PM

Richard, your kitty may have a bladder infection. He needs to see a vet as it won't clear up without an anti-biotic if it is an infection. He needs to have a urine test done to see what the cause of the blood is and if he has crystals. You don't want him to become blocked where he can't urinate at all and then needs surgery or it can be fatal. This problem won't get better without treatment. I've dealt with this with one of my male cats.

Richard    Endicott, NY

2/11/2010 1:07:46 PM

our male cat is 5 years old he eppears to have blood in his urine, lays down in unusual places, makes occsional loud meow/groaning sounds. Can't afford to go to a vet. Any advice?

momo    anaheim, CA

2/7/2010 1:55:33 PM


Priscilla    Horizon City, TX

2/6/2010 10:08:58 PM

I need advice, we adopted a 2 month old f tabby from the shelter, she was vaccinated and spayed on thurs, the next day she began drooling and sneezing, today is Sat and we still have the same symptoms. She is eating and drinking meaning that it has not affected her appetite, but she has a sad look to her, shes not feeling well. Can any offer some advice, is it due to the vaccines, anesthesia from the surgery or perhaps an illness related to her stay at the humane society, or just a simple cold. Please help we are concerned for our new family member Coco.

gg    la, CA

2/3/2010 9:15:33 PM


Carolyn    Glendale, AZ

2/2/2010 2:22:28 PM

These signs are hold true for the adult cat as well. Any time there is a breathing problem you want to run to the veterinarian even if it is not your regular vet. An er vet is better than no care at all! Thanks for these feline tips. Many cat owners need to be aware of these signs!

Alex    White Hall, AR

2/1/2010 4:46:07 PM

I printed this for lator use.

Lin    Van Nuys, CA

1/20/2010 8:54:52 PM

Good info. Thanks

Jonathon    Corry, PA

1/16/2010 8:46:53 PM

To those cat owners the have pets that go through stages of vomiting. I have a 12 yearold cat who does the same thing, The vet said that he has acid reflux desease and the are medications that help. the vet had put him on a special food for quite awhile. it worked. after the desease is under control you can put you cat on it's usual diet. Be awrae that most foods have a lot of ingredients that are not healthy for your cats. urinary tract health ingredients in some foods cans cause sever damage to your cats digestive tract. these should only be fed to your pet once in awhile just to keep things working smoothly. for more info, I wouls advise speaking to your pets vetranarian.

kristina    lake city, FL

1/12/2010 5:29:00 AM


S    Three Oaks, MI

1/9/2010 3:41:40 PM

Good info.

Barbara    San Angelo, TX

1/5/2010 10:30:34 PM

I have a 6 yr old siamese and he goes through stages og throwing up. we have tried the vet suggested brands to the store brands, It seems it is wors when he get to hungrey and eats more that a teaspoon ful or 12 nuggets at a time. He always has water and this just happens every now and then and sometimes it seems like he does it when he is mad at us, any help?

Floyd Moore    Midland, MI

1/4/2010 7:45:26 PM

Hi we have 3 cats all doing good but one witch is 7 years old and has profuse diarrhea we have change her food but don't help we give her hard food but she will not eat that her drinking water that is great. Like to know if there is any thing we can give her to help with this.

momo    anaheim, CA

12/28/2009 5:01:15 PM


gg    sbdo, CA

12/21/2009 1:41:41 PM


Colleen    Alexandria, MN

12/21/2009 1:00:49 PM

Along with not passing urine, I just learned that straining to deficate is also a problem in cats that needs to be treated as soon as possible and if left untreated can lead to the need for surgery a life-long illness, and in some cases, death.

Jenn    malden, MA

12/8/2009 8:05:51 AM


Stephanie    Blacklick, OH

12/4/2009 8:04:19 AM

I agree completely that a male cat that does not pass urine should be listed as an emergency vet visit. My 13 yr-old Tigger had this problem at age 4 and again at age 8. By the time that we realized that he had a urinary blockage the second time, it was almost too late. Needless to say he has not had this issue since.

laura    Madison, WI

11/30/2009 10:55:47 AM

A big emergency vet visit reason was missed and is relatively common - Not Passing Urine. This can be a recurring problem in neutered male cats esp. due to the propensity to develop urinary infections.

gg    sbdo, CA

11/25/2009 1:04:05 PM


tabitha    bethel park, PA

11/23/2009 12:45:45 PM

good article, especially for new cat lovers.

Becky    Monroe, VA

11/20/2009 2:17:53 AM

My baby Squirttle of 9 years passed away sometime during the night while I was at work. My heart is broken into a thousand pieces. People here at work think I'm being silly. I can't make them understand that my cats are family to me.

Gabby    Chula Vista, CA

11/11/2009 7:20:34 PM

Im sorry for the loss of your beloved cat. I once lost a kitten :(


11/10/2009 9:23:43 AM


Marijeanne    Santa Rosa Beach, FL

10/30/2009 6:44:40 PM

Thanks Steve & Cate for your post. We just lost our sweetest little kitty Osley who was 6 years old at 2:00am Thursday morning, 10/29/10. My heart is broken, and I'm completely devastated over the excruciating,agonizenly,painful death, our little boy suffered. Hopefully adding this symptom to the list of medical emergencies, will spare someone else this heartbreak, and their kitty a dreadful demise. Love and condolences to both of you.

MJ Allen

gg    SBdo, CA

10/24/2009 3:09:46 PM

great info!

Steve and Cate    Charlotte, NC

10/17/2009 4:29:50 AM

After suddenly losing out beloved 19 month old cat Chilly, to saddle thrombus, please add the sudden unexplained loss of the use of limbs. The first and only sign was that he was unable to us his back legs and then later on his breathing suddenly became labored. We had no idea that the cause of his sudden loss of his back legs could have been the result of a serious life threatening heart condition that causes the release of one or more blood clots. Sadly we might have wasted time trying to determine if he injured himself ad he was calm and breathing normally. We have since done a lot of reading on the condition and I don't think the outcome would have been any different, but we might have gotten him in earlier where his pain was relieved and he could have gone peacefully. We have been cat owners over 20 years and have never encountered or heard of this condition. This surely is another condition that requires immediate vet care.

Dave    Vacaville, CA

10/13/2009 11:42:49 AM

What about excessive drinking and urination? My cat is almost 15 years old and is strictly an indoor feline. He is a large, orange domestic shorthair. He does not have diabetes but I suspect failing kidneys. What can I do? Will a diet change help?

Judy    Las Vegas, NV

10/8/2009 2:32:23 PM

what does it mean when your cat sneezes a lot?? is it a kitty allergy or something more serious???

lee    boston, MA

10/5/2009 9:56:19 PM

great info

Rachel    charleston, TN

9/29/2009 6:28:00 PM

Wow, great information on the signs. How about a cat that meows alot, does dustmop kitty want attention or hungry? Is it something to ignore? She likes to be around me and none of the men that lives in the household can't even hold her. Why is that?

gg    sb, CA

9/25/2009 8:52:03 PM

great info

Lisa Kasten    Livermore, CA

9/22/2009 9:22:25 PM

This information is very valuable. Thank you so much who ever wrote this. Now I know what to watch out for. :)

Brittany    Queen Anne, MD

9/21/2009 8:24:12 PM

Amanda, sounds like your baby needs a trip to the Vet! Don't let it keep going on like this, my cat has been acting very odd lately. I'm taking her back to the vet this week.

Savannah    NA, MT

9/19/2009 9:34:26 PM

I'm glad this article was written. My 2 year old has never experienced any of these problems, but now I can be well aware and know what to do!


9/17/2009 8:16:26 PM


gg    sb, CA

9/17/2009 7:11:17 PM


william    auburn, NH

9/15/2009 5:30:35 AM

my cat is always out side at nite i get so parinoid
we live in a woods

Kimberly    Vancouver, BC

9/14/2009 3:03:05 PM

I am always so paranoid with my cats. Always checking to see if they are breathing.

brenda    nottingham, PA

7/22/2009 5:53:03 PM

i think the articles are great. im trying to find out what to do if a kitten gets scratched in the eye by another cat?

Laurie    Erie, PA

11/30/2007 3:18:49 PM

I wasn't aware of the gum color warning. Thanks for the imformative article.

Sara    Atlanta, GA

11/30/2007 5:12:12 AM

I like to see summarized lists like this.

Sara    Atlanta, GA

8/20/2007 7:16:14 PM

Great information.

Elizabeth    York, PA

8/20/2007 3:19:21 PM

I will definitely keep a printed copy of this article handly!

Mary    Poland, NY

6/24/2007 4:36:42 PM

Very, very imformative article! Some of the suggestions are common sense but others were great.

Sarah    East, TX

3/4/2007 10:53:50 PM

I can treat most "small stuff," but if my cats show any of these symptoms they're off to the vet ASAP. Great article!

CF    PC, FL

3/4/2007 3:11:32 PM

These look extreeme signs!

kathie    Phoenix, AZ

3/4/2007 2:41:44 PM

thank you that was informative.

kino    Spring Valley, CA

3/3/2007 9:14:57 AM



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