In order for the cats to protect themselves from not to become prey by some larger animals. They developed the ability to hide injury or illness very well. Things to look for in a sick cat: change in appetite, increase in appetite intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or gastrointestinal disease which will cause poor nutrient absorption. Decreased appetite may be caused by nausea, fever, gastrointestinal disease, or pain in the mouth due to dental disease, a mass, or trauma. Causes of increased thirst: Diabetes, increased calcium, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease. Prescription designed to increase thirst to promote frequent urinating. Increased meowing the cat may be trying to tell you physical or emotional distress. If the cat is not using the litter box take it immediately to your vet. If the cat associates pain with the litter box it may stop using the litter box. In multi-cat households, one cat will block the other cat from using it. Bad breath is caused by dental disease a mass or tumor in the mouth. It can also be internal illnesses like kidney disease or diabetes. Be sure to see your vet. If the cat has a painful bladder condition it can over-groom itself to the point of baldness. Not being able to pee, vomiting that won’t stop, being unresponsive, having seizures, and labored breathing are all emergencies, and you should seek veterinary care immediately.
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