Cat Illnesses: When You Should Take Your Cat to a Vet
In addition to your cat’s regular vaccinations, how can you know when your cat needs to see a vet? The following conditions and behavior are red flags.
Diarrhea can be caused by lots of things – diet, infections, parasites and metabolic problems. Diarrhea is never normal and can cause dehydration and death if it persists. If you can, take a fresh poo sample with you to the vet for testing. One way to test for dehydration is by pressing your finger against your cat’s gums. It the spot takes more than two seconds to return to pink, there’s a problem.
Cats often wretch and vomit up stomach contents including hairballs. Hairballs are common and some cat foods are now formulated to reduce them. Vomiting, however, is a problem if it happens more than once a day, contains blood or