The good news is that the majority of cat owners have no idea what a sick animal even is. Due to the incredible life of cats, she was able to emerge unhurt from a number of different transformations. However, if the cat is unwell, then it is imperative that she receive medical attention from a professional veterinarian. And under no circumstances should you attempt to diagnose or treat the cat on your own.
When a cat becomes ill, it will begin to act in a manner that is significantly different from its typical demeanor. If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible:
- the animal refuses to eat for a long time;
- an animal that is most often in a balanced state begins to meow plaintively, runs restlessly and often itches;
- the cat is either huddled in a corner or constantly lies with an apathetic and tired look. She has a fever, sores on the palate, lips or nose, and rapid breathing or coughing;
- a cat, usually affectionate, unexpectedly does not allow itself to be stroked on the stomach or back, but reacts to your actions with a dull growl, scratches and bites;
- the animal begins to have persistent diarrhea and vomiting;
- the coat fades, ruffling in places.
The list of ailments that a cat can be exposed to is quite long. Therefore, it is necessary to learn that it is necessary to consult a veterinarian whenever you notice deviations in the behavior or appearance of the animal. If your pet has a balanced diet and lives in good hygienic conditions, the risk of cat disease becomes minimal.
In most cases, an experienced owner will recognize right away if there is something wrong with the cat, and they will proceed to examine it more closely. It is vital to remember what might have happened to the cat the day before, such as what we fed her or what she might have eaten by accident, whether the cat came in contact with a sick animal, or whether she might have caught a cold from another animal. The next step is to do a thorough inspection of the animal to look for any potential outward manifestations of disease, and to take its temperature using a thermometer designed for human or veterinary use. After inserting the thermometer into the rectum of the animal and maintaining its position for at least seven minutes, the temperature is read. It is imperative that the animal’s position be stabilized because it is possible for the animal to make an unexpected or rapid movement, which would lead the broken thermometer to inflict injury to the rectum. A visit to the veterinarian should be scheduled as soon as possible in the event that the patient has a high temperature or if there are apparent signs of poisoning (such as vomiting or severe diarrhea, for example). A sick cat needs to relax, therefore first and foremost, it needs to be separated from other animals, protected from children, and provided with warmth and rest. This is because it is contagious to other animals. Under no circumstances should you make an effort to feed a sick cat. If an animal gets diarrhea as a result of food poisoning, the veterinarian will recommend that the animal abstain from eating and treat it with specific medications. Under no circumstances should you provide drugs at your own whim and fancy.
Keep in mind that the animal requires more immediate veterinary attention the more thoroughbred it is. This is something that should be kept in mind at all times. In spite of this, it is inhumane to abandon a sick cat without veterinary care in any circumstance, regardless of whether the cat is a purebred animal or not.