There are times when it’s obvious your cat needs immediate medical attention. For instance, your cat got run over by a car or is suffering from an allergic reaction so of course, you bring her to the vet. However, not all emergencies are obvious, so you need to be aware of some critical warning signs that indicate your beloved cat is sick and requires your vet’s expert evaluation.
These include the following:
- Significant twitching or seizures,
- Excessive drooling,
- Any type or poisoning or trauma, and
- Vomiting more than three times.
Other signs you should watch out for are:
Hiding in hard-to-reach places
Cats usually hide their symptoms well and would only act out when they can’t take it anymore.
Making several litter box trips
It could also be urinating in places where your cat doesn’t usually pee. This is particularly true if your cat is already potty trained.
This includes panting, breathing with an open mouth, or a respiratory rate higher than 50 breaths per minute. To calculate your cat’s respiratory rate, count your cat’s number of breaths within 15 seconds and then multiply that by 4.
Excessive and unusual grooming of the anus accompanied by a turgid penis
This is extremely serious since it’s usually a urinary blockage or feline urethral obstruction.
The list above is by no means complete but is a great initial guide on what you should watch out for. Whenever you’re in doubt, it’s always best to visit your vet instead of waiting out your cat’s symptoms just because you want to be sure that there really is something wrong with your cat before you take him or her to the vet. More often than not, this leads to more expensive treatment than if you took your cat to the vet before his or her symptoms got worse.
For veterinarians, meanwhile, it’s your duty to inform your clients about these warning signs to prevent further complications. Consider sending a newsletter with bullet points of these critical warning signs and including them in pamphlets, reminder cards, or other custom veterinary promotional products you give to your clients.