Signs that your cat is sick or in pain.

You can tell that your cat is in good health just by looking at him/her. The coat will be in good condition, eyes will be bright, your cat will be interested in it’s surroundings, he/she will be balanced and well co-ordinated.

We call this observation BAR… Bright, Alert and Responsive.

You can also observe signs of ill health/distress/pain in your cat.

Look for the following:

• Respiratory Distress (trouble breathing, panting etc)
• Changes in behavior (restlessness, lethargy, unusually aggressive)
• Vomiting.
• Diarrhoea.
• Coughing, sneezing or wheezing.
• Limping or difficulty moving about.
• Obvious wounds or abscesses.
• Lumps and bumps.
• Discharge from eyes and/or ears.
• Disorientation.
• Grooming stops or becomes less particular.

Cats are very good at disguising pain and illness so it is always good to observe them at any available opportunity so that when something does change you are aware of it immediately.

If you observe any of these symptoms contact your vet immediately.

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