ANIMALS

Signs Of Cat Behavior That Should Make You Alarmed

Date July 10, 2018

Cats have been held as pets for some 12,000 years, but some humans still misinterpret their behavior. Unfortunately, animals can’t tell us where it hurts, so it is a must for every responsible pet owner to keep a close eye on their behavior. We often assume that a cat is playing or acting out, and can tell it off or punish. But in some cases, what your pet really needs is not your punishment but your help.

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The following changes in behavior can signal health problems:

  • inertness, low activity, drowsiness accompanied by purring a lot;
  • poor appetite;
  • too frequent or, on the contrary, rare elimination;
  • aggression;
  • insomnia.

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Apathy

A cat can be called inert if it is always lying and refuses to eat or drink, especially if the nose is dry. These are very serious symptoms which can result from:

1. Worms

You can suspect their presence in the body if the cat eats as usual but keeps losing weight.

2. Ticks

In particular, they are typical for animals that spend time outside.

3. Poisoning

It can be mild poisoning as a result of eating low-quality or spoiled food, or a serious poisoning in case of eating a mouse, for example.

4. Intestinal obstruction

Long-haired animals are prone to blockages in the intestines by their fur. The signs are refusal to eat and not defecating for several days in a row.

Poor appetite

Cats know how important proper nutrition is. If a pet doesn’t like what you give it, it can refuse food for a very long time, and this isn’t just a whim. As you know, the body itself tells what you can or can’t eat. If your pet notices harmful substances, it won’t eat this food. Try something else.

If this is accompanied by the hair paling and falling out, significant weight loss, then this is far more serious. The reasons for such changes in behavior include:

  • infections;
  • inflammations;
  • tumors;
  • diseases of the oral cavity;
  • problems with the intestines and other digestive organs.

Don’t self-medicate – take it to a vet.

Too frequent or abundant elimination

You should be alarmed if the elimination is too frequent, but in very small amounts, or too rare with intervals up to or more than 4 days. You can tell that a pet is hurting while doing its business, if its back is hunched up and it meows loudly. Most often, this indicates problems with the urinary system - cystitis, tumors, or kidney stone disease. The latter is the most common among domestic cats. According to statistics, every fourth cat suffers from this condition. It can be caused by strong drafts, lack of hydration, water rich in salts (for example, tap water), or too much dry food. It is also worth getting your cat checked for diabetes.

A pet can frequent the litter box simply because of stress. The stress can be caused by:

  • moving;
  • a change of the owner;
  • animal abuse;
  • loneliness (if the owner spends little time at home).

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Aggression

Healthy cats can mistakenly hurt the owner with claws during play, although often they are just protecting themselves from apparent threats. Cats are very sensitive creatures, but sometimes, they start using teeth and claws too often, hissing and acting aggressively.

The reasons for this change in behavior include pain, caused by tumors, inflammations, toxoplasmosis, or hyperthyroidism. Aggressive behavior can be a manifestation of dangerous hormonal disorders. Monitor your cat’s habits, sometimes, it can be also triggered by malnutrition as a result of low-quality, harmful, or simply not tasty food. So, don’t hold grudges, show patience, care and attention. See a vet to discover the true reason of the change.

Problems with sleep

Sleep-wake schedules of cats and humans are somewhat different. Animals sleep in short time cycles and can also be active throughout the night. This is quite normal, as the ancestors of cats were night predators.

Insomnia is fairly rare, and it can be caused by either distracting factors or stress. Moving or a new member of the family can be a reason for the latter. In these cases, animals can hide for a very long time and have no sleep. If a cat does not have health problems, eventually, it will get used to the changes and will come out to make a personal acquaintance with a new family member or pet. Usually, a cat returns to normal behavior within two days.

Often, cats can’t sleep if their “beds” are in wrong places, like near cold outer walls or in close proximity to an electrical supply.

Insomnia in cats can be caused by serious diseases, such as:

  • hyperthyroidism;
  • diabetes;
  • brain related problems.

If your cat is restlessly wandering around the house at night, meowing or yowling, it may be suffering from a medical problem causing pain or discomfort. Contact a veterinarian to rule out this risk. In particular, you should be alarmed if the cat is anxious in the daytime.

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Delaying your pet’s medical examination increases the risk of a disease becoming chronic, which is fraught with a lethal outcome. Therefore, carefully monitor any changes in your pet’s behavior, love your pet, feed it properly, also don’t forget to play with it - then everything will be fine!

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