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Posted on 01-27-2012
Cat owners are often concerned when they notice something is not quite right with their beloved feline. Watching for subtle differences in a cat's behavior is something to which every cat owner should be attuned. Cats are masterful pretenders as they try to cover up any indication of illness. This is a natural survival instinct used to ward off predators.
Because felines don't really want to "tell " you how they feel it is important to have yearly wellness exams for adults and biannual exams for those that are 7 years or older. Our veterinarians can examine your pet and perform lab tests (bloodwork, urinalysis, fecals) that can detect underlying issues. Often these lab tests will show underlying disease in early stages but your pet may still feel and act fine.
This is especially significant in your cat's senior years, from ages 7 on, when monitoring for geriatric diseases becomes vital. Catching diseases in their initial stages can allow our doctor's to treat those diseases more effectively than if they are discovered later. This is important in maintaining the highest quality and longest life possible for your feline companion.
The following is a list of signs to be aware of that may suggest your pet is not well.
|1) Inappropriate elimination||lower urinary tract disease|
|urinary tract infection|
|2) Lower activity level and sleeping||systemic illness|
|3) Higher activity level||hyperthyroidism|
|4) Changes in interaction:||disease|
|with humans or pets||fear|
|5) Decreased food consumption||poor dental health|
|6) Increased food consumption||diabetes mellitus|
|other health problems|
|7) weight loss||hyperthyroidism|
|8) Obesity||increased risk of diabetes mellitus|
|9) Difficulty grooming:||fear|
|Also watch for hair loss and a greasy||anxiety|
|or matted appearance||obesity|
|10) Increased grooming||skin problems (allergies or fleas)|
|11) Stress signs: depression, hiding||underlying illness|
|more, spending more time awake,|
|scanning their envionment|
|12) Changes in vocalization or howling||hyperthyroidism|
|high blood pressure|
|13) Bad breath||early indication of an oral problem|
|(70% of cats have gum disease as|
|early as age 3)|
|14) Increased thirst and/or urination||diabetes mellitus|
If your pet shows any of these or other signs of illness, our doctors and staff at Eagle Animal Hospital are ready to help. Call and make an appointment with our friendly staff. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding areas. We will be attentive to your needs and concerns and solve the mysteries of what your feline friend may be trying to hide.
Written by Donna Lewis, manager at Eagle Animal Hospital
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