It is true that house cat health problems are sometimes difficult to detect. It is natural instinct that cats will hide any health issues. So cat owners may not know that there is a problem with their cat.
You need to monitor your cat’s health all the time. If you do have reason to suspect that your cat has a health problem, you need to take the little guy to your veterinarian to be checked out.
I read an article that discusses house cat health problems and the difficulty cat owners have in detecting an issue. The article is entitled, “Cats’ ability to hide illness poses problems for owner” by Julie Damron. The author does a very good job in laying out this cat health issue.
Here is a quote from the article:
Cats are very good at hiding illness. This is a protective instinct from the wild. They do this to prevent potential predators from knowing that they are in pain, weakened or ill.
Unfortunately this means the pet owner may not realize there is a problem until an illness is fairly advanced.
Other factors can compound this. Many felines are a part of multiple cat households, and many felines live outdoors for part of the time. This can make it very difficult to detect decreases in appetite, the presence of vomiting or diarrhea, as well as changes in water consumption or urination. Outdoor felines are also at risk for contact with poison, getting attacked by other cats or dogs, and being hit by a car.
Cats are also great hiders. It can be very normal not to see them for long periods of time. When they are not feeling well, cats may hide to conserve energy or avoid pain. Be aware the living arrangements you provide for your feline can make it challenging to detect illness.
Bring your cat in for a veterinary exam when you first identify a health issue. It is well supported that bringing your beloved feline in for care at the first sign of a medical problem increases the likelihood that treatment will be successful.
The entire article can be found here.
The author does a good job of describing steps you can take to monitor your cat’s health. You need to read the complete article to learn these.
Are you a cat owner? How do you monitor house cat health problems? Do you have any problem determining if your cat is sick? Thanks for your input.