When to Call the Doctor

When to Call the Doctor

When a cat is exhibiting symptoms such as extreme lethargy, labored breathing, excessive vomiting or diarrhea, or has an open wound that will not heal, we all know that it is time to call the doctor. But sometimes signs of illness are more subtle. Paying close attention to your cat’s behavior may help you detect illnesses that need medical attention.

At Cats Exclusive, we encourage our clients to listen to and follow their intuition. You know your cat better than anyone else. If you feel like something is wrong, it is better to err on the side of caution and make sure your cat is healthy than to ignore a potentially significant problem.

Subtle Signs of Illness

Cat Not Feeling Well

Inappropriate elimination behavior

  • Urinating outside of the litter box?
  • Urinating with increased frequency or difficulty?
  • Diarrhea or constipation?

Changes in social behavior or activity level?

  • Hiding, clingy or agitated?
  • Less active than usual? More active?

Changes in Sleeping Habits

  • Sleeping more than usual or in an unusual location?

Changes in Food and Water Consumption

  • Eating more or less than usual? Drinking more or less than usual?

Changes in Grooming

  • More sensitive or tender to be touched in any area?
  • Grooming more than usual or grooming at a particular spot?
  • Grooming less, looking rough or unkempt?

Unexplained Weight Loss or Weight Gain

  • Losing weight even though eating a normal amount?

Changes in Vocalization

  • Vocalizing more or less than usual?


  • Bad breath or unusual odor from the ears or elsewhere?

If your cat is experiencing any of these issues, please call us at 206-546-2287 and we will help you determine whether an appointment is advised. You can never ask too many questions regarding the health and well-being of your cats!

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