Cats are good at hiding signs of illness, and even better at hiding when they’re ill. That’s why we cat owners need to know our cats well, so we can notice the subtle changes that may mean something deadly is brewing.
Learn to know what’s normal for your cat, and what routines he likes to follow. Pay attention to both physical changes, such as a gain or loss in weight, and behavioral ones, especially in these areas:
Wellness examinations (once or even twice a year) are especially important for cats, but cats are statistically less likely than dogs to see a veterinarian at all. That makes keeping an eye on a cat’s physical and behavioral variances even more important.
Taking your cat in for what veterinarians call an “ADR” or “Ain’t Doing Right” visit may seem unnecessary, but any veterinarian and many a cat lover will tell you about cats whose lives were saved (or about the money that was saved) because their owners turned their observations into a veterinary visit and caught something before it got worse.
Cats can be mysterious creatures, but they typically share clues to their secrets. Careful owner observation and some veterinary sleuthing has solved many feline mysteries. Take the time to be a feline health detective, and you and your cat will both be better off!