This article is a little bit more gloomy than usual, although it may help you to understand some of the most common dire situations and there need for immediate medical attention. Cats are known to not let humans know when they’re in pain, usually they just purr away! So if you do notice any of these symptoms it is pertinent that you seek urgent medical attention.
1. Refusal to drink
If you have noticed your cat has had nothing to drink in the last 24 hours, despite having access to clean drinking water you should call the vet immediately. If your cat refuses to drink water over a sustained period of time it can be fatal, and could be associated with many common cat ailments.
2. Trouble going to the toilet
If your cat is noticeably troubled when passing urine, this could be due to a urinary infection or a more serious blockage, both of these can be fatal when not treated early!
3. Difficulty breathing
This is probably one of the most urgent medical difficulties (be it human, dog or cat) as death can occur after just 3 minutes without air! It is sometime hard to notice breathing difficulties in cats however symptoms include: breathing with the mouth open, abnormal noise when breathing, and heaving sides.
4. Non-productive retching/gagging
In other words, trying to vomit but bringing nothing up. This could be a fatal sign of splenic or gastric torsion (a syndrome when a cats air filled stomach expands and twists on itself).
5. Blood from extremities
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but if you do notice blood in your cats vomit, faeces/urine, ears, eyes or mouth it’s very important that you find out why. Blood should never be taken lightly, seek emergency care if you notice blood coming from your feline as there could be unseen internal injuries.