Signs of illness in cats

As the owner, you are the first to notice when your cat shows signs of illness. These can manifest, for example, as unusual behaviour, a reduction in food consumption or a change in appearance.
Any signs you may notice do not necessarily mean your cat is unwell but you should be vigilant. Many illnesses begin with inconspicuous symptoms. If you examine your cat more closely, you have a good chance of discovering signs of illness in good time and getting treatment at an early stage.

Checking your cat regularly

The best way to check your cat is to examine it systematically, following a specific order. If you examine your pet regularly, paying attention to the following points, you will know their normal state and can then quickly identify changes. Furthermore, your cat will then be used to the checks and will be more willing to be examined even if in pain.

Checking your cat regularly

Your own observations can help you determine signs of illness

How to check your cat:

  • How is its behaviour and outer appearance?
  • How is the cat moving? 
  • Are the ears, eyes, nose and mouth free from secretions and impurities? 
  • Are the conjunctiva of the eyes reddened? 
  • Is the pupil clear? 
  • Use gentle pressure to open the mouth and check the colour and blood flow of the mucosa.  
  • Feel the neck, chest and stomach, and be aware of any knots, swellings or changes in the fur. 
  • Is the abdominal wall tense and does the animal shows signs of pain if you press gently? 
  • Feel all the limbs as well. Joint complaints in particular manifest as pain, swelling, or hot areas.  
  • Check the anal and genital area for redness, tenderness, impurities?
If you check these points regularly, you will soon have a feel for your cat and will be able to provide the vet with useful information if the cat becomes unwell.