Easy Guide to Cat Symptoms

Easy Guide to Cat Symptoms

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Is your cat acting sick or having a problem? Cats are very good at hiding their illness. That’s why it’s so important to watch for any symptoms and to take action as soon as possible.

Symptoms are generally a sign of disease.  For example, vomiting is a common symptom. It can be caused by many different diseases including diabetes, kidney failure or just an upset stomach. Below is an easy guide to cat symptoms. We used common lay terms to help you find your cat’s problem.

Learn more about what could be causing your cat’s problem by clicking on the symptom that he or she is having.

Alphabetical List of Common Cat Symptoms

  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal Fluid
  • Abscess
  • Acute diarrhea
  • Anemia – low red blood cell count
  • Anisocoria – unequal pupil sizes
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Bad breath
  • Bald spot
  • Belly – seems large
  • Belly full of fluid
  • Bite wounds
  • Blindness
  • Bloody nose
  • Bloody stool – bright red or Bloody stool – tarry
  • Bloody urine
  • Bloody vomit
  • Blue skin or gums
  • Brain swelling
  • Breast swelling
  • Breathing fast
  • Broken bone
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Can’t hear
  • Can’t see
  • Can’t urinate
  • Cerebral edema
  • Chronic coughing
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Cloudy eye
  • Collapse – sudden onset
  • Constipation
  • Convulsion
  • Coughing – chronic
  • Deafness
  • Dehydration
  • Depressed
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea – new onset or Diarrhea – chronic
  • Difficult defecation
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Discharge from penis
  • Distended belly
  • Drinking a lot and eating a lot
  • Drooling
  • Trouble having a bowel movement
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble urinating
  • Ear discharge
  • Ear flap swelling
  • Ear hematoma
  • Ear scratching
  • Eating a lot
  • Excessive eye tearing
  • Eye bulging
  • Eye cloudy
  • Eye discharge
  • Eye pain
  • Eye red
  • Eye sunken
  • Eyes tearing
  • Eye trauma
  • Eyes – pupils two different sizes
  • Facial swelling
  • Fainting
  • Farting
  • Fat
  • Feline urinary obstruction
  • Fever
  • Fit
  • Flatulence
  • Fluid in abdomen
  • Fracture
  • Gas
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Hair growth – lack of
  • Hair loss
  • Head tilt
  • Hearing loss
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Hypersalivation
  • Icterus
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Lameness
  • Lesion – on skin
  • Less active
  • Lethargy
  • Licking of genital area
  • Limping
  • Losing weight
  • Loss of hair
  • Loss of vision
  • Lump or skin growth
  • Malabsorption
  • Mammary gland swelling
  • Nasal discharge
  • Neck and back pain
  • Not eating
  • Not urinating
  • Obesity
  • Ocular discharge
  • Ocular pain
  • Ocular trauma
  • Pain
  • Pain – back
  • Pale color – from anemia/low red blood cell count
  • Panting
  • Peeing – see “Urinary”
  • Preputial discharge
  • Puking – see “Vomiting”
  • Pupil sizes different
  • Red eye
  • Regurgitation
  • Scooting
  • Scratching
  • Seizure
  • Skin discharge or odor
  • Skin growth, lump or swelling
  • Skin is yellow
  • Skin lesion or sore
  • Slowing down
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge
  • Spleen hemorrhage
  • Straining to defecate
  • Swollen face
  • Syncope
  • Temperature – high
  • Throwing up
  • Throwing up undigested food
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tumor or lump on skin
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinating problems
  • Urinarting in house
  • Urinating less or not urinating
  • Urine with blood
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vision loss
  • Vomit with blood
  • Vomiting
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Vomiting – chronic
  • Vomiting undigested food
  • Weight loss
  • Won’t eat
  • Wound – draining with pus
  • Wounds from animal fight
  • Yellow color to skin
  • If your cat is acting sick – please see your veterinarian. I hope this list of symptoms helps you understand why your cat may be displaying it’s particular sign of illness. 

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