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Top 20 Cat Symptoms That Send Them to the Vet

20 Common Feline Symptoms That Sent Cats to the Vet

Cats get a variety of symptoms and a variety of diseases.

First, just what is a symptom? Many pet owners confuse symptom with the actual disease.

A symptom is defined as a physical sign or physical sensation that is evidence a disease is present. For example, vomiting is a symptom. Vomiting can result from a variety of diseases or problems such as diabetes can cause vomiting, as can liver disease, a urinary obstruction, diet changes, worms, eating something not digestible. Symptoms have a variety of possible causes.

Another example is limping. Limping is a symptom. A cat could limp because of a sprain, soft tissue injury, broken bone or…due to a broken nail.

Symptoms can guide your veterinarian toward a diagnosis or help your veterinarian decide which tests would be most helpful in your pet. For example, if your pet is limping, your veterinarian may need to perform an x-ray and may not do blood work.

Which Symptoms are Most Common in Cats?

These 20 symptoms that occur in cats account for over 35% of veterinary visits in the United States.

Here is the list of most common cat symptoms:

1. Vomiting
2. Diarrhea
3. Conjunctivitis
4. Weight loss
5. Lethargy
6. Anorexia/Decrease in appetite
7. Cough
8. Constipation
9. Fever
10. Vomiting and diarrhea
11. Skin infection/lesions
12. Bloody urine
13. Sneezing
14. Anxiety
15. Itching
16. Skin Mass
17. Pain
18. Lameness/limping
19. Bloody stool
20. Not drinking/dehydration

Here is a complete guide to all cat symptoms, go to: Guide to Cat Symptoms

If your cat is experiencing any of the above symptoms – please see your veterinarian.