Signs you should never ignore from your cat

Cats are pretty self-sufficient and keep themselves to themselves for a lot of the time, but if you notice certain changes in behaviour, it could be time for a visit to the vet. Here’s what to watch out for.

June 16, 2022

Eating and drinking

An increased or excessive appetite or thirst, could be a sign of diabetes, kidney disease, or hyperthyroidism

If they are off their food, have lost weight or aren’t drinking enough is a sign they may be sick.  


When cats sleep an average of 16 hours a day, you might ask how you can tell if they are more lethargic than usual! Look out for changes in their sleeping habits and whether they aren’t as playful as usual.  

Bad breath

Okay, a cat’s breath is never toothpaste fresh, but it shouldn’t make you wince! Bad breath in cats can be a sign of common illnesses such as gingivitis or tooth decay, which can cause an infection that can lead to heart issues.  


A cat throwing up an occasional hairball is normal but if they are vomiting often, it could be a sign of an intestinal problem.

Litter box use

Cats who stop using the litter box, urinate more often or seem to be in pain while going may have a urinary tract infection or another common cat illness.

Eyes and ears

A healthy cat should have bright, clear eyes with pupils that match in size. Different sized pupils or discharge from the eyes could be a sign of common cat diseases and infections. Ears should also be free of redness or discharge.

Changes in grooming

Sick cats may stop grooming themselves because it’s too uncomfortable or they are too tired, and their fur will become tangled and matted. Over grooming is also a sign that all’s not well; signs include bald spots in their fur or red and irritated skin.  

Your cat's symptoms are probably the result of a minor, easily treated illness, but to rule out anything serious, always talk to your local vet.