We all know that cats can do pretty much whatever they want and that no one can stop them. But what most people don’t know is that our furry friends are very stoic, which why they could be suffering from some health problems that you might not even realize your cat can have.
Cats are strong animals and usually hide all their aches, pain, and other health issues. When your cat actually starts letting you know that they’re suffering from something, that’s probably too late and the pain has reached a serious or even dangerous level that the cat couldn’t hold it in anymore.
Another reason why your cat may be hiding their pain isn’t just because they’re strong and they can take it. It turns out it is a survival mechanism and they hide their pain not to let their enemy know of their weaknesses. Cats instinctively do this, even with their human best friend. Of course, this goes back to their times in the wild where they had to deal with predators, prey, and other cats as well.
But we got you covered and we’ll show you what to look for in your cat to try and notice if they’re suffering from anything. The first thing you have to keep an eye on, is if there is any change in their behavior. This could be a sudden aversion to the litter box, or sometimes sitting in the litter box even when they’re not going to the bathroom.
Another sign could be if your cat is hiding out of sight for longer than usual. Cats are already great at finding and hiding at these dark, quiet places, and they love to do it for long periods of time. But another reason why they would be doing that is to conserve energy and avoid pain. They do this especially more often when they are already in pain.
If you notice your cat doing this and you know that it is not sick, then there might be something that you’re missing and you might need to pay the vet a visit.
Let’s check out the 12 health problems cats can suffer from!
Cats Can Develop Diabetes
Cats are more similar than they are different from us humans. And that includes the risk of developing diabetes, too.
The way you can tell if your cat is suffering from diabetes is if it is constantly thirsty, has a ravenous appetite, and urinates increasingly.
They Can Have an Overactive Thyroid
If you see that your cat keeps losing weight even though it devours and drinks everything it sees in front of it, is hyper active, these could be the signs that your cat is suffering from hyperthyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is the most common glandular disorder that cats can have, which means the chances of your cat getting it are pretty high.
But this isn’t something one should be too worried about since meds do a pretty good job treating it. Medications can also calm the cat down a bit so it doesn’t go completely bananas in the house and break everything.
They Can Develop Kidney Disease
This one is more on a serious note than the previous ones. Many older cats can develop kidney disease, but it doesn’t mean that younger cats are completely safe from it. In fact, any cat can develop acute renal failure if they have accidentally ingested something they weren’t supposed to get into their system.
If you notice that your cat is lethargic in an unusual way, is increasingly thirsty, and changes its litter box behavior, this could mean that you need to pay the vet a visit to make sure they’re not suffering from anything serious.
Cats Can Have UTIs
This can be noticed if the cat has been suddenly urinating and outside the litterbox, or if it’s been making noise while urinating.
All of the above could mean that your cat has a urinary tract infection. The vet can easily diagnose your cat with this, and antibiotics usually treat this just as quick and easy.
Your Cat Could Develop Dementia
Older cats have been recorded to develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome. The signs that your cat has this disease are very similar to those of dementia in humans.
You’ll notice that the cat doesn’t remember where the food bowl is, or if it’s just blankly staring at the wall.
After you diagnose this with your vet, you might be advised you follow a strict routine for your senile cat to alleviate the stress it is going through.
Cats Can Get Cavities
Cats, too, can develop cavities, although not the same ones as humans develop, but it’s still possible.
The cavities are commonly seen at or below the gumline. They are now termed FORLs or feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions.
These FORLs often lead to shearing off of the teeth at the gumline and can be very painful.
You can diagnose these FORLs if the cat is suffering from difficulty eating, salivation, and tooth loss. Although sometimes they can go completely undetected. Because of that, it is always a good idea to regularly inspect your cat’s teeth, and have their teeth cleaned once every 2 or 3 years.
Cats Can Get Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
This disease is the HIV of cats. It’s often called FIV, and is transmitted when the cat is bitten by an infected feline friend.
If your cat has FIV, they can still live a long, healthy life with the right treatment.
Your Feline Could Have A False Pregnancy
If your cat isn’t spayed, and hasn’t been hanging around with fellow male cats, then you have nothing to worry about, your cat will NOT get pregnant.
But there have been some cases in which cats can have a false pregnancy. Some females can show signs of pregnancy even if they have never been with a male cat. Those signs include lactation as well.
This happens because of hormone imbalance. If your cat shows these signs, you have to get it checked as soon as you can.
Acne Is Not Just for Humans
Cats, too, can develop pimples near their chin and lower lip. If your cat is lucky, then it might only have a single episode of acne, if not, it can have some pimples to deal with for the entirety of its life.
Although the frequency and seriousness of this health issue varies from one cat to another, it is still worth checking out whenever you see it. This is because often times, there is a bacterial infection that comes with the acne, and it needs to be treated asap.
Compulsive Kitties Could Have Anxiety
If your cat appears to be involved in repetitive, and exaggerated behaviors that seem to have no purpose, it could mean that your cat is suffering from anxiety.
These behaviors can be grooming to the point where the fur is rubbed off, or repetitive vocalizations.
When you start to notice any of this, it is important you take your cat to see the vet.
Eyelash Disorders Can Affect Your Cat
Although this one is quite rare, it isn’t all that impossible. There have been many cases in which cats have ingrown eyelashes, or have their eyelashes grow in unusual spots, which can be damaging to the eyes.
The ingrown eyelash is called Trichiasis, while the eyelash that grows from unusual places on the eyelid is called distichiasis. If your cat has 1 or more hairs growing through the inside of the eyelid, then that one is called ectopic cilia.
What’s dangerous about all these cases is that the hair can get in contact with the cornea and damage either it or the conjunctiva of the eye.
If you start to notice that your cat has eye problems, but doesn’t have eye trauma, this is when you need to take your cat to see the vet to check if it is the eyelash that’s causing all the trouble.
Felines Can Faint
The likelihood of this happening to your cat is pretty low, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Fainting is more common in older cats.
You should know that cats don’t faint from freight, but they do from something that’s called syncope, which is a temporary interruption of the blood supply to the brain.
So, whenever you see your cat fainting, don’t ignore it and take it straight to the vet to get it checked out.
Cats are great companions, and it is important we look after them and their health issues. We hope you found this article to be useful to you and your cat and wish you best of luck caring for your furry best friend.