One of the trickiest things about diagnosing a pet’s illness at home is that a lot of the symptoms are about the same from one condition to another. Your dog’s lethargy and loss of appetite means that he could be suffering from parvo, or he could just be a little depressed because you haven’t had a chance to play with him recently. Similarly, your cat’s moodiness might be a digestive problem or maybe your cat’s just rebelling against your new sofa.
4 Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Ill Or Moody
A Change in Appetite
A cat who starts eating way too much or way too little could be looking at anything from worms to intestinal blockage. In order to determine that this is the case, you’ll want to put on your scientist cap and isolate the cause. Cats can be picky about their food, and if you recently tried to switch it up on them, they might turn their noses up at the new flavor.
Alternately, if you recently treated them to some canned food before putting them back on the dry stuff, they may be holding out for something a little tastier. If experimenting with different foods doesn’t change their behavior, then it’s best to get them down to Paws and Claws in Miami for further testing.
Some cats are naturally shy. They hide from visitors, they don’t much like playing with your other pets. Just like people, some of them prefer a quiet, private life. So there might be nothing wrong, it could just be that you’ve been having a lot of visitors lately and they feel that their personal space is being invaded.
On the other hand, a cat who is normally outgoing and brave but suddenly begins hiding might be nursing an injury or an illness, and that’s why they feel unsafe around new people or other animals. If their antisocial behavior persists, Ramon de Armas, DVM can help you to figure out what’s going on.
Laziness and Hyperactivity
Did your cat just get a new catnip toy or a new friend? Did you switch them to a healthier diet? That may be the reason for their sudden burst of hyperactivity. If there have been no such changes, though, it can be a sign of an overactive thyroid in middle-aged cats. Sudden bouts of laziness can point to issues such as arthritis.
You don’t want to gamble on your animal’s well-being, but if you take a cat to the vet every time they’re acting moody, you’ll be there every day. As as a general rule of thumb for at-home diagnosis: If their behavior doesn’t go back to normal after you’ve made a change to their diet or their environment, then it’s time to talk to the vet.
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