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Dakota, a Pointer mix, is a uniquely vocal pup. He tends to growl at his reflection, and his snoring sounds as though there is a microphone nearby. His favorite pal is his dog sister Amelia, and his favorite place to sleep is on top of his people.

5 Signs Your Cat is Sick</h1>

It can be hard to tell if your cat is sick because our notoriously independent feline friends tend to mask their symptoms. However, there are signs you can watch out for that can indicate your cat is ill.

<h2>How to tell if your cat is sick</h2>

If you notice any of these five signs your cat is sick, be sure to reach out to your veterinarian to see what might be causing the issue.

  1. <h3>Unkempt or Over-groomed Coat</h3>
                       

The condition of your cat’s coat can be revealing. If your cat is under grooming, over grooming, or shedding more fur than usual, there may be a health issue underfoot.      

                   
     

The condition of your cat’s coat can be revealing. If your cat is under grooming, over grooming, or shedding more fur than usual, there may be a health issue underfoot.

  • <h4>Under grooming</h4> Sick cats may stop taking care of their fur because they’re too tired or uncomfortable to tend to their coat. When they’re not taking proper care of their fur, it can become dull, oily, and even tangled or matted. 

  • <h4>Over grooming</h4> If you notice cat bald spots or red and irritated skin, your cat may be grooming too much. This behavior can be a sign of a number of common cat diseases or skin problems, such as an allergic reaction. 

Anxiety may also cause over-grooming. Feline anxiety occurs when cats are faced with stressful situations, like a shift in routine or a new pet in the home. If your cat is anxious, it’s a good idea to speak with your veterinarian. Your cat may just need time to adjust, but medications or other treatments can be useful in some cases. 


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