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Signs You Need To Take Your Pet Cat To The Animal Hospital

by Christy Adams

When you own a cat, you own a creature that should give you many years of joy. Cats in domestic households can live up to two decades, although cats that are allowed outside are known to live less long.

Taking your cat to the vet for routine care is just one way you can help manage their health and keep your cat vital and strong. Here are signs your cat needs to go to the vet outside the normal checkup times. Your animal hospital caretaker will assist you in getting your cat premium care.

Your cat has runny stools

There can be a number of reasons why your cat would have runny stools, from having eaten something that didn't agree with their stomach or parasites. Since ongoing runny stools can cause your cat to become dehydrated or can be a sign of serious illness, see your local animal hospital for feline care if your cat's stools don't start to harden again after a few days or if your cat is also excessively thirsty, losing weight, or showing other signs of illness.

Your cat has eaten a houseplant

Whether you have toxic houseplants or not, you should take your cat to the animal hospital if they consume any type of houseplant because you don't know if they're toxic or not. Toxic houseplants include ficus, poinsettia, and daffodils. Even certain garden plants can be poisonous to cats, such as onions or tomatoes. If your cat has eaten any of your houseplants and you're unsure of their toxicity to cats, seek animal hospital care to be on the safe side.

Your cat is listless

If your cat is lethargic or listless and you can't seem to find out why, especially if your cat has recently been outside, seek animal hospital care immediately. A listless cat may have been injured by another animal or hit by a car, may have eaten something toxic, or may be suffering from heatstroke or even hypothermia, depending on the season its condition occurs. If your cat is also not responding to its name or not holding up its own head, seek emergency animal hospital care as soon as you can.

Your feline companion is one your family members, so give them the care they deserve. If your cat is having any issues with their health or you're concerned about their well-being or physical appearance, an animal hospital can be of great assistance in helping your cat be well. 

For more information, reach out to an animal hospital.