Cat Symptoms Checker

A quick guide to your cat’s symptoms. Scroll to the particular symptom to get suggestions on a possible cause.

Abdomen (painful)

Abdomen (swollen)

Aggressive behaviour

Painful conditions including:

Other:

Alopecia (hair loss)

Pruritic (itchy):

Nonpruritic (non-itchy):

Anal bleeding

Anal scooting

Anorexia (not eating)

Ataxia (unsteady gait)

 

Bad breath (halitosis)

 

Bald spots

Blindness

 

Bleeding (excessive)

Blood in the stool (bright red)

 

Blood in the stool (dark/tarry)

Black and tarry feces (melena) is caused by blood that originated in the upper gastrointestinal tract. The dark colour of melena is due to digested blood in the feces

Blood in urine (hematuria)

Breathing, rapid (tachypnea)

Claws (thickened)

Coma

Constipation

  • Dehydration
  • Reluctance to defecate due to behavioural issues.
  • Obstruction of the colon
  • Dietary
  • Drugs and medications
  • Painful defecation
  • Neurological
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Metabolic/hormonal
  • Idiopathic

 

Coughing

 

Crying

  • Hunger
  • Estrus
  • New kitten: If you have just obtained your kitten it may meow excessively for the first few days. Leaving it’s mother and siblings and moving into a new house with new owners is a huge change to your kitten.
  • Loss of a companion: Cats are sensitive creatures and form close bonds with their owners and other pets in the household. If there are changes to the family dynamics, such as a separation, or the loss of an animal, this may cause your cat to meow more than usual.
  • Moving house: Again, this is a big change for your cat and may result in it becoming more vocal.
  • Attention seeking: Excessive vocalisation may be a result of your cat is feeling lonely or not receiving enough attention from his owner.
  • Outside influences: A neighbourhood cat coming onto your cat’s territory.
  • Old age: Some old cats may meow excessively. This usually happens when they begin to lose their cognitive functions.
  • Medical problems: If your cat is sick or in pain it may result in excessive vocalisation.
  • Nocturnal behaviour: Cats by nature are nocturnal, and may meow more during the night.

Decreased appetite

  • See anorexia

Dehydration

  • Vomiting and or diarrhea
  • Sickness: A sick cat may go off his food and water and therefore not receive enough fluids and become dehydrated.
  • Increased urination: Medical conditions such as diabetes and renal failure in which the cat urinates more often may cause dehydration.
  • Heatstroke
  • Lack of available, fresh drinking water.
  • Shock
  • Blood loss
  • Fever

 

Diarrhea

Dilated pupils

Drinking (increased thirst)

 

Drooling

Dull hair/coat

Excessive blinking

Eye discharge

  • Blepharitis
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Feline upper respiratory infections (cat flu)
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva)
  • Dry eye
  • Allergy
  • Keratitis
  • Epiphora (excessive tear production)
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Trichiasis (rare in cats, eyelashes growing from the eyelid and rubbing against the cornea causing irritation)
  • Trauma
  • Uveitis (watery discharge)

Excessive tearing (eye)

Exercise intolerance

Fading kitten syndrome

  • Blood type incompatibility
  • Congenital defect
  • Environmental temperature (too hot or cold)
  • Maternal neglect
  • Dehydration
  • Inadequate nutrition during infancy
  • Viral, bacterial or parasitic infection

Fever

Frequent urination

 

Gums (colour)

Hair loss

  • See alopecia

Head tilt

Head shaking

 

Hunger (increased)

Hyperactivity

Hypersalivation

Inappropriate urination

 

Increased heart rate (tachycardia)

Increased thirst

  • See drinking

Increased urination

Itchy anus

Itchy ear

 

Itchy skin

 

Lethargy

Limping

Nasal discharge

Nosebleeds

 

Painful abdomen

  • See abdomen

Painful urination

Panting

Paralysis

  • Aortic thromboembolism (saddle thrombosis)
  • Poisoning (tick, botulism, macadamia, ciguatoxin, tetrodotoxin)
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Slipped disc
  • Viral infection
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Meningitis

Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

Pupils dilated (see dilated pupils)

  • See dilated pupils

Pupils (fixed)

Pupils (odd/different sized)

  • Anterior uveitis
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Certain drugs/medications
  • Glaucoma
  • Head trauma
  • Horner’s syndrome
  • Iris atrophy
  • Spastic pupil syndrome
  • Oculomotor nerve paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Cancer

Rapid/shallow breathing
(tachypnea)

Scabby ears

Scabs (neck)

Scabs (back)

Seizures

 


Sneezing

Straining to urinate

 

Swollen abdomen

  • See abdomen

Swollen breast and/or nipple

Swollen chin

 

Swollen eye

 

Swollen lymph nodes

Swollen paw

 

Tremors

Vomiting

Food/Diet Related:

Vomiting blood

  • Foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Ulcers (stomach, esophagus)
  • Aspirin poisoning
  • Inflammation (stomach, esophagus)
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Tumours (stomach, esophagus)
  • Certain medications
  • Intestinal worms
  • Swallowed blood (from mouth, nose, esophagus)


Wheezing

 

Weakness

 

Weight loss