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this week i will be working entirely from home.

so i will try to get some good posts in.

however- today i have oral surgery, ew!

yesterday was such a depressing day.

max’s behavior has really changed for the worst.

he has begun to sleep more, and hide in our basement more.

here is some quick info for all you cat owners to determine whether your cat is in pain/ill…

5 Signs A Cat is in Pain:

  1. Behavior change. Noisy cat is quiet, quiet cat vocalizes.
  2. Hiding, withdrawn, reclusive.
  3. Sitting hunched with back arched, paws gathered under the body, nose resting on the floor, eyes closed.
  4. Purring does not mean a cat is happy! Some cats purr to comfort themselves when they hurt.
  5. Distant or faraway look to the eyes, like cat thinks about internal pain, instead of noticing the external environment.

5+ Signs a Cat Might be Sick:

1. Eating more or less. Or nothing. A fat cat can die if they refuse food for 3-4 days in a row (hepatic lipidosis.)
2. Vomiting.

Doc Truli summarizes recent thinking in feline internal medicine, “Vomiting hairballs is not normal for cats! Veterinarians used to believe hairball vomiting was a normal cat function; vomiting is abnormal. Something is wrong; see your vet!”

3. Drinking lots of water.

“Cats were desert animals thousands of years ago. They usually drink very little compared to dogs.”

4. Losing weight for no reason. This can be difficult to appreciate when you see your cat every day.

Look for: bony hips, spine prominent, shoulders visible, ribs visible, temples atrophied and gaunt-looking.

“If your cat is not on a weight control diet, and his or her exercise has not increased significantly (like you moved to a gigantic house), then weight loss is a sign of illness.”

5. Diarrhea, Coughing, Sneezing, Yellow or green discharge coming out of anywhere on your cat.

6. Signs of pain like hiding, change in verbosity, change in voice, eye pain like blinking and tearing, and squinting…

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