How Do You Check Your Cat's Symptoms?

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Check your cat's symptoms by carefully observing your pet, writing down any unusual symptoms and checking the symptoms with your vet or through an online symptom checker. Although an online symptom checker may be sufficient for minor, routine issues, only a vet can diagnose a cat's health issues.

  1. Learn your cat

    In order to notice unusual symptoms in your cat, you need to know what is normal. While some symptoms, such as runny eyes, are always worrisome, others may be variations of normal unless they are new. For example, if your cat starts drinking more or less than usual, this could be a sign of a problem.

  2. Observe the cat for changes

    Keep an eye on your pet, and note any unusual behaviors or physical symptoms. Common signs of a problem include runny or watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, blood in the urine, diarrhea and lethargy. Any behavior that is out of the ordinary for your cat should be noted, even if it wouldn't normally be a sign of danger.

  3. Write down unusual symptoms

    Before visiting a vet, take accurate notes about your cat's symptoms. This ensures you won't miss anything when you discuss the issue with your veterinarian.

  4. Use an online symptoms checker

    Online symptom checkers allow you to check off symptoms in order to give you an idea of what ailments might be to blame.