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How to tell if your cat’s lethargy is an injury or a symptom

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How to tell if your cat's lethargy is an injury or a symptom

Lethargy in cats is always a cause for concern. However, it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between an injury and the symptoms of lethargy. Learn how to tell the difference between the two by reading through this guide!

Symptoms of feline lethargy

Most cats sleep sixteen hours per day, but you may be able to determine when feline lethargy occurs by what they’re doing. Lethargic cats usually stay in one place and are less interactive. Other symptoms of feline lethargy include listlessness, staring into space, breathing rapidly, decreased appetite, and depression. Some vets believe these symptoms can be caused by internal diseases or parasites that don’t produce any noticeable external signs of sickness. 

Some factors for the cause of feline lethargy can also include stressors in the environment such as traumatic changes like a move from home to a new house or car, another pet joining the family, or moving from apartment life to living on a farm. Cats react very differently than dogs would react in this situation.

Look for external injuries.

If the animal in question has no visible external injuries, it may suffer from one of many illnesses that cause similar symptoms. If this is the case, it would be best to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. If there are signs of physical trauma but no external injuries, the animal may have internal injuries and should also be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. In these situations, time may seem like it is on your side, but it isn’t because every minute counts in determining whether or not medical intervention can prevent lasting damage.

Take Your Cat To A Vet Immediately

Although it may seem like your kitty doesn’t want to do anything, lethargy in cats can often indicate an underlying problem. When a cat becomes inactive but doesn’t display any other signs of illness, such as fever, appetite loss, vomiting, or diarrhea, it should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. That way, they can receive prompt treatment and return to feeling themselves in no time!

If you’re concerned about the well-being of your feline friend and have noticed them being lazy lately – call them up immediately and get them some professional care. Your cat needs you now more than ever!

I’m At The Vet, Now What?

The first thing you should do when you get to the vet tells them why you’re there. The doctor will want to know what your cat was doing before it collapsed and ask questions about any medical history. They will then examine the cat by checking for heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and other signs of injury. Suppose the doctor determines that the issue at hand isn’t a physical one but a rather neurological one. In that case, they may recommend that the animal be taken in for X-rays so they can see if there are any irregularities in its bones.

Give Them Small Bites Of Food

Check for any wounds and make sure the cat can walk. If they can’t, they could have injured their back or hip. Your vet can give you the correct diagnosis, administer treatment, and put the pet on antibiotics in case of infection. Otherwise, it could be either an upper respiratory infection (think: cold) or something more serious like pneumonia.

Try Pushing An Ice Pack On Their Ear Lobe

First, you will want to see if the cat responds when pushed on its earlobe. You should know that cats are sensitive in this area. If the ice pack creates movement from the animal, there might be nerve damage due to freezing. It could mean they have sustained a spinal cord injury, and paralysis is expected soon. If nothing happens after pushing on their earlobe for about three minutes, then it is time to head to the vet immediately. As with any animal, knowing what’s wrong before you take them in can speed up recovery and save lots of stress for them and you.

Force Water Through Their Mouths If They Won’t Eat Or Drink

Symptoms of dehydration include looking dry and thirsty, passing little urine, and drinking very little. To help your pet recover from dehydration, it’s important to replace the fluids they have lost through excessive urination and lost by vomiting. The best way for them to do this is by drinking water. You can force water through their mouths using droppers, syringes, bulbs, or pumps. To use these items for forcing water through the mouth, you will want to place the tip before squeezing the liquid from the bottle into the mouth.

Let Them Sleep If They’re Not In Pain

It can be hard to watch as your sweet. Usually, an active kitty lays limply on the floor. Is this typical feline laziness, or is something more serious going on? If you notice that they are not in pain, don’t fret! Cats like their downtime might be part of their normal sleep cycle. Make sure they have access to food and water and give them a little attention now, and then so they know you care about them.

Continue to Monitor Them At Home After A Visit To The Vet

If your pet appears more depressed and less active, is breathing more heavily, or has a fever that persists for over three days, you should call the vet. Lethargy usually does not last for more than seven days. If it persists, it could be a sign of illness such as kidney disease. Your vet will do tests and advise you on the next steps if necessary.

Cats Are Nervous Creatures

Cats are natural prey animals. They have their mother to protect them in the womb; they hide while they are kittens and hunt when they are adults. It doesn’t take much to scare a cat, so when one becomes suddenly fearful, it can be difficult for us humans to figure out what it may be reacting to. I’ve learned that it is best not only for the comfort of my feline friend but also for my sanity as we try to figure out why he’s afraid.

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