Cat Symptoms Checker-What Is Wrong With My Cat?

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Abdomen (painful)

Abdomen (swollen)

  • Ascites
  • Bloat
  • Constipation/megacolon
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Intestinal worms
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Pyometra – Uterine infection.
  • Ruptured bladder
  • Tumours of the liver, spleen, kidney, intestine.

Aggressive behaviour

Painful conditions including:

Other:

Alopecia (hair loss)

Pruritic (itchy):

Nonpruritic (non-itchy):

Anal bleeding

  • Constipation
  • Polyps
  • Hookworm
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer
  • Colitis
  • Infection
  • Blood clotting disorders

Anal scooting

  • Constipation
  • Tumour
  • Worms

Anorexia (not eating)

Ataxia (unsteady gait)

 

Bad breath (halitosis)

 

Bald spots

  • Abscess
  • Ringworm
  • Food allergy
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Miliary dermatitis
  • Feline acne
  • Folliculitis
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Topical medications (reaction)
  • Vaccine (reaction)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Eosinophilic granuloma complex

Black tarry stools (melena)

  • Vitamin D toxicity
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Foreign object
  • Ingestion of blood
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Cancer
  • Trauma

Blindness

 

Bleeding (excessive)

  • Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)
  • Hemophilia
  • Poisoning (snake, anti-coagulant rodenticides, cycad seeds)

Blood in stool (bright red)

 

Blood in stool (dark/tarry)

  • Gastrointestinal ulcers
  • Foreign body
  • Ingestion of blood (nosebleed, bleeding in the lungs, dental bleeding)
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Aspirin poisoning
  • Tumours
  • Vitamin D toxicity
  • Trauma
  • Infection

Blood in urine (hematuria)

Breathing (rapid)

Claws (thickened)

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Old age
  • Acromegaly

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

  • Brain tumour
  • Certain drugs
  • Feline dysautonomia
  • Head trauma
  • Insulinoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Poisoning
  • Retinal detachment

Drinking (increased thirst)

 

Drooling

Dull hair coat

Excessive blinking

Eye discharge

  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
  • 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

  • Blastomycosis
  • Pyothorax
  • Lungworm
  • Diaphragmatic hernia

Fading kitten syndrome

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

Fever

  • Blastomycosis
  • Infection (bacterial, viral, protozoal)
  • Idiopathic (unknown cause)
  • Cancer
  • Some drugs
  • Disease of the endocrine (hormonal) system (hypocalcemia)
  • Glycogen storage disease
  • Lungworm
  • Plague
  • Pyothorax
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Tularemia
  • Spider bite
  • Ecoli
  • Pseudorabies
  • Paracetamol poisoning
  • Campylobacteriosis

Frequent urination

  • Bladder stones
  • Cystitis
  • Diabetes
  • Acute or chronic kidney failure
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infection

 

Gums (colour)

Hair loss

  • See alopecia

Head tilt

Head shaking

  • Ear mites
  • Ear infection or inflammation
  • Polyps
  • Demodicosis
  • Feline scabies
  • Foreign object in ear
  • Allergies
  • Insect bites and stings

 

Hunger (increased)

  • Not feeding enough
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Acromegaly
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Insulin-producing tumour
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Certain medications

Hyperactivity

Hypersalivation

  • Heinz body anemia
  • Poisoning (cane coad, arum plants, organophosphate, synthetic pyrethroids, durana erecta, tobacco, macrocyclic lactone antihelmintic)
  • Pyothorax

Inappropriate urination

 

Increased heart rate

Increased thirst

  • See drinking

Increased urination

  • Vitamin D toxicity

Itchy anus

Itchy ear

 

Itchy skin

 

Lethargy

Limping

  • Arthritis
  • Arterial thromboembolism
  • Bone cancer
  • Broken bone
  • Calicivirus
  • Declawing pain
  • Joint dislocation
  • Foreign body (glass, splinter etc)
  • Insect bite or sting
  • Spinal cord or nerve injury
  • Lyme disease
  • Laceration
  • Sprains
  • Nail injuries
  • Overgrown claws
  • Paw pad injuries

Nasal discharge

  • Upper respiratory infection (cat flu)
  • Nasal polyps
  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Nasal tumours
  • Head trauma
  • Foreign objects in the nasal cavity
  • Allergies
  • Cleft palate
  • Cheyletiellosis
  • Tooth root abscesses
  • Pneumonia

 

Nosebleeds

  • Blood clotting disorders such as hemophilia
  • Ingestion of poisons (rat poison, aspirin). It is possible for cats to either directly consume rat poison or to indirectly become poisoned by killing and/or eating a rodent who has ingested rat poison itself
  • Foreign body (such as grass seed)
  • Trauma (running into something, hit by car etc)
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Dental abscess
  • Infections (bacterial, viral, fungal) which can cause ulceration
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Polycythemia

 

Painful abdomen

  • See abdomen

Painful urination

  • Cystitis
  • Bladder infection
  • Urinary crystals
  • Kidney stones

Panting

Paralysis

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

Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

Pupils dilated (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
  • Tumours

Rapid/shallow breathing
(tachypnea)

  • Anemia
  • Pneumonia
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Hernia
  • Tumours
  • Airway obstruction
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pain
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Scabby ears

  • Pemphigus
  • Ringworm
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Allergy (food, contact, inhalant, insect, flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Sunburn
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Frostbite
  • Hypothyroidism

Scabs (neck)

  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Abscess

Scabs (back)

  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Abscess

Seizures

 

Straining to urinate

 

Swollen abdomen

  • See abdomen

Swollen breast and/or nipple

  • Lactating
  • Pregnancy
  • Galactostasis
  • Feline mammary hypertrophy
  • Mammary hyperplasia
  • Mammary cancer
  • Mastitis

Swollen chin

  • Insect bite or sting
  • Abscess
  • Feline acne
  • Oral cancer
  • Dental abscess
  • Rodent ulcer
  • Allergy

 

Swollen eye

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Foreign body in the eye
  • Entropion (eyelid folding inwards)
  • Allergies
  • Viral or bacterial infection

 

Swollen lymph nodes

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Allergy
  • Cancer

Swollen paw

  • Foreign object
  • Declawing complications
  • Ingrown claw
  • Abscess
  • Plasma cell pododermatitis
  • Burns
  • Frostbite
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Paracetamol poisoning
  • Insect bite or sting

 

Tremors

Vomiting

Food/Diet Related:

  • Eating too fast
  • Rapid change in the diet. If you are going to switch brands or type of food, gradually introduce the new type over a few days
  • Eating inappropriate foods such as old or mouldy food, food inappropriate for cats etc.
  • Food allergies
  • Food intolerance
  • Foreign object. Bones, wool etc.
  • Ingestion of toxins such as antifreeze, aspirin, poisonous plants etc.
  • Parasites
  • Intestinal worms

Medical related:

 

Vomiting blood

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


Wheezing

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Cat flu
  • Foreign body lodged in airways
  • Hairballs
  • Heartworm
  • Lungworm

 

Weakness

 

Weight loss