If you are a cat owner, you know that they are largely independent animals that look after themselves. Because of this, it can be easy to get lulled into a sense of complacency when it comes to taking them to the veterinarian. You may only take them in for vaccinations and even that can easily be overlooked sometimes. However, there are times when it is important to get your cat to the veterinarian's office and get them checked out. Get to know a few of the signs it is time to take your cat to the vet. That way, you can be sure you are taking care of your cat's health in the best way possible.
You Notice a Lump or Growth
One of the signs you should take your cat to the veterinarian is if you notice they have a lump or a growth on their body. This can be as small as a little pimple or a larger growth. Either way, skin growths are unusual in cats and should be checked out by a vet.
With any luck, the skin growth or lump is just a bug bite or a fatty non-cancerous tumor known as a lipoma. However, it is better to be safe than sorry and have it looked at right away. It could be a sign of an infection or worse could be something cancerous. The sooner you get these types of growths looked at, the better the outcome of treatment and care.
Your Cat Is Constantly Squinting or Has Their Eyes Closed
If your cat starts to squint a lot of the time or has their eyes closed and refuses to open them (or seems like they cannot open them), you should head to the veterinarian's office right away. Your cat could have a foreign body lodged in their eye like a hair or some other type of debris.
They could also have an eye infection or injury from playing with other cats or the like. Severe allergies or irritations could also cause this issue.
No matter what the cause, it will require some kind of treatment. Foreign bodies can be carefully removed by your vet. Injuries can be monitored and surgery can be performed on severe injuries. Allergies and infections can be treated with medications and eye drops.
Now that you know about just a few of the signs it is time to take your cat to the veterinarian, you know what to watch out for and can get your cat in for treatment right away.