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Animals are prone to different kinds of disease in the same way humans are. Similarly, they also show signs when they are faced with illness. As owners, it is your duty to read these signs before it becomes too serious. Heart disease presents itself in dogs and cats and the signs are similar. However, cats are expert when it comes to masking their feelings. It can be difficult to gauge what your cat is feeling. But there are some signs which even cats can’t hide and reading them should tell you a lot about their heart health.
- VomitingVomiting is a common sign for many diseases and while it is not alarming for cats to vomit, it can be a sign for a heart disease. If the vomiting persists and take your cat to the vet immediately.
- breathing difficultyAgain, breathing difficulties is a sign of other diseases as well but it is a common sign in people who have heart attacks and therefore should be taken seriously. In conditions where the arteries get blocked, the oxygen is unable to reach the heart and causes the animal to gasp for breath.
- DepressionDepression can present itself in various forms in animals. Sulking, loss of appetite and loss of activity are some of the major signs of depression. Depression can often arise due to psychological problems but it can also happen due to chest pains and other heart complications.
- Weight changeWeight change is a sure-shot sign that your cat is going through certain health problems. Weight loss can arise due to chest complications and often leads to other problems in the body. It is easy for you to read this sign because if your cat misses his/her lunch, you’ll know. Take your cat to the vet or try changing the meal plan.
- RestlessnessIt’s normal for young cats to be restless because for most of the time, they will be in a playful mood. However, too much agitation or restlessness is not good and is a sign that something is not right. During chest complications, your cat will move around the house restlessly due to the pain. It is up to you to read the sign and take necessary action.
Heart disease in cats is a common thing and happens all the time. But cats don’t always show what they are feeling and this makes it difficult for you as an owner to know whether your cat is suffering from a heart problem or not. From restlessness to weight change, there are some common signs which will tell you that your cat is suffering from a heart complication.