How to comfort a sick cat

by Sikandar Ali

“Why is my feline friend sick?” is a mostly asked question. Having an ill kitten in your house is never fun. Because it isn’t easy to have to care for that debilitated cat. You never want to see her in this miserable state. If your feline is feeling low, providing some relief and petting can help it feel better. Sometimes, you tried doing everything you can to make your cat content and healthy – but still, just as humans, your kitten might get sick.

Most of the condition doesn’t worsen and can be dealt with at home, but if you find any serious problem, immediately contact your vet. During the treatment, it is necessary that you strictly follow all your vet’s advice and directions.

Observing your cat’s signals and keenly noting any behavior modification or regime changes and irritation and inconvenience when moving or being even slightly touched are all excellent beginning points in identifying if something is seriously wrong. There are possibilities that pre-recognition of cat emergencies will increase the likelihood of a better outcome. With the best tips, you can make your sick kitten feel comfortable during its ailment.

Why cats become sick?

The leading causes of cats being sick are ingesting any foreign items like pieces of cord, rubber strips and ribbons, toxic human foods, e.g., onions and chocolate, and dangerous products just like antifreeze, plants, and human medications, etc.

Symptoms of a sick cat:

Following are some symptoms of a sick cat.

  • An apparent fall in activity level
  • Increased urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Reduction of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Continuous vomiting
  • Lying in a separate place than normal
  • Swollen stomach
  • White gums
  • Eye crust
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Breathing disorders
  • Weakness
  • Oozing
  • Dull or multicolored coat
  • Flaking or scabs

These are few symptoms that are an indication of a sick feline. If you observe these symptoms, immediately note down your observations and, without any further delay, take your cat to the vet.

The following tips will help you in caring for a kitten that is suffering from any problem.

Avoid self-medication:

Never give your cat heavy medications other than those recommended explicitly by a vet who will guide you about the exact dose and frequency necessary for your cat. It would be best to keep in mind that the feline liver can’t process some medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Even just a single dose of these medicines can be dangerous for your cat. After giving prescribed medicines, make sure to provide her with gentle cat treats, i.e., petting.

Care for your cat’s special needs: 

Whenever your feline friend is feeling down, it may need some special attention. Here are some special needs of cats:

  • Provide it with a smooth, friendly place to rest.
  • Cats like gentle petting. It allows her to feel relaxed and let her know you are with her. She loves your snugness, so if you want to comfort your sick cat, do so in a peaceful place.
  • The best thing for caring for a sick cat is to support her in getting well soon. For this purpose, you must quarantine her from everyone to get her proper rest and avoid needless communications with other pets.
  • The most important tip is “Stay calm.” Cats can observe our depression or frustrations, and these can make her feel frightened, stressed, and hopeless.
  • Clean the dust of feline’s nose and gunk of eyes with a neat, damp cotton cloth. If they still look dirty with yellow-green substances, consult a vet to get any ophthalmic antibiotic, which can immediately boost eye health.

Hydrate your cat:

Do you know, most healthy kittens do not consume enough water in contrast to many other species? Cats with severe problems are unable to nurse or eat and can quickly become dehydrated. That’s why you should make sure that your sick cat is adequately hydrated. It is necessary for cats with severe disorders like kidney disorders, diabetes, cancer to drinking enough water.

Provide good and healthy food:

Many disorders can be prevented if your cat possesses a well-built immune system and gets a continuous supply of essential vitamins and minerals. If your feline is not willing to eat, you can heat its food and provide its favorites. If it still is reluctant to eat even after 24 hours, consult a vet. Also, diets for felines should not contain raw meat, eggs, unbaked milk products. Avoid other foods that could result in infections.

Keep him away from the noise:

To feel secure, your cat wants her own space and an uncomplicated way to run away if it all gets too much. Please don’t make her feel crowded; instead, give her a space to escape and do her favorite things. Like humans, too much noise or action can irritate your cat or develop extreme stress. We know how inconvenient it can be to rest when there is noise outside, and our felines feel the very same. So keep the noise and disturbance level down.    A gloomy quiet room is a perfect place for a cat that is not feeling well.

Train your cat:

You should train your feline friend to replace a hopeless behavior with an optimistic one. It will be helpful whenever your cat is sick and lose hope to get well. For instance, if your kitten becomes ill, this training will help her quickly eliminate the particular problem. The ultimate purpose of this training is to train your kitten to secure and soon get well.