At some point, every cat owner has had a circumstance where they have wondered, “does my pet need to see the vet?” Our first instinct is to search the internet for an answer to our problems. Whether you have a cat, dog or bird, it is always best to call your veterinarian to get an expert opinion on your pet’s health. Likewise, it is important that you are aware of what symptoms to look out for in a sick or injured cat.
Acting differently: Did you know that cats instinctively hide their pain? This is a survival mechanism that can keep them safe in the wild. When a cat is not feeling well they will hide or avoid the interaction. Additionally, your cat could become lethargic, neglect grooming, or simply not act like themselves.
Gums are discolored: Your cat’s gums can reveal a lot about their health. Your cat’s gums should be pink when healthy. Different colored gums can represent a wide variety of problems. It is important to report discolored gums to your vet immediately.
Walking abnormally: If you notice that your cat is favoring a particular leg, moving strangely, or won’t put weight on a limb, they may have arthritis, an infection or another form of injury.
Litter box habits have changed: When your cat starts making frequent trips to their litter box or showing signs of pain near the litter box, they may be experiencing a UTI or even a blockage. Urinary infections can be very serious and painful for your cat, it is important that you seek assistance as soon as possible.
Change in appetite: It is not uncommon for cats to refuse to eat when they are not feeling well. In contrast, there are certain illnesses that will increase a cat’s appetite. Suddenly drinking a large amount of water can also be indicative of an illness. Deviation from your cat’s typical diet is a tell-tale sign to see a vet.
If you notice that your cat is showing signs of any of the above 5 symptoms it is important that you seek assistance from your veterinarian as soon as possible. Here at Village West Veterinary, our office was created to provide our pets and their owners with the best conscientious and knowledgeable medical and surgical experience tailored to the needs of any situation.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.