Feline Speak: A Beginners Guide to Reading the Signals of a Sick Cat

“Reading Your Cat’s Body Language: How to Recognise When It is Unwell”

A ginger kitten with a white chest and tummy.
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As a responsible pet owner, it is crucial to understand your cat’s body language and recognise when it is unwell. By doing so, you can take prompt action and ensure your feline friend receives the necessary care.

To begin with, observe your cat’s behaviour and body language. A healthy cat is usually active, alert, and curious. However, if you notice your cat is lethargic, uninterested in its surroundings, or hiding, it may be a sign of illness.

Additionally, pay attention to your cat’s physical appearance. A healthy cat has a shiny coat, bright eyes, and clean ears. If you notice any changes in your cat’s appearance, such as a dull coat, discharge from the eyes or ears, or a change in appetite, it may indicate an underlying health issue.

Furthermore, familiarise yourself with your cat’s vocalisations. Cats communicate through meows, purrs, and hisses. If your cat is meowing excessively or making unusual sounds, it may be a sign of discomfort or pain.


In conclusion, understanding your cat’s body language is essential for maintaining its health and well-being. By being attentive to your cat’s behaviour, appearance, and vocalisations, you can detect any signs of illness and seek veterinary care promptly.


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