It’s never easy to have to care for a sick cat. Just like us, cats are prone to common illness as well as occasionally needing immediate medical care. While medicine is available for cats, treatment is never quite that simple, because cats can’t speak to tell us what’s wrong.
Reading your cats cues and noting any behavioral or dietary changes as well as pain and discomfort when moving or being touched are all good starting points in determining if something is wrong.
The first step in alleviating any discomfort for your cat is to visit your local veterinarian.
However, there are circumstances in the life of a cat where medical intervention is not appropriate. In these cases, it can be tough to care for your sick cat, especially when you don’t exactly know what to do for them.
Here is a guide of a few things you can do to keep a sick cat comfortable:
- Turn to pain medication when necessary. Pain medication can alleviate a lot of the discomfort.
- Encourage your cat to drink as much water as possible. Staying hydrated can often combat a lot of illnesses. If your cat is finding it difficult to drink from a bowl, use a medicine dropper.
- Keep the noise level down. We know how difficult it can be to rest when it is noisy and our cats feel the same. A dark a quiet room is an ideal environment for a cat that is sick.
- Many cats crave contact and giving warmth through body contact is a great way to keep your sick cat comfortable.