No pet owner would like to watch their cat suffering. However, if you are a new pet owner, chances are you will not be aware of what may constitute a pet emergency and what is a minor health problem that your cat will easily overcome. It is critical for individuals to know discern the difference so that they can save money by avoiding unnecessary vet visits but also make sure that they are not risking the life of their cat. Read on for some of the feline medical emergencies that would warrant a visit to your local vet.
Sudden onset diarrhoea and/or vomiting
If your cat suddenly starts to throw up and have a runny stomach, it could be indicative of an assortment of medical problems. Most commonly, sudden onset diarrhoea and vomiting would be due to a dietary indiscretion. However, they can also come about due to an infectious disease, parasitic infestations and other issues that would affect their digestive system. If the diarrhoea and vomiting are not arrested post haste, your cat becomes at risk of severe dehydration, which would also put their life at risk. It is advisable to visit your vet so that the symptoms are addressed and the cause of the illness diagnosed and treated.
Another reason why you should rush your cat to the vet is if they have developed toxic shock. Toxic shock will typically come about if your cat has ingested hazardous chemicals in or around your home. One of the more common culprits of this would be cleaning agents in the home. But your cat may also develop toxic shock if they ingest antifreeze from a leaking air conditioning system, rodenticide, prescription medications and anything else that is not safe for ingestion.
Allergic reactions are not limited to humans. Pets are susceptible to allergies too, and this can prove quite complicated, as you would not have a medical history to refer to if your cat has never succumbed to one before! There is a broad range of reasons why felines could develop allergic reactions. One of the usual suspects is anaphylaxis, which would be brought on if your cat is stung by certain insects. Some of the symptoms to be wary of that would imply an allergic reaction include extreme lethargy, swelling, difficulty in breathing and downright collapsing. Immediate medical attention is required when your cat suffers from an allergic reaction, as it could be a matter of life and death.