21 reasons to take your cat to the vet

Here is a list of reasons to take your cat to the vet. Richard H. Gebhart, former president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association, tells us that cat breeders and cat owners should call their veterinarian under the following circumstances. I have listed them as he did as I don’t think that there will be any copyright issues in doing this. It ensures the information is accurate. His book was published in 1991, almost 30 years ago.

Richard H. Gebhardt
Richard H. Gebhardt. Photos in the public domain as assessed.
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Call and take your cat to the veterinarian if she/he has one or more of the following illnesses or conditions:

  1. Any deep wound or wound still bleeding after pressure has been applied: see a vet at once.
  2. Seems drowsy after ingesting a foreign substance: see a vet at once
  3. Stopped breathing after chewing on a poisonous plant: see a vet at once
  4. Temperature elevated beyond 105: at once
  5. Temperature between 103 and 105, and other signs of illness present: next day
  6. Decreased appetite coupled with coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea: next day
  7. Sudden weakness in hindquarters: at once
  8. General lameness in any leg lasting more than three days: next day
  9. Red, ulcerated sore on the lips or other part of the body: at once
  10. Abscess that is warm and painful to the touch: at once
  11. Any general swelling that is warm and painful to the touch: next day
  12. Runny nose accompanied by elevated temperature, pale gums, weakness: at once
  13. Runny nose accompanied by lethargy, puss in the eye, or rapid breathing: next day
  14. Coughing accompanied by elevated temperature, difficult breathing, depressed energy level: next day
  15. Foul breath accompanied by increased water intake, increased urination, excessive appetite, lethargy: next day (this is kidney disease by the way)
  16. Evidence of trauma accompanied by shortness of breath, elevated temperature, pale gums, lethargy, at once
  17. Vomiting accompanied by lethargy, frequent attempts to urinate, elevated temperature, blood in stools: at once
  18. Diarrhoea accompanied by bloody faeces, elevated temperature, vomiting: at once
  19. Diarrhoea accompanied by dehydration: next day
  20. Constipation accompanied by straining and failure to defecate: at once
  21. Abnormally thin stools accompanied by elevated temperature: next day


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