Paying Attention to Your Pet's Normal Behavior May Save Their Life: Recognizing Hidden Illnesses


Signs of a sick dog or cat can include:

  • A pet who is normally cuddly not wanting to be touched, petted or carried and suddenly swatting, snapping or growlin instead.
  • A pet who is fine around the other cats and dogs suddenly spending all their time hiding away or fighting with the other animals.
  • Not wanting to eat, or eating only soft things (could signal a dental issue).
  • Not wanting to play.
  • Vomiting, diahrea, coughing, sneezing, chewing on their body.
  • Not drinking or water gulping.
  • A sudden lessening or increase in urination
  • Straining to defecate.
  • Seepage from eyes or nose.
  • Sudden lumps or bumps.


For example, Kenny, who I talk about in my book, was fine and healthy for 6 years then one morning woke up one Sunday and vomited all day. Tests at the Veterinarian the next day uncovered a life threatening blood sugar level, that turned out to be Cushing's disease and diabetes. If he had not been hospitlized immediately he would have died within a couple of days.


Raja, another one I talk about in my book, liked her tummy rubbed. That's how I noticed a lump forming on a nipple. It turned out to be breast cancer. Fiona cat stopped eating one day - it was lymphoma. In both cases, neither had shown any symptoms prior to that.


From Dr. Stacy Eckman at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (and my Veterinarians also say the same): 

“Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is probably due to survival instinct. Most signs of illness or injury are subtle.”


It is important to get the pet to a Veterinarian sooner rather than later. It could be something simple an allergy pill will cure, or it could be as serious as the beginning of diabetes, kidney failure, or cancer so it's important to not let it go.

From Dr. Stacy Eckman at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (and my Veterinarians also say the same): 

“Cats tend to hide their symptoms, which is probably due to survival instinct. Most signs of illness or injury are subtle.”