How To Care For a Sick Cat

By Subodh / December 20, 2014

Cats can be wonderful companions for humans, albeit not as faithful as the canine companions, some may argue! Nonetheless, cat owners vouch for the bond they have with their feline friends all over the world. They can fill your life with joy, warmth and naughty acts like no other pets can. So, it is only natural that you will feel bad when your beloved cat is sick and sulking. You need to be careful when your feline friend falls sick or develops an infection. They can become snappy or irritable during the period. While taking the animal to a vet is of utmost importance, you need to learn home care tips for the cat.

Below listed are a few useful tips that you can utilize while caring for your sick cat:

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A Quiet, Comfortable Place

Just like humans, cats can be quite moody and any cat owner will swear by that! When the cat is sick, it is important that you keep him or her in a suitable place. The room should be warm and quiet, above anything. Do not let kids access the cat at this time as some cats tend to be snappy when they are unwell. Ensure there is no loud noise or anything that can make the animal disturbed or irritated during this time. It is also important that other pets, if any, cannot access the room at this time. The room should get adequate light and air though.

Suitable Bedding

When your cat is sick, you should offer him or her proper and cozy bedding. Check if the bedding has become soiled on a daily basis and if necessary, change it. The bedding should be soft and warm. You may use a blanket if necessary.

Cleaning Options

While cats do not require bathing like dogs in general, ensure the room where the sick cat is kept has provisions for draining water. This can be necessary when you need to administer medications for wounds and a cleanup will be required. In some situations, the sick cat may vomit and cleaning up will become necessary.

It is also necessary to keep the ill cat clean. Skin wounds should be treated with prescribed ointments or drops. You should use clean, medicated cloth to wipe the body. Use gentle brushing to keep the fur clean and warm up the cat a little.

Inducing Interest To Eat

When the cat is sick, it may so happen that he or she will have less appetite than usual. Some cats may stop eating when they are unwell. While forcing the animal to eat is not a good idea, you can try other ways to revive the desire to eat. For example, you may heat up food you know the cat is fond of in the vicinity. It can be fish or chicken. In general, protein rich liquid and semi solid foods are advisable for giving to a cat that is ill. Do not lure the cat with treats that should not be given to him during illness though. At times, giving the cat a light rubbing or petting can be helpful.

Administering Medication

Based on the ailment, it may be necessary to administer tablet, liquid or powder based medications to your cat. Some cat owners give medications with food, but it is not compulsory to do so unless directed by the veterinarian. Keep water within reach of the cat. Cats are very good at sensing the feelings of their human companions and so do not become tensed or anxious about giving medication. It will make the cat become anxious or irritated as well. When you need to apply ointments or creams externally, ensure the cat is wrapped in a towel or cloth and ask another person to apply the medication when you hold the cat carefully.

Adhering To Vet’s Instructions

This can be important when your cat has undergone serious treatment or operation and post treatment recovery has been prescribed at home. The vet may offer you certain guidelines and routine checkup for ensuring a speedy recovery of the feline companion. So, take temperature daily or as required and stick to the medication schedule. If bandages and wounds are there, they should be cleaned with care.