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How can I help my cat recover from an illness?

Published: Jan 15, 2013

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You've already brought your feline friend to the veterinarian for the proper diagnosis and treatment for nasty symptoms like cat diarrhea and vomiting. No matter what the vet has prescribed as a treatment to cure your furry companion, nursing a feline back to health comes with a unique set of challenges.

Provide supportive care
While your veterinarian likely performed the initial treatment, it is now up to you to make sure your cat makes a full recovery. Treating pain in cats can be difficult because felines tend to hide their pain and are private about resolving the issue.

One of the best ways to support a full recovery is to identify a quiet, familiar space your cat already enjoys and make it extra comfortable for her recovery. A window perch, small enclosure with good lighting or another favorite spot should be easy for your cat to access but still allow you full monitoring capabilities. You will also want to watch for clinical signs of cat illness like cat vomiting elsewhere in your home.

In some cases, it can help to move your cat's litter box closer to her resting spot, but it's also important to maintain a sense of routine and familiarity. Make this decision based on your cat's mobility.

Administer medication calmly and gently
One of the most important parts of treating pain in cats is making sure the feline takes her medication. Most cats are not too keen on being forced to do something, and sick cats may be even more averse to this process.

According to a 2012 report from the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine, it's a good idea to establish a routine for medicating your cat, and do it in a comfortable, controlled space. Lining a bathroom sink with a soft towel is a good way to create a secure space. Do not remove your cat from a hiding place or interrupt eating, grooming or another one of her activities to administer the medication.

Stay calm as you follow your vet's instructions and give the medicine. Unless your veterinarian recommends it, try not to use food as an aid to give medications, since this can create a negative association with food for your cat and cause eating problems. Always follow up with positive reinforcement like treats, brushing or petting. 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.

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