Here are some Good to Remember tips for anybody in charge of kitty care.:
Straining to go to the toilet:
Straining to go to the toilet can be mistaken for constipation, but a far more serious cause is FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease), which can lead to the cat becoming completely blocked & unable to urinate. Straining in the litter tray is always cause for concern & urgent veterinary attention necessary.
Blockage for male cats is extremely severe and can cause death if not treated.
Females have a much wider urinary tract; thus blockages, while still serious, are not as life-threatening as for males.
All cats vomit from time to time & generally this is normal. You should seek medical attention if your cat vomits several times within an hour, the vomit contains blood, mucus or if your cat is also displaying other signs of sickness.
Vomiting in kittens should be investigated immediately.
Please take note of the color, content, and consistency of the vomit. These details will help the vet make a diagnosis.
Diarrhea lasting more than 12 hours or if it is blood or mucous tinged or accompanied by other signs of sickness.
Diarrhea in kittens is especially worrisome as they can become dehydrated so quickly. Urgent veterinary attention is necessary.
Unsteady, wobbly gait, walking in circles.
Other symptoms to look for:
Lethargy, fever, limp body, sweaty skin and fur. These can indicate infection, a possibly fatal reaction to medication, or other serious illness.
When in doubt, call a vet! Pet Samaritan in Portland cares for the House of Dream kitties. Their website has a lot of great links and resources for pet care information!