Caring for a sick cat

When your cat is ill, it is crucial that you follow your vet’s advice closely. It is important to take your cat for re-examination as requested by your vet and if your cat’s condition unexpectedly worsens you should contact your vet immediately.

If your cat has had an operation you should ensure they spend their convalescence (recovery) in a warm, dry and peaceful location. A litter tray should be provided within a short walking distance of your cat’s bed. You may need to invest in a litter box with low sides to allow easy access.


During recovery it is essential your cat is provided with food and water. Sometimes, when cats are ill they will stop eating or drinking, so it is very important to monitor your cat’s intake so you know when intervention is necessary.

Encourage your cat to eat a little and often. Warming food to body temperature can make it more appealing your cat.


Cats who are sick often stop grooming, so it is important your take over this role and brush your cat’s fur at least twice a day. Any discharges from the eyes, nose or mouth should be gently wiped away using warm, moist cotton pad.


Monitor your cat’s recovery closely and keep notes on how much he or she is eating and drinking, urinating and defecating and whether your cat develops any unexpected signs such as sneezing, coughing, vomiting or diarrhea. If you notice anything unusual seek veterinary advice immediately.