Many times, as a pet owner, it’s hard to know whether your cat’s condition is a true medical emergency or not… or more importantly, if it warrants getting up in the middle of the night to seek medical attention from a veterinary professional you don’t know.  Listed below are some signs that warrant getting to an emergency vet ASAP.

  • Difficulty breathing (i.e. open-mouth breathing, panting, or a respiratory rate of over 50 breaths per minute.
  • Hiding (under the bed, in a closet, etc.) Cats hide their clinical signs of disease usually until it is really severe.
  • Not moving.
  • Straining or making multiple trips to the litter box.
  • Lack of urine in the litter box for more than 36 hours.
  • Painful when being picked up.
  • Profuse vomiting (more than 2 to 3 times per night).
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Seizure or twitching.
  • Any trauma.
  • Any poisoning or toxin ingestion.
  • Collapse.
  • Anything that makes you worried.

While this list isn’t all-inclusive, it gives you a good general idea of possible emergency conditions.  Keep in mind that the sooner you diagnose and treat a problem, the less expensive it often is.  When in doubt, if you are concerned, bring them in, because you know your cat the best.  The time is a small sacrifice for your cat’s health and your peace of mind.