If you have a newly adopted cat, many behaviors you might brush over could be a symptom of a medical issue. Here are a few things to monitor in your new feline friend:
Activity Level: An older cat might not be interested in climbing or playing, but a kitten with a low activity level might be an alarm bell.
Appetite: For the first few days, a new cat might not eat much due to stress. However, kittens are not finicky eaters. Not eating at all is very dangerous for cats and could cause a fatal liver disease. If your cat’s appetite does not pick up after a few days, check with your vet.
Water intake: Cats don’t tend to drink a lot of water, so a cat seeking out water constantly might be anxious, or this might be a symptom of diabetes or kidney disease. A cat that doesn’t drink water at all might be not feeling well for a variety of reasons.
Bad Breath: Bad breath might be a symptom of gum disease or other dental problems. It could also be related to an infection, digestive disorder, or kidney disease.
Read the article below for more things your new cat might be telling you, and always check with your vet if you have any concerns.