Cats who used to play regularly with others but now avoid them may be reacting to a serious stressor.Though it might not seem that way to feline aficionados, the veterinary establishment considers cats to be subtle creatures. Indeed, when it comes to displaying signs of sickness, cats are masters of obfuscation and disguise. They simply do not want news of their diminished physical state disseminated.
It's been postulated that cats unconsciously behave this way so as not to inform predators and competitors of their current weakness. If their true condition was known, their instincts tell them, they'd lose status in their colonies or worse - they might succumb to predators.
Veterinarians are all too aware of this phenomenon. After all, not a clinical day goes by that we're not treated to the case of a patient whose illness mysteriously managed to avoid detection. Which is problematic, of course, given that the sooner they're discovered the less complicated our cats' conditions tend toRead More »from 11 Subtle Signs Your Cat is Sick