Cats are a pretty resilient sort of creature that can withstand a lot. But you know your pet and when something goes wrong, you can generally figure it out. Sometimes though the signs aren’t as obvious as you’d like them to be, or you might not be looking. Here are a few things to be aware of that might mean your cat is sick.

First, check the nose. Like dogs, a wet nose is a good sign whereas a dry nose could mean illness such as a fever or something else. Don’t instantly just assume that if you cat’s nose is dry that they’re sick though. This is just one of many possible symptoms that could mean a variety of things, and there are just as many reason why your cat’s nose isn’t wet, so if it happens to be dry take some time to see if anything from this article is happening.

When your cat’s behavior changes, this can be a major indicator that something is seriously wrong. Does you cat usually prefer to be out in the open but is starting to hide instead? Is their usually relaxed face looking tense? Have they stopped eating or are eating far less than normal? These are all easy things to pick up on, and while they don’t necessarily mean something is horrifically wrong, it’s wise to call the vet for further advice. It might just turn out to be indigestion, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

One major warning sign that you may not have thought of is a sudden increase in your cat’s interest to run outside and hide somewhere. It’s morbid, but when cats are getting ready to die, they generally prefer to do it alone somewhere, hence why they could be running and hiding. This goes along with hiding as if they can’t get outside they’ll at least try and hide wherever possible inside the house, frequently under beds or behind couches and such. If you suspect that your cat is planning his end of life moments, take him to the vet immediately.

You don’t want to lose your head over every little thing, but you also don’t want to lose your feline companion either, especially when warning signs are there. Don’t overreact but make sure to call the vet with any questions. They’ll be able to make the final decision for you and guide you to act rationally. Just be aware of your cat’s behaviors!