Cats are rather secretive by nature. For example, Fluffy often likes to hide signs of illness. This can make it hard for people with kitties to tell if their pets are healthy or not. We can help! In this article from a Rochester, NY vet, you’ll read about some key indications that your feline friend is in good health.
One way to gauge your furry buddy’s overall health is to just observe how active she is. Healthy cats are often alert, frisky, and mischievous, especially while they are young.
Our feline pals are very curious. (Actually, Fluffy is downright nosy, but that’s another topic.) If you often notice your pet watching you, following you around, and/or investigating anything new you bring home, you may very well have a healthy cat on your hands!
You can often get a good idea of a kitty’s overall health simply by glancing at her. Fluffy’s fur should be soft and clean. Her eyes should be clear and bright, and you should not see any mucus or discharge from her eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
Healthy cats are at or near their normal weight. Of course, it isn’t always easy to tell if longhaired cats are obese or not. You’ll need to check with your vet for an official result, but you can get an idea by feeling Fluffy’s ribs. You should feel them fairly easily, with a layer of padding over them. If they are too prominent, or completely covered in fat, consult your vet.
Although cats can be finicky, even fussy furballs should be interested in food. If your kitty is enthusiastic about her supper, and eats the amount she is supposed to, it’s a good indication that she is healthy. It’s also a positive sign if Fluffy digests her food properly, without issues such as vomiting or diarrhea.
While these signs may be helpful in determining whether or not Fluffy is healthy, nothing replaces an official ‘report card’ from your veterinarian. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. It’s worth mentioning that proper wellness care will prevent many health issues, while regular exams allow vets to discover developing ones early. If you do notice any signs of illness, call your vet immediately.
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your Rochester, NY vet clinic, anytime.