Checklist for a Healthy Cat

Cats make some of the most wonderful, affectionate and loyal companions. If you’ve already adopted a cat, or plan to do so in the future, there are a number of things to consider in order to ensure that your feline is happy and healthy.  Here is a list of things to keep an eye on from your Ontario vet.

Fur:  Your kitty’s coat should be fluffy, shiny and free of matting or bare spots.

Eyes: They eyes of a healthy cat are alert, clear and bright, with no unusual discharge. You can check your cat’s eyesight by shining a flashlight into them to make sure your cat blinks and his or her eyes are looking ahead.

Ears: Check your cat’s ears to make sure they are clean and don’t emit any odors. You can also check your cat’s hearing by ringing a bell and making sure he or she reacts.

Nose:  A healthy cat’s nose should be cool and damp to the touch, and free of any discharge.

Weight:  Weight plays a big role in your cat’s overall wellbeing.  An average adult cat typically weighs between 8 and 15 pounds.  Your Ontario vet can work with you to develop a weight management plan, if needed.

Stomach: If your kitty is healthy, her stomach should not bulge. A bulging or swollen stomach could indicate a hernia, poor diet or worms.  Contact your Ontario vet if your cat’s stomach appears abnormal.

Playfulness: Cats are known for their playfulness. Healthy felines should be playful, pounce and jump with ease. If your cat appears fatigued or listless, contact your Ontario vet.

Socialization: While some cats are shy and timid, most healthy felines are well socialized.  This is typically indicated by an eagerness for attention and purring while being pet.

Skin: When you pet your cat, take a close look at his or her skin.  It should be clean and healthy looking.  If you notice any redness or scabs, give your Ontario vet a call.

In addition to these things that you can monitor at home, your Ontario vet will also measure your cat’s temperature and heart rate to make sure everything is normal.  Most loving cat owners will tell you that their cat is more than just a pet – it’s a part of the family.  By keeping a close eye on the things listed here, and working closely with your Ontario vet, you can ensure a long, happy and healthy life for your feline companion.

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