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Quick Cat Checklist

Saturday, February 28, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

catyawnSometimes us cat owners can overlook symptoms in our pet. The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has provided a checklist of conditions which can affect any cat especially senior cats.

If you can’t answer “yes” to all of the following statements, please call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

My cat:

is acting normally; seems active and in good spirits
does not tire easily with moderate exercise
does not have seizures or fainting episodes
has a normal appetite
has had no significant change in weight
has a normal level of thirst and drinks the usual amount of water (about an ounce per pound of body weight per day, or less)
does not vomit often
does not regurgitate undigested food
has no difficulty eating or swallowing
has normal appearing bowel movements (formed and firm with no blood or mucus)
defecates without difficulty
urinates in normal amounts and with normal frequency; urine color is normal
urinates without difficulty
always uses a clean litter box
has not developed any new offensive behavioral tendencies (such as aggression or urine spraying)
has gums that are pink with no redness, swelling, or bleeding
does not sneeze and has no nasal discharge
has eyes that are bright, clear, and free of discharge
has a coat that is full, glossy, and free of bald spots and mats; no excessive shedding is evident
doesn’t scratch, lick, or chew excessively
has skin that is not greasy and has no offensive odor
is free of fleas, ticks, lice, and mites
has no persistent abnormal swellings
has no sores that do not heal
has no bleeding or discharge from any body opening
has ears that are clean and odor free
doesn’t shake its head or scratch its ears
hears normally and reacts as usual to its environment
walks without stiffness, pain, or difficulty
has feet that appear healthy, and has claws of normal length
breathes normally without straining or coughing

Since my older cat, Molly is getting up there in age, I always check her for any abnormal symptoms. You should do the some. Don’t assume that your cat will stay healthy forever.

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