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Signs of a Healthy Cat

Friday, August 29, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

KITTEN PRAYINGYou’ve just adopted a cute kitten, now you must make sure that he is healthy. Here are some things for you to look for.

  • Make sure that he has a good appetite. There is something wrong if he doesn’t eat within 24 hours.
  • A healthy cat’s eyes should be sharp, bright and clear, without any teary discharge or soreness. Although some breeds, like Persians, are prone to eye discharge, you should always seek advice from a vet to ensure everything is okay. If your pet’s eyes look inflamed, “gooey,” or they are constantly pawing and rubbing at them, you should take it to the vet.
  • Cats are groomers and their coats should reflect this. They should be soft and shiny without any clumps.
  • A healthy cat’s gums should be a pale pink colour, and the teeth should be clean and the breath normal – a particularly strong odorĀ could indicate digestive problems, gingivitis or a bad tooth, and should be properly investigated by a vet. Tartar can also build up on cats’ teeth, particularly as they get older, which is why their teeth should be brushed three times a week. See your vet for details on how to do this.

Remember, your pets count!

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