Plenty of cues are given to your cat's current state of health. Here’s what you should look for.
You see your cat every day. But despite this familiarity, how confident are you in your ability to recognize health trouble when you see it?
At first glance, your cat may seem perfectly healthy. Just know that cats have evolved to show few, if any, outward signs of illness or weakness as this can make them a target in the wild. This is why it’s important to understand the clues that can give you information about your cat's current state of health.
This activity will introduce you to the signs of health in your cat. They can differ subtly for every cat, but the overall rule of thumb is to work through this checklist monthly, looking for these types of changes to the status quo. And the earlier you and your veterinarian catch some illnesses, the more options you will likely have for treatment.
Before you get started, always try to make the routine of checking your cat’s health an enjoyable experience. This can include extra cuddling, petting or treats.
Extra play can help, but be sure this is done after the inspection since cats can get overly excited and may misinterpret the health check as additional play. So it’s important not to get your cat too worked up before trying some of these techniques.