Cat Physical Health

Along with establishing a baseline of your cat's normal daily appetite and behaviors, it's important to look at your cat's current body condition. Physical signs that your cat is getting the nutrition she needs for whole body health can be seen every day, from teeth to tail.
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Is your cat getting the proper nutrition he or she needs for each stage of life? Some physical signs that your cat is getting the nutrients her body needs include pink gums, healthy teeth, a glossy, thick coat and a healthy weight. Start by determining signs of physical health in your cat today so you can be sure to identify any potential issues in the future.

Signs of a Healthy Body

  • Moderate, uniform body temperature
  • Lean muscle
  • Pink gums and tongue
  • Ribs can be felt, but not protruding

Signs of a Potential Problem

  • Lumps and bumps under skin
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Body temperature varying at different places
  • Inflamed gums
  • Sensitive or cracked teeth
  • Cracked pads or nails


A cat’s eyes are windows to her inner health. The advanced nutrition of Purina ONE supports your cat’s eye health at each stage of life, from kitten to adult to senior. Establish a baseline of your cat’s eye health to make checking in for signs of health easy every day.

Signs of Healthy Eyes

  • Bright, clear, alert eyes
  • Very little discharge

Signs of a Potential Problem

  • Excessive drainage or discharge around eyes
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Cat's third eyelid is showing


When your cat is getting the balanced nutrition she needs to stay healthy, her coat should be shiny, glossy and supple, and her skin should be elastic and hydrated. Cats need a combination of nutrients like Vitamin E, Vitamin A and fatty acids provided by Purina ONE wet and dry foods to help nourish their skin and coat at each life stage.

Signs of Healthy Coat

  • Bright, glossy, thick coat
  • Elastic and hydrated skin

Signs of a Potential Problem

  • Dull coat; rough fur; thin coat
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Cat has stopped grooming or exhibits excessive grooming

Be sure to make clear notes of your cat’s baseline for appetite, behavior and body condition. Remember, this will be the starting point for establishing whole body health for a lifetime!

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What does a healthy appetite look like for your cat?


Determine your cat's norm for play, social interactions, rest and more.


Follow these simple guidelines to evaluate your cat's body condition.