Cats are very lovely animals, which is why many of us take them as a pet. However, with having a pet comes responsibility. That’s why you have to look after their wellness. The problem is that cats are very good at hiding illnesses and pains, however, like all animals, they show symptoms that you can easily look out for.
How to care about your cat?
Although rumored to have nine lives, cats are actually fragile, especially when domesticated as a pet? You therefore have to always be on the lookout for signs of illnesses. One of the best ways to do this is to perform periodic health checks on your cat. Some health checks to carry out can be regarding their:
The weight of your cat is a very good indicator of its health if you keep track of it. Although it may be difficult to track weight of cats aside from obvious changes, a low-grade digital scale could be of much help. With a scale, you can monitor your cat’s weight for sudden gains and reductions, and if you notice any drastic changes, it could be from health problems.
A cat’s nose is one of its greatest assets, therefore when something goes wrong health-wise, it tends to affect the organ. Its nose should be moist and clean, and not chapped or dry. Also, if you notice signs of discharge or bleeding, it is a sure sign of health problems.
Skin and fur
Cats have bright and shiny fur, which is one of what makes them attractive. Anything other than that could mean there is something wrong. Also, their skin should be warm and smooth, and not dry and flaky as those are sure indicators of something wrong.
Eyes and Ears
The eyes of your cat should be bright and clear with no discharge. Its pupil should be of equal size and open or close according to the amount of light in the area. On the other hand, your cat’s ears should be clean and dry. Although a little wax is normal, excessive discharge or foul odor could be a sign of an infection inside the ear canal. Ensure you clean wax by dipping a cotton ball in warm water and vinegar solution.
Mouth and Breathing
Open your cat’s mouth and check its teeth and gums for redness or odors. Also, its breathing should be smooth and effortless.
Other areas to check are:
- Physical touch
Carry out these checks at least once a month.
How do you know it’s time to check your cat?
Basically, cats are creatures of habits, and most times, a deviation from their normal routine might be a cause for alarm. When you notice changes in drinking habits, appetite, grooming, voice, and even litter box routine, then check your cat.
Also, aside from looking out for those signs, you should carry out periodic checks on body parts discussed in the subtopics above. These checks should be done at least once every month, however, you should also take your cats for examination by a veterinarian. Normally, vet exams should be done at least once a year, and twice for cats older than seven years.
Cats are lovely creatures and should be taken care of to remain healthy and live longer. You can do this by carrying out frequent checks and also visiting the vet doctor.