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Signs That Your Cat is Healthy

February 1, 2021
February is National Cat Health Month! Of course, kitty health is important all year. However, this is the perfect time to take a good look at your pet, and make sure she’s in good shape physically. In this article from Westside Animal Hospital, a Savannah, GA vet lists a few clues to look for below.

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The best way to tell if your feline buddy is in good health is to ask your vet. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on vaccines and parasite control. Regular exams are also very important!


Kitties are very proud of their pretty coats, and they spend a lot of time taking care of them. (They also generously try to share that hair with us, but that’s another topic.) Your feline pal’s fur should be soft and clean. It shouldn’t look matted or greasy, and you shouldn’t see dullness, thinning, or bald spots.


Fluffy’s eyes should be clear and bright. You might glimpse her third eyelid briefly as she closes or opens her eyes, but it shouldn’t be visible all the time. Kitties also shouldn’t have any gunk or discharge, aside from the occasional ‘sleep seed.’


Cats are very frisky and playful, which is always adorable. It never gets old seeing these frisky furballs hard at play! Fluffy will of course slow down as she grows older. However, until she reaches her geriatric years, she should still have the occasional kitten moment.


Fluffy should breathe smoothly and quietly, at least when she isn’t meowing about something. Her breath may not smell like roses, but it shouldn’t wilt plants, either.


Another indication of your kitty’s health is her weight. Just like people, cats should really be at or near their ideal weight. Even a few extra pounds can put additional strain on Fluffy’s bones and joints. Of course, being underweight isn’t good, either. If you aren’t sure where your furry buddy falls on the kitty obesity chart, there’s a quick test you can do. Try to feel your pet’s ribs. You should feel them easily between a layer of muscle and fat, but they shouldn’t stick out. If you can’t feel them at all, your furball may be a butterball. As your local Savannah, GA veterinary clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please feel free to call us anytime!

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