Health Check Your Cat

Although your cat needs a check-up with the vet once a year, you can also carry out your own health check at home. Here are some of the main areas to keep an eye on so your feline friend stays as healthy as possible through the year.

Skin and coat

Check for any lesions or scaling as this could indicate a skin condition or infestation of fleas/mites. Their coat should be shiny and glossy with no bald patches or dandruff – cats typically shed in autumn as well as springtime, so it’s a good idea to groom them regularly.

Ears

Although you shouldn’t examine too far inside your cat’s ears, you can look for any dirt, redness, or other signs that they might be infected. If your cat shakes its head or holds it to one side, they could have an ear problem and your vet will be able to examine them more closely.

Eyes

Eye health issues are generally easier to spot, as redness or soreness becomes fairly obvious. Your cat may rub their eyes to relieve itchiness, or squint to avoid the light and ease soreness.

Mouth

Good dental hygiene is important for cat health and you may already brush your cat’s teeth regularly. If you notice they have bad breath or red/swollen gums, or are salivating more than normal, it’s advisable to take them to the vet as they could have tooth decay, gum disease or a digestive problem.

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