Your Healthy Cat
A cat’s overall health can be seen from a number of outward physical signs.
Eyes: A healthy cat’s eyes are clear and bright. Tearing, redness, or swelling may indicate infection or allergies.
Nostrils: A healthy cat’s nose is usually dry. A runny nose, nasal discharge, or sneezing may be signs of a respiratory infection or other problem.
Ears: The insides of a healthy cat’s ears are clean and free of any discharge. Tiny specks or a thick black discharge may be signs of ear mite infestation. A whitish, pus-like discharge may indicate a yeast infection.
Coat and skin: Your cat’s coat should be smooth and glossy, with no signs of skin dryness, scaling, flakes, or bare patches.
Mouth, teeth, and gums: Gums and other tissues inside the mouth should be pink and moist, and teeth should be clean and generally white. Ulcers or sores inside the mouth are signs of a viral or bacterial infection.
Excessive buildup of yellowish tartar on the teeth, if not removed, can cause serious health problems, including endocarditis (infection inside the valves of the heart). This is because tartar buildup can cause bleeding gums, allowing bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream.
Weight: While cats, like people, tend to come in different sizes, a healthy cat should not be over- or underweight. A protruding belly can signal obesity, which increases the cat’s risk of heart and liver disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and arthritis. An underweight cat may have visible ribs and drooping skin, which may indicate intestinal parasites or malnutrition.
Behavior: Healthy cats are generally alert, curious, and playful to various degrees. Younger cats generally have more energy and eagerness to play, but even an older cat usually shows some interest in games. A healthy adult cat may normally sleep quite a lot, but when awake should appear bright-eyed and aware of his surroundings.
Listlessness, fearfulness, excessive sleeping, or aggression may signal an underlying medical problem.
Yours in Health,
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This article was originally posted and shared by Michael Goldman, an entrepreneur, teacher, writer/author, and animal care provider, who along with his wife Terry are best known as the founders of the Healthy Pet Network. As respected authorities and consultants regarding Animal Health and Longevity, they help people with their pet’s health and well being. Their “passion” is the continued development of the Healthy Pet Network Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The Rescue and Sanctuary provides a home, food, medical attention and love for homeless or injured animals. For more information, or to reach Michael, please visit the main site at www.healthypetnetwork.org or through their informational blog at www.healthypetnetwork.net