Monthly Cat Home Checkups for Good Health
Prevention and early detection requires home checkup when caring for cats as it can save time, money and heartaches. Caring for cats should include a monthly home checkup of your cats health can help avert problems before they develop into tragedies.
Get to know your cat’s body, habits and personality so you will be alert to any changes from the norm.
Check your cats weight. Standing above her and looking down, you should be able to see a slight indentation behind her rib cage. You should be able to easily feel her ribs, but they should not protrude.
If you can not easily feel her ribs, she is overweight and needs to go on a reducing diet! Your cats weight, just like people, is extremely important when caring for your cat.
Cat Skin and Coat
Healthy coats and skins are glossy, flexible and not excessively oily. Run your hands all over her body and against the grain of the coat. You should not feel or see scales, scabs, redness, sores or
Black specks are a sign of flea infestation. A dull coat can be an indication of illness or bad nutrition.
Cat Grooming is the best way spot signs of problems in cat skin and coat.
Myrene Nielson, advises several pet grooming firms, and says
If you are a proud owner of a cat , then you must get the following pet grooming supplies for yourself
Read her full article here Advice to cat owners.
Check for any lumps or bumps on the head and chin. Move your hands behind her front legs and under her shoulders. Run your hands down the back and sides and then down the front and back of the hind legs. Check the mammary glands. Inspect the foot pads, and claws for any swelling or injury.
The cat eyelids should be smooth. Pull down the lower eyelid to check the conjunctiva. It should be pink and smooth. Especially with Persian cats and Himalayans, make sure that the eyelashes or hairs on the nose are not rubbing on the eyeball. If the conjunctiva is red and swollen or if a yellow or greenish discharge is present, contact your veterinarian.
The third eyelid, haw or nictitating membrane sometimes is visible even in healthy Persian cats. If it is covering much of the eye, it is sometimes an indicator of disease. If they eventually return to normal (barely visible at the corners of the eyes), it may mean that the eyes were temporarily irritated.
The whites or sclera should be glossy white and not red or yellow. The pupils of the eye should dilate (get bigger) in low light and constrict (get smaller) in bright light. Shining a bright light in one eye should constrict both pupils. If you shine a bright light in the eyes of an older cat, you may see a blue-white sheen. These are senile cataracts and do not interfere with vision.
Brown tearing around the eye could mean blocked tear ducts.
when an eye disease occurs in a cat, it is usually chronic and sometimes is a lifetime problem for the cat.
Caring for Cats Ears
The inside of the ears should appear light, not bright pink. A small amount of yellow wax at the opening of the ear canal is normal, any brown, waxy discharge, reddening or strong odor is not. Much information of your cats health can be gained by taking a peek inside your cats ears and should be done on a regular basis when caring for your cat.
Cat Respiratory System
Watch your cat’s chest for even easy breathing. A wet cold nose or a dry hot nose are both normal in healthy cats. A slight watery, clear nasal secretion is normal. A bloody or thick yellowish, greenish, or white discharge is not.
Pull your cat’s lip up or down. A light pink color to the gums is normal. Press a finger firmly over an upper tooth. When you take your finger away, the white imprint left by your finger should quickly return to pink. Pale gums are an indication of anemia. Blue or muddy red gums indicate serious respiratory or cardiovascular problems.
Texas A & M publishes this great pamphlet about your pets breathing rate.
How do you measure your cats breathing? Check out this You Tube video for great information.
Caring for Cat Teeth and Gums
Inspect the teeth. A yellow or brown color on the teeth indicates tartar buildup. A red line along the gums may be indicative of gingivitis. Get regular veterinary dental cleaning and maintain your cat’s healthy teeth with special pet toothpaste and brushes. Caring for cats teeth and gums will avoid many problems in the future and can be tell you how healthy she is right now. One other tidbit of information you may not have known: cats should have lost all their ‘baby’ teeth by eight months old.
Caring for cats depends on you doing your monthly home checkup. Please contact your veterinarian for a more thorough checkup if you notice any changes and prevent serious issues later. These top 10 tips can really help you care for your cats teeth.
Share these caring for cats tips with your friends and help them have happy healthy beautiful pets. Print these tips as a reminder of what to check for each month and post if to your fridge so you won’s forget.
Do you already check your pet on a monthly basis and if so what do you check? Tell me below what you think should be added to this caring for cats checkup list. Maybe, you found something early while caring for your cat and possibly saved her life. Tell me about it below. Let me know how a monthly checkup has benefited your sweet love.
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