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4 Easy Ways to Monitor Your Cat’s Health

February is National Cat Health Month. While it’s important to keep your kitty healthy all year, it’s easy for people to overlook certain aspects of their pets’ care. Fluffy is also a master at hiding symptoms of illness, so you may not know she’s sick until she’s really quite ill. We are here to help! Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet offers some helpful tips on monitoring your feline pal’s health.

Weigh Your Pet Regularly

Sudden weight gains or loss can often be a sign of medical issues. A change of a few pounds may not mean a whole lot for a person, but for a kitty, it is actually quite a bit. It isn’t always easy to tell if Fluffy is gaining or losing, especially if she is, well, fluffy. Weigh yourself first, and then pick up your cat and weigh yourself again. The difference between the numbers is your pet’s weight.

Keep To A Feeding Schedule

Even subtle changes in the amount of food and/or water your cat drinks can be significant. One way to keep an eye on what your furball is eating and drinking is to feed her and fill her water bowls at the same time every day. This will make it easier for you to spot changes in your pet’s thirst and/or appetite.

Grooming

Brushing your furball will not only help keep her fur soft and shiny, it’s also a great way to spend some quality time with your kitty. Plus, this gives you a chance to inspect your feline buddy, and look for cuts, bumps, lesions, swelling, or other signs of trouble. (Bonus: you’ll find less pet fur stuck to everything, as you’ll be capturing it with a brush before Fluffy leaves it on your sofa.)

Veterinary Care

Making sure that Fluffy sees the vet regularly is very important. Routine exams can greatly increase the chances of any medical issues being caught early. Regular screenings and blood panels often allow vets to spot issues long before kitties display any symptoms. This can make a huge difference! The earlier an issue is caught and treated, the better. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule for your feline friend.

Do you know or suspect that your cat has medical issues? Contact us, your Glendale, AZ vet clinic, today! We are dedicated to providing excellent care.

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