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Signs That Your Cat Is Healthy

February is National Cat Health Month! While we are of course focused on keeping our feline patients healthy all year long, this is a great time to look at Fluffy’s health and well-being. Kitties are fairly independent, but they aren’t impervious to illness and injury. It’s important to keep a close eye on your pet. Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet lists some signs that your cat is in good condition.

Bright Eyes

The eyes are the windows to the soul. They also can reveal quite a bit about your pet’s health! Fluffy’s eyes should be clear and bright. You should not see any discharge or redness, and you should only occasionally glimpse her third eyelid, generally when she closes or opens her eyes.

Soft Fur

Cats are very clean, and carefully take time to groom themselves every day. Your pet’s fur should look soft and well-kept. Fluffy also shouldn’t be scratching herself, aside from getting at the occasional itchy spot.

Shenanigans

Healthy cats are playful, curious, and even nosy. Even senior furballs will want to let their inner kittens out on occasion. If your furry buddy is an adorable bundle of mischief, it’s a good sign!

Normal Waste

While changing the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat, it can be useful for monitoring your feline buddy’s overall health. Your pet’s waste should be fairly consistent as far as amount, color, texture, and odor.

Good Appetite

Healthy pets have healthy appetites. We know, Fluffy has a reputation for being rather finicky. However, even if your pampered pet doesn’t like what you offered, she should meow to demand something different.

Healthy Weight

We certainly have our fair share of chubby patients. While many people like to spoil their kitties with food, your furry friend will be much healthier is she stays close to her ideal weight. If you know or suspect that Fluffy is overweight or underweight, consult your vet.

Veterinary Exams

Last but not least, the best way to tell if your cat is healthy is to get an expert opinion. Most of our feline pals should come in at least once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Is your kitty overdue for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Please contact us, your local Glendale, AZ vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs.

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