Quick and Easy Ways to Monitor the Health of Your Cat
It can be very difficult to monitor feline health. Cats react to pain, and show that they are in pain differently to dogs, and are very good at hiding illness – an instinct experts believe developed when cats lived in the wild, to prevent potential predators from knowing they were weakened or ill. Many cats also spend a large percentage of their time outdoors, meaning that they can injure themselves without their owners knowing. This can make monitoring feline health very different for cat owners, and it may take some time to become aware of any problems. Fortunately however, there are a number of methods cat owners can employ to monitor their pet’s health, allowing any problems to be spotted as early as possible.
Quick Tips for Monitoring Feline Health
- Feed cats separately from other pets so that you can monitor eating habits.
- Observe your cat daily for any injuries or discomfort, and every week or so run your hands over the cat’s body to check for lumps or abnormalities.
- Monitor drinking habits. If the cat’s drinking habits suddenly change dramatically you should consult your vet.
- Check your cat’s paws and claws for any injuries, scratches or foreign bodies at least once a week.
- Check your cat’s abdomen regularly for any swelling or pain. If the cat does not like this procedure, you may find it useful to invest in a Cat Calm Muzzle to sedate the animal while you examine him.
- Check eyes, ears and nose daily for any abnormalities or discharge.
- Check your cat’s oral health once a month. Check for bad breath, swollen gums, or a significant build-up of tartar.
- Groom your cat regularly. This allows you another opportunity to check for health issues, especially skin complaints. This is usually a simple process, using either a slicker brush and/or a grooming wipe.
If you discover anything disconcerting or out of the ordinary when checking your cat’s health, take the animal to the vet when possible, explaining your concerns. You may also find it helpful to invest in a first aid kit for your pet, should any minor accidents occur. This should include a tick remover, bandages and gauze, cotton wool and an antibacterial cream or powder. If you suspect your cat has broken bones, has ingested something poisonous, has an open wound, or has been burnt or scalded, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible.