Keeping appraised of your cat’s health isn’t something that only your vet can do. You see your cat far more often than your vet does. By closely observing and checking your cat on a regular basis, you’ll be able to better recognize any changes or abnormalities in her appearance and behavior. And when problems are discovered early, they’re often easier to treat and treatment is often more successful.
Checking your cat should include an inspection of her ears, eyes, fur, mouth, nose, skin and teeth. If you notice any changes or anything else of concern, be sure to contact your veterinarian. Below if a list of frequent signs to look for and act upon:
Ears – Problems with the ears may lead to scratching, shaking of the head, or a loss of balance. Further, swelling or discharge may indicate a problem.
Eyes – Any inflammation, irritation , discharge or swelling of the eyes may be a sign of illness.
Fur and Skin – Any changes of the fur or skin should be reported to your veterinarian. These can include bald patches, scratching, or swelling.
Genitals – Discharge, frequent urination, irritation or obsessive cleaning may be a sign of a problem.
Limbs and Muscles – Observe the limbs and muscles for any signs of lameness or unusual posture or movement.
Mouth and Teeth – Report to your veterinarian any signs of blisters, inflammation, over-salivation, swelling, unpleasant odors or wounds.
Nose – Examine the nose for signs of crusting, discharge or reddening. Sneezing may also be an indication of a problem.
Respiratory System – Respiratory problems may be indicated by coughing, labored breathing or sneezing.
Stomach and Intestines – Report to your veterinarian any signs of abdominal pain, abnormal stools, blood in the stools or vomit, constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Urinary Tract – Watch for signs of blood in the urine, excessive thirst, excessive urination, incontinence, or inability to urinate.