A cat on a lap.

Your cat’s routine wellness visits are designed to help them enjoy all the benefits associated with good health. By staying in front of developing problems, like weight gain or periodontal disease, your cat can live a longer, happier life. A lot can happen between your cat’s exams, which is why cat owners need to know the signals of developing illness. When you know exactly what qualifies as problematic, you can get your cat the help they need. 

Appearances Are Everything

Your cat wears their health and vitality on their coat. You can tell immediately whether your cat feels good or not based on the appearance and quality of their fur. A glossy, gleaming coat signals excellent health and highlights the fact that your cat feels good. Their eyes will be bright and clear, their ears will be free of wax or buildup, and their nose is either dry or slightly moist without any crustiness or discharge.

Since your cat spends a huge amount of their waking hours cleaning themselves, if you notice any dandruff, tangles, debris, and a dull or flat-looking coat, it might mean your cat is suffering from an underlying illness. 

A Look Under the Lip

Cat health hinges on what’s going on inside the mouth. We recommend trying to get a look inside your cat’s mouth about once a week to check for red, swollen gums or evidence of tartar on the back molars. If you ever notice a foul odor coming from the mouth, it’s definitely time to schedule an exam and a dental cleaning. 

Looking Svelte

Obesity in cats has serious health consequences, including diabetes and arthritis. As a result, it is imperative to cat health to maintain a trim figure. This could mean restricting calories and encouraging daily exercise. It might also be worthwhile to gradually change your cat’s food to ensure they’re getting all the right vitamins and minerals for their particular lifestage and lifestyle.

Cat Health All the Time

To help your cat achieve optimal wellness, keep an eye on their behavior. Note any changes to their vocalization, clinginess, or withdrawal behavior. A social cat that suddenly hides is likely to have something going on. Alternatively, a quiet, reserved cat that uncharacteristically demands your attention could also need help promptly. 

It is important to take action of other symptoms of poor health, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory distress
  • Lethargy
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Extreme thirst
  • Straining in the litter box

If you ever notice any changes to your cat appearance or behavior, we urge you to call us at (630) 428-0500. The team at our cat-friendly practice are always here to help you at Springbrook Animal Care Center.