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Healthy Cat, Sick Cat

Please note:
The information provided here is meant to supplement that provided by your veterinarian.
Nothing can replace a complete history and physical examination performed by your veterinarian.

Signs of a Healthy Cat

  • bright eyes
  • shiny fur
  • good apetite
  • normal weiht (4-10 lbs./adults)
  • well-formed stools
  • purring
  • alertness
  • playfulness, energy

Signs of a Sick Cat

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • lacklustre fur
  • dull eyes
  • eyes obstructed or semi-closed
  • running eyes and nose
  • dry, hot nose
  • coughing, sneezing
  • pitiful crying
  • lethargy, listlessness
  • restlessness
  • scratching
  • head-shaking

What Your Vet Should Check

On a standard annual physical/examination, your vet should check:

  • teeth for tartar/gum swelling
  • ears for ear mites and other fungus problems
  • body for ringworm (with black light)
  • standard bloodwork
  • fecal exam for worms
  • booster shots for rabies, FeLV, panleukopenia, rhino&co, etc.
  • eyes for normal pupil response and normal retinal appearance
  • weight, heart rate, temperature

 

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