5 Ways to Monitor Your Cat’s Health

Kitties can be pretty secretive about letting us know they don’t feel well. In the wild, showing any signs of weakness can attract dangerous predators. Therefore, cats learned long ago to be very discreet when they are ill. This can make it difficult for pet owners to know when their feline pals are sick, especially in between Fluffy’s regular veterinary appointments. Read on as a local Oshawa, ON vet lists some simple ways to keep tabs on Fluffy’s health.

Weigh Your Pet

Sudden changes in your cat’s weight can definitely be a red flag. We recommend weighing your furball every week or so. Just weigh yourself first, then pick up your furball and get back on the scale.

Litterbox Duty

We know, cleaning the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat. However, when you are scooping or changing your pet’s purrsonal powder room, keep an eye on what you find. Changes in the amount, shape, color, or texture or your kitty’s waste can be indicative of medical issues. You may also want to try a litter that changes color if your feline pal gets sick. Ask your vet for more information.

Stick To A Meal Schedule

If your kitty suddenly starts eating or drinking more or less than usual, there could be something going on with her. Give your pet food and water at the same time each day will help you monitor how much she is eating and drinking. Of course, it’s worth noting that cats can be rather finicky. If your furry little buddy turns up her nose at the food you offered, but meows for something different, she’s probably just being fussy. However, if your furball just doesn’t seem interested in eating, she may be ill.

Watch For Warning Signs

Some common signs of illness in cats are hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and respiratory issues. You’ll also want to watch for other warning signs, such as unusual vocalizations or behavior. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Groom Fluffy Regularly

Brushing your cat regularly can make it easier for you to spot things like lumps, bumps, lesions, and skin issues. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with Fluffy!

Please contact us, your Oshawa, ON vet clinic, for all of your feline pal’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!