Just like raising a kid, you even don’t want to see him laying on a bed suffering for certain illness. You want to see your cat always active, healthy, and running here and there, missing you that when you are home he runs to you and licks you to show how he wants to spend more time with you.
The fact is, are you sure that your cats are healthy? It sounds terrible if you even don’t know the signs whether he is sick or healthy. Knowing about what your cat feels and looks makes you able to provide the first treatment as soon as possible. You can bring him to the vet immediately. If you want to know whether your cat is healthy or sick, you should check from his head to his toe. There is no connection between disability and health condition. For example, if you have an active tripod cat, he can be healthier compared to the obese cat with his four legs.
There is no better to determine the health status of your cat unless to start a thorough check.
Things To Do Before Doing The Head Check
So, you are going to do the self-exam. Therefore, make sure your cat is in a relaxed state. There should be no tools but it is good to keep notes about the date of the exam. If you discover something, you can use these notes as the record. First, check his head thoroughly. You can even check his condition from his head. If he carries his head high, all the bumps and lumps on the cat’s head are in health status. It is good to confirm this sign with your vet.
Healthy Cats’ Ear
Cats’ ears are triangular, except for the American Curl and Scottish fold. Most cats have very short ear coat outside than even sparser compared to the hair on their body. White cats and other cats with the light-colored ears have to deal with squamous cell carcinoma the form of cancer that attacks their ear tips and the pink noses of the cats. This cancer can spread to other areas of their body if you don’t treat it immediately. Therefore, if you see sores, crusty and scabs appearance around their ears, you should visit the vet immediately.
Cats must have clean ears with no signs of ear mites. Even though their ears may go with the small amount of wax, there should be no visible pus or foul odor or drainage that can lead him to deal with hearing loss. In addition, a cat with healthy ears will not shake his head or paw his ears. If you see these happen to your cat, it is the red flag. Again, meet your vet immediately.
The Eyes of The Healthy Cats
Clear and bright eyes, which are able to see the ‘warning signs’ means that your cats are healthy. Even though his pupils are wide or narrow, it is not a matter. In fact, pupils are about the amount of light that reflects on them. The whites of his eyes should be white with no redness or yellowing look. Even though you may find the tiny blood vessels, it can be the sign that there is blood in his eye chamber so he needs the vet’s help.
In addition, if your cat squints or blinks one of his eyes, it can be a sign of an injury. Another sign that your cats need emergency help are the pink membrane lines the eyelid.
Cat’s Health Status From His Nose
He should not lose his sense of smell that is 14 times stronger compared to a human. Nose is his valuable asset that they can even smell food and detect the location of the food. Nose for cats is everything because it is all about their way to mark the territory through their own scent glands, to check their scent markings, as well.
If his nose leather should be in any color like pink, black or combined. The nostrils should show no mucus. It doesn’t matter if your cat sneezes sometimes since they may be allergies or dust. Nevertheless, if he has severe sneezing, followed by gaggling, it is the indication that he has a problem in the nasal passage. For outdoor cats, they may paw their nose which can be the sign that they have swallowed or inhaled any sharp blade of grass or foxtail. Call your vet to get help.
Check Your Cat’s Healthy Status From His Mouth
His lips and mouth should be pink or black. It is normal if his previous lips were pink and then now developed black pigment spots if it is all about the age matter. Besides, the normal color of the healthy gums and the roof of the mouth is the light pink. If the gums are very pale or bright pink, it can be the sign of irritation that leads to other symptoms. Check it to your vet immediately.
The teeth are like the claws which are the weapons. Your cat uses his teeth to tear and shred its flesh to help him swallow. For adult cats, they have 30 teeth in total. Your cat should have white teeth with the small tartar buildup. If you see any redness in his gums around the teeth or he just loosening of teeth, you should call your vet to investigate, to provide dental care plan as well.
The Signs Of Healthy Cats From Whiskers
It is wrong if you think that cats only have the long whiskers, located above the upper lips on each side of their nostrils. In fact, they still have other whiskers, located above their eyebrows, back on their cheeks and the shorter ones are on the back of their front legs.
Talking about the extra strong hairs, it is known as vibrissae or the tactile hairs. You should never trim his tactile hairs because it is the necessary tool for your cat. The whiskers of your cat are so sensitive that helps him to feel the slightest whisper. It protects them from predators. When he uses that together with his nose, it will be the powerful combos to find the location of next prey.