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Do you know how to tell if your cat is healthy? There are certain signs of health every cat-owner should look out for. Your veterinarian can help you with check-ups and whenever there is something specific you’re concerned about with your cat, but here is a checklist to help you get an overall picture of your cat’s health:

  1. Digestion
    Keep an eye on your cat’s litter box: stools should be small and firm. That’s a sign that your cat is retaining the nutrition from his or her food. Your cat should also be comfortable using the litter box and not going to the bathroom outside of it. If your cat is avoiding the litter box, speak to your veterinarian.

  2. Eyes
    Healthy cats have eyes that are bright and clear. Discharge around their eyes or cloudy pupils could be a symptom of any number of larger issues, so don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian about it.

  3. Shiny Coat and Skin
    Your cat’s skin and coat are vitally important to his or her overall health. A healthy cat has smooth hair that’s rich in color and free of flakes and mats.
     
  4. Healthy Energy
    Is your cat playful? Does he or she spend a lot of time being active? If your cat has healthy energy, that’s a great indicator of good overall health.

  5. Clean Teeth
    A healthy cat’s teeth are free of tartar and plaque. You can tell if your cat is developing either of these by looking at his or her back teeth – there shouldn’t be any unusual yellowing or darkening back there. Your cat’s gums should be a bright pink, and your cat’s breath shouldn’t be too offensive.