Always be on the lookout for any abnormal symptoms that your cat might develop. Here are some simple guides.
- A nose to neck check up: Look at the head - are the ears clean and pink? Do they smell? Are the eyes bright, clear and focused? Check that there is no discharge from the eyes. Look in your cat's mouth and check that the gums are pink and the teeth are clean. Don't worry about the nose being cold and damp. That is a myth - it has nothing to do with your cat's health!
- Neck to tail: Feel your cat's body for lumps, puffiness, bumps, sores or any other irregularities. Also look for flea dirts (gritty black bits that turn red when wet), scratches and parasites. Check behind the ears, between the toes and down the entire length of the tail.
- You should brush your cat every so often, especially if it has long hair. This will help untangle fur, and also remove dead skin cells and loose fur. The more you brush your cat the less furballs it is likely to get.