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Signs of a Healthy Cat

Updated on September 20, 2011

How to Know if Your Cat is Healthy

A healthy cat or kitten would exhibit the equivalent physical characteristics as a healthy person. He will have a thick shiny coat without sign of rash or patches of missing fur, clear eyes, and he would be lively and alert. Signs that show health problems are runny eyes or nose, sneezing, and ear mites, which are relatively hard to notice. When choosing a kitten, occasionally the least desirable could be the most appealing. A kindle of kittens must be a flurry of nonstop activity. The shy kitten who sits on the side-lines awakens our compassion for losers, but this kitty could be a troublesome and ailing pet. Put differently, don't allow your heart rule your head.

Regardless where you get your kitten or cat, it is a great idea to note his surroundings and the general condition of different animals on the premises. A fresh-smelling, clean room typically indicates healthy cats. Prior to departing with your new-found friend, it is crucial to check what shots and vaccinations it has been given. It must be clearly understood with the owner that you're taking the kitten subject to a complete testing by your vet. Failing to pass this examination, the kitten must be returned, especially if there are other animals or children in your home. Purchasing your kitten from a professional breeder would generally assure a clean bill of health. Still, if you buy a kitten at a cat show (and they're sometimes on sale during these affairs), it is further reassurance to learn that every cat on the premises had to go through an examination by a veterinarian—so you stand to gain from this.

Even so, any pet that's brought into the home, whether it wandered to your door or was intentionally acquired from a breeder, an agency, or a cat show, must be examined by your vet for less observable problems. This is even more imperative in circumstances where environmental control was out of the question and where there are other animals in the house. In addition to having your cat checked, the vet will also start or continue the cat's vaccinations against such fatal diseases as distemper and rabies.

All former considerations aside, let us face some facts: cats generally select us. One day you open the door and there he is. He presents himself by rubbing against your legs having his motor running, then looks at you with a pleading face that wishes nothing more than your love (and does he know how to get it). It's all over for you from that instant. Welcome home, kitty!

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    • Sun-Girl profile image

      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice hub which i enjoyed reading from.

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      crazycatman 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

      I enjoy reading about cat health issues. I very much agree with you that cats tend to choose there people as opposed to us choosing them.