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Monthly health check for your cat

Regular health checks will help you detect health issues in an early stage. Checking your cat every month for common health issues might save you a lot of high veterinary bills and may even cause your cat to live longer. The extra attention will always be beneficial for you and your cat. Read this article about a simple do-it-yourself health check for your best friend. Always report any issues you find to the vet!!!

General appearance:
Watch your cat walking around the house. Pay close attention to limping and gained or lost weight. 
Eyes:
Look for secretion and redness. These signs could suggest an infection. The eyes should not be cloudy. Have you noticed signs of deteriorating visibility, like not seeing toys, or walking into certain objects around the house?

Ears:
Look for secretion and redness/irritation in the ears. This could suggest infection or a mite problem (when your cat has dark brown, crumbling secretion in its ears and scratches them a lot, this probably indicates that there are mites). Smell the ears. They should smell clean and not give a strong, dirty scent. Clean on a regular basis with products meant for cat ear cleaning. 

Nose:
Pay attention to secretion and see if your cat has trouble breathing through its nose. If so, the upper airways could be infected.

Mouth and throat:
Pull you cats lip up gently and watch its gums. It should be a light coloured pink. Red gums indicate gum/tooth infection. Look for broken or missing teeth, plaque and scale. Is there a swelling visible in the face or the throat? Brushing your cat’s teeth regularly will prevent mouth and throat problems! 

Stomach:
Gently slide your hands over your cat's stomach. It shouldn't hurt the cat. Does it look swollen or do you feel any lumps? Does your cat use the litter box on a regular basis?

Neck and spine:
Gently slide your hands from your cat's neck all the way down to the tip of its tail. It shouldn't hurt. Check if your cat is able to move every part of its body the way he should. 

Skin and fur:
Does your cat groom itself? Long haired cats should be combed on a regular basis. Is the cat's skin fat or too dry? Have you noticed any unusual hair loss? Check for parasites like fleas and ticks. Also pay close attention to any lumps on the skin.