4 Simple Ways to Monitor Your Cat’s Health

Kitties make great pets. Fluffy is not only very cute and lovable, she’s also a pretty easy keeper. Just providing your furball with good food, a clean litterbox, and regular veterinary care will see to her most basic needs. However, it’s important to realize that cats can be rather secretive when it comes to health issues. Your pet may not let on that she isn’t feeling well until she’s quite sick. Read on as a Tampa, FL vet offers some tips on monitoring your pet’s health at home.

Regular Veterinary Care

Be sure to keep up with your cat’s veterinary care needs. Regular exams greatly increase the chances of developing health issues being caught—and therefore treated—early. This can be very beneficial! Most kitties should come in at least once a year, though some of our feline patients will need more frequent appointments than that. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Watch For Symptoms

Keep a close eye out for signs that something isn’t right. Hiding is a common one, especially in cats that are normally friendly and outgoing. Other red flags include poor grooming; vomiting; diarrhea; respiratory issues; fever; lethargy; litterbox issues; limping; and skin problems. Your kitty may also behave a little differently if she’s ill. She may meow more or less than usual, or act uncharacteristically grumpy or clingy. Call your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.

Weigh Fluffy Regularly

Even a gain or loss of a pound or two can be significant for cats. Keep an eye on your pet’s weight. Of course, you probably won’t have much luck putting Fluffy on the scale. We recommend weighing yourself first, then picking your pet up and weighing yourself again.

Monitor Your Cat’s Food and Water Intake

Sudden increases or decreases in a cat’s appetite can definitely be a warning sign. You’ll also want to keep an eye on your pet’s water consumption. Although it’s normal for Fluffy to drink more than usual when it’s hot out, drastic changes in her water consumption can be a red flag. Fill your feline friend’s food and water dishes at the same time each day. This will make it easier for you to track what she’s eating and drinking.

Please contact us, your Tampa, FL vet clinic, for your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re always happy to help!