Signs of a Healthy Cat (and Possible Symptoms of Cat Illness)

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Cats are special creatures: sometimes easy to understand but often mysterious. And as their caregivers, it's up to us to know how they're feeling to ensure that they live happy, healthy lives. Learn some typical signs of a healthy cat, as well as possible symptoms of cat illness.

Signs of a healthy cat

Healthy cats generally:

  • Are playful even well into old age
  • Are well groomed with a soft, silky coat
  • Have bright, wide-open eyes with no discharge
  • Have good litter box habits, firm stool, and plenty of urination
  • Eat their food with gusto and drink plenty of water
  • Have a temperature hovering around 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Have pink gums and teeth free of tartar

Symptoms of cat illness

Any change in your cat’s normal routine should be noted and attended to right away with a visit to your veterinarian. Some specific symptoms of cat illness to watch out for include:

  • Changes in appetite or water consumption (either increase or decrease)
  • Behavioral problems, such as sudden aggression or lethargy
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or urination problems
  • Coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
  • Hair loss or itching
  • Lameness
  • Lumps, bumps, or scabs
  • Sneezing or nasal or eye discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

If you notice any of these signs, then a visit to your veterinarian is in order. Some of these symptoms might be more serious than others, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember, your cat is your loving companion and deserves the best care you can provide.