Cats hide pain and many busy caretakers don’t realize their cat is sick and by the time symptoms show, the disease has progressed and the remedy may be very expensive or worse, the veterinarian may not be able to save the precious feline.
Check out your cat’s eyes. They should be clear and bright with out any sign of irritation or yellow or red discoloration. There should neither be tearing or cloudiness. If there is a discharge collecting in the corner of his/her eyes, clean each eye gently with a cotton ball which has been moistened in warm, not hot water.
The ears should be clean and devoid of odor and discharge. Verify if there are or aren’t ear mites. Again, use cotton balls moistened with warm, not hot water for regular ear cleaning. Be extremely careful; your cat’s ears are delicate. Your veterinarian will show you how to do this task if you are not sure.
Kitty’s little nose should be lean and free of sores or discharge.
Your feline’s mouth should have healthy, pink gums; no swelling or redness at tooth margins, no sores or growths on lips and no bad breath.
Your cat’s body should be smooth with a thick, glossy, sleek coat. Look for lumps, and ticks; check the coat for greasiness, dandruff fleas, or bald patches.
Make sure the anus has no swelling or indication of internal parasites
During a scheduled exam your veterinarian will professionally check your cat’s ears and eyes, listen to his/her heart and breathing, feel his/her coat and adwomen, and inspect kitty’s mouth for tartar build up or disease.