Basics of Feline Health

Diabetes If your cat vomits frequently while showing a distinct lack of appetite, this may be a symptom of diabetes.

Eyes Gummed up eyes or a sticky discharge may indicate an inflammation.

Vomiting Unless the cat is vomiting a fur ball or hairs, frequent vomiting can be a symptom of kidney diseases or diabetes.

Coat If the coat looks dull or shaggy or the cat sheds a lot of hair out of season, this could be a symptom of internal diseases.

Vaccinations The first vaccinations should be given at eight weeks of age. Your vet will advise on the best vaccination schedule for your cat.

Neutering / Spaying The animal is neutered or spayed on reaching sexual maturity (approx. between six and nine months of age). Sure signs that your cat is sexually mature: Male cats start marking inside the house. Females roll around on the floor and scream. Neutering/spaying your cat is also very important to curtail any undesired breeding.

Ear Mites Ear mites are recognisable by brown encrustations in the ear cavity. This means a visit to the vet!

Accidents A tilted window in an apartment may mean a torturous death for a cat who gets stuck. Tilted windows must always be secured using special protective grids.

Prevention It is important to notice any irregular or unusual behaviour in your cat. Take your cat to the vet, if he or she for instance is suddenly subdued and inactive, refuses food or stands with a rounded back. As a matter of principle, you should take your cat for bi-annual checkups to the vet until the age of 8, afterwards continue with annual check-ups.

Dental Care Regularly check your cat for plaque and tartar and inflamed (red) gums.

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