You can assess your cat’s body condition by observing and feeling their body. The indications that a cat is in good physical condition stays constant across all sizes and breeds.
What you need to look for:
- A well-proportioned body.
- A “waist” behind the ribs when the cat is viewed from above.
- Any loss in muscle mass which causes diminishing physical strength, motor coordination and result in a weakened immune system.
A good digestion is when a food’s protein and nutrients are fully absorbed by your cat’s body.
When a cat is healthy, their stool becomes firm and small. This signifies that better nutrition is making a difference inside your pet because less food is passing through as waste.
These are some factors that can improve your cat’s digestion:
- Formula – The digestibility of the product will vary as the ingredients vary.
- Ingredient Quality – Poor quality ingredients can adversely affect the digestibility of a pet food.
- Nutritional Balance – The correct ratio of nutrients in your cat’s food ensures that they consume a healthy and balanced diet.
- Processing – Over-cooked or over-processed ingredients can remove vital nutrients and qualities from the food that is essential for your cat.
Skin, Coat and Eyes
When your cat has healthy skin and a shiny, well-groomed coat, it not only improves their appearance but it also makes your pet feel more comfortable and less prone to skin irritation or external parasites.
- Eyes – Clear and bright eyes that are free of discharge.
- Coat Conditions – Free from dandruff and unpleasant odours.
- Skin Conditions – Smooth and pliable skin.
- Skin Colour – Normal and healthy skin colour ranges from pale pink through to shades of brown to black.
Healthy pets are usually alert and curious about their environment, especially when they encounter new things. They also have a good appetite and keep themselves well groomed.
Although the immune system generally indicates your cat’s internal health, the signs of a healthy immune system can be seen in:
- Sleek, shiny coat.
- Active and energetic.
- Clear, bright eyes.
- Alert posture.
- Normally healthy skin; supple skin.
- Healthy gums.
- Good lung capacity; easy breathing.
- Strong muscles, healthy lungs.
- Resistance to disease.
- Responds better to vaccines.
Did you know that healthy teeth and gums are essential for your pet to consume the nutrients your pet food provides? The ability to effectively chew food is also a vital part of a healthy digestion.
- Chewing reduces kibbles to smaller particles which makes it easier for your cat to digest the food and for their body to absorb healthy nutrients from the food.
- Feeding an appropriate diet to your pet can help limit plaque and tartar build-up.
- Regularly visit your vet to examine for signs of plaque and tartar build-up. Depending on the situation, plaque and tartar may require professional cleaning.
Bone and Joint Health
Even though a cat has reached adulthood, their bones are constantly restructuring themselves. To stay healthy, cats need a constant supply of nutrients including protein, water, and minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Here are some signs that may help identify bone and joint health:
- Normal range of motion and flexibility.
- Ability to perform routine tasks or movements, i.e. climb stairs, jump up or down, or play.
- Has proper posture and stance.
- Continued ability and interest in play or exercise.