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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CAT IS HEALTHY?

To help keep them independent and wonderfully uncooperative, remember to check your C.A.T.S.

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SIGNS OF A HEALTHY APPETITE

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    GRAZING

    Most cats like to graze on small, frequent meals because it mimics their natural hunting behavior - especially cats eating a dry food Opens a new windowdiet.

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    FAVORITES

    Your cat may develop a Opens a new windowtaste for specific textures, shapes, odors, temperatures, and food flavors, but they are not typically "picky" eaters and don’t often change their minds suddenly.

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    NO SURPRISES

    As we better understand cats, vomiting and frequent hairballs are considered abnormal and may be signs of underlying GI issues.

YOUR CAT’S APPETITE IS UNIQUE

You know your cat best. If you think something seems odd, bring it up to your veterinarian.

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    If your cat isn’t eating, it’s not personal. They aren’t trying to spite you or go on a "hunger strike."

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    A diet consisting of both wet and dry cat food gives your cat the benefit of more moisture in their diet, while helping to maintain their teeth and gums.

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    If you have Opens a new windowmultiple cats in your home, you may have to be clever with where you place food bowls. It's not unusual for a heavier cat to bully smaller ones out of meals.

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY Opens a new windowDR. ANGELA HUGHES, GLOBAL SCIENCE ADVOCACY SENIOR MANAGER AT MARS PETCARE

 

As a professional researcher and veterinary geneticist, Dr. Hughes has spent her career sharing her expertise on pet health. Her work has been featured in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, PLOS One, PLOS Genetics and Large Animal Internal Medicine.

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Interested in contacting a veterinarian or learning more about the health of your cat? Banfield Pet Hospital can help.

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Checking your C.A.T.S. can help you discover the early warning signs of something that’s not quite right with your cat, in addition to yearly wellness exams for adult cats under 10-years old and twice a year for cats over 10.

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