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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 COAT

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    SHINY

    On a good day, your cat’s one and only outfit will have a subtle, smooth shine.

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    CLEAR

    Cats that put tongue to fur for regular grooming sessions will have skin that is supple and clear, rather than greasy or flaky.

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    LIGHT SHEDDING

    Cats can totally have bad hair days, but an increase in shedding or hair loss is a cause for concern.

YOUR CAT’S COAT IS UNIQUE

Coats vary greatly based on a cat’s breed and other factors. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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    Long haired breeds like Persians and Maine Coons may need a little assistance keeping their luxurious coats tangle-free, even when healthy.

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    For short haired cats, hair that is coarse, brittle, or dull may be an indicator of more serious changes in your cat’s health.

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    If your cat has little to no hair, watch for Opens a new windowchanges in skin color. Some change is normal, however, spots or rapid pigment changes are worth looking into.

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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