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Keeping your cat healthy

August 21, 2008 | By Kate H.

Dixiepets.com

There's a huge assortment of products and foods that are designed to help keep your kitten fit and healthy. Finding out which products will be best for your cat can often be found out by visiting a veterinary clinic.

A good vet will also be able to advise you on the correct kind of food your cat needs, how much it should be eat per day and inform you about your cat's health. They can also check your kitten for flees and give your kitten any shots it might need.

A veterinary clinic is not just a place to get your cats health checked out you can also pick up a great deal of free leaflets and information. The vet might also be able to suggest some further reading and recommended books. The internet is also another great resource for finding out cat tips and advice, there are many websites run by cat owners and professionals.

Generally you shouldn't need to take your cat to the vet more than once a year unless it gets sick or injured. But for piece of mind there are a few simple checks you can perform on your kitten at home each week. Watch how your kitten walks and ensure it is distributing its weight equally on all of its legs, if your kitten has a limp or avoids putting weight on a foot there might be a problem with that foot or leg. Looking into your kittens eyes can also tell you a lot about its health, cat's eyes should be clear and not clouded with no discharges around them, if you find a small bit of discharge around your cats eyes gently clean it away and check again the next day, if the problem continues it could be a possible eye infection and you will need to see the vet again. You can also check your kitten's nose and ears in the same way, they should be discharge free and healthy looking. Another thing to check is the kitten's teeth, ensure your kitten hasn't lost any teeth and that they are clean and white. Heavy discoloration could be another sign of infection, in which a trip to the vet is needed.

While stroking your cat you should check for any bumps or lumps that might have appeared, if you find anything out of the ordinary its best to get the vet to check it out. Also check your kitten's fur is silky and healthy looking, if the fur is greasy or dull looking your kitten might not be getting the correct nutrition it needs. All of these checks can be done with in ten minutes and can help ensure your kitten stays healthy.

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