This page lists common cat illnesses and cat health problems. The lists provide links to pages that go through each of these in detail.
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The advice on cat illnesses and health problems on this website is for information only and not intended to replace professional recommendations or opinions. Please take your kitty to the vet without delay if you think he / she may be sick.
Digestive System Disorders
There are certain signs and symptoms that are often indicators of feline illness. These health problems aren't illnesses in themselves, but are often signs that Kitty is sick:
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1) Healthy overall demeanor
The following are signs of a healthy, happy kitty:
2) Healthy digestive system
A healthy kitty's poops will be "normal" (for want of a better expression!) Diarrhea or constipation either indicate a health problem or a diet problem.
3) Healthy skin and fur
Healthy skin is supple, smooth, dandruff-free and free of spots, scabs etc. Healthy fur is shiny, sleek and free of tangles.
4) Healthy teeth and gums
Healthy teeth are white (though they may yellow a bit as your cat ages), and they're tartar-free. Healthy gums are pink (not red), don't bleed and are tartar-free.
5) Healthy bones and joints
A cat with healthy bones and joints will have a good posture and will be able to do all the normal kitty activities such as climbing, jumping etc.
6) Healthy body size and shape
Healthy cats aren't too fat or too thin. You should be able to feel Kitty's ribs, but not see them. Also, when you look at him from above, you should be able to see a waistline below his ribs.
If your kitty is long haired, you may not be able to see his waistline, but you should be able to feel it.