Feeding live prey to cats is something that a lot of people suggest, but in truth, it’s not exactly feasible and can even be somewhat disturbing at times! Contrary to what people may tell you, it is perfectly possible to have a very healthy cat that thrives on cat food. As long as the quality of the cat food is good and you throw in a cat marijuana supplement or two for comfort, your feline friend will most likely be healthier than pets on a live prey diet. However, you can only be sure that your cat is on the right diet if you can confirm the following signs of feline health.
Perhaps the most obvious sign of them all, and the easiest to spot, is a healthy, shiny coat. Some breeds do not have a shiny coat by default, but you should be able to tell if the coat is healthy or not just by feeling the fur or looking at it. On the other hand, if your cat has developed matted fur or a flaking coat, it means that either his diet is not up to the mark or the poor creature is suffering from bone or dental problems.
It may not be the most elegant way to judge your cat’s health, but it is extremely important to keep track of your cat’s poop. Look for the following when you scoop it up.
- Logs indicate good digestive conditions
- Small pellets indicate dehydration
- Watery or very soft poop indicates infections, digestive problems and inflammation
If you feel your cat is dehydrated, add water directly to the cat food or place a cat fountain near his bed. Soft poop, on the other hand, most definitely calls for a visit to the vet.
Ideally, a cat should have an hourglass figure and although a little extra weight may not hurt much, you should never let it go out of control. If your cat has a hanging and swaying belly, you are feeding it way too much and if you can see the ribs sticking out, it is malnourished. Work with your vet to figure out a diet that can help with controlling, or increasing, the cat’s weight, as required.
Gum and Teeth
Check your cat’s gums regularly as they are even more important indicators of health than the teeth. Under ideal conditions, the gums should be clean, pink and moist. Also, there should be no bleeding or extra tissue. The teeth should be clean and white. If all of these things are not exactly holding true for your cat, you’re looking at a dental health issue or an insufficient diet.
These are easy to check signs that will keep you informed whether or not your furry friend is eating the way he/she should, but a regular visit to the veterinarian is the only way to make sure that you are not missing out on anything. Nevertheless, if your cat has scored well on all of the above checks, chances are that you are already taking excellent care of your pet.