Good Feline Health For Your Cat…

December 05, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Feline health is a front burner concern for all cat owners.  It’s critical for the health of your furry friends, but it’s also critical for the other human members of your family.  Feline health has a significant impact on how your feline plays and interacts with the rest of the family-especially when the family includes children.


Our cat, Roary, is young.  Our kids are young.  This usually makes for a very playful and entertaining combination.  Our first indication that something is amiss with Roary is often through his interaction with the kids.  For us, our cat’s health is critical not just for the sake of having a healthy pet, but also to make sure that the kids have fun and are not in any danger.


My wife and I are not pet experts by any stretch of the imagination.  Our kids are young.  They are learning how to help care for Roary, but even still we often have to refer to a professional.  We are fortunate to have a good friend of the family who works at an animal shelter.  She helps us diagnose and troubleshoot problems that may be indicators of a change in feline health, and helps us understand how Roary’s health can impact his play with our kids. 


The price is right too-a shared bottle of wine is often sufficient payment for a quick conversation about canine or feline health.


Don’t get me wrong-we’re not pet hypochondriacs in our household.  Feline health in our household in general seems to be good.  We have had a few incidents though that gave us some concern.  For a few weeks, Roary slowed down.  He was less interested in playing, and even more interested in sleeping than normal.  His appetite, as indicated by the food he was able to help himself to, seemed to be way off of what we expected it to be.  Roary wasn’t eating nearly as much as we thought he should.  He was eating less than he had been eating prior to us noticing this change. 


We turned to our friend to help us figure out what was impacting feline health.  What was wrong with our Roary?  The first thing our friend Sara suggested was monitoring the litter box.  Was Roary’s output falling with his input?  Was it the same?  Increasing? 


As a quick side note, it turns out that stool is a great indicator of not only feline health, but the health of any creature.  My brother in law points out that most of us take a quick peek at what we’ve left behind as a quick diagnostic of our own personal health.  But I digress.


Roary was as even more productive than before, but eating less of what my wife and I were feeding him.  That was the critical link to out diagnosis of feline health.  We did not have to revert to hidden cameras, but we were able to discover that my daughter, age four at the time, was sneaking food to Roary.  Why?  Because his tongue tickled her hand.  We explained that this was bad for him, so she did stop.  Now we’re trying to convince the kids that picking up their toys is just as important to feline health.


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