Signs of good health

Appearance and behavior

It is normal for a cat to be shy at first, but as he gets used to you his personality will emerge. In general, your cat should look alert and happy, whether he is naturally outgoing or more reserved. Note how he moves (fast or leisurely) and what sounds he makes (meowing, chirruping). Watch how he interacts with you and your family—he should come to trust you and be happy to see you, especially once he has realized that you provide the food. Note how your cat eats and drinks—he should have a good appetite and eat without any problem. Cats prefer to eat little and often. Because they get most of

their moisture from food, cats will not drink as often as they eat, but they may drink more if fed solely on dry food. If your cat uses a litter tray, clean it several times a day. This way you will learn how often your cat normally defecates and urinates. Watch for unusual behavior such as excessive licking of a body part, pawing the face, or shaking the head. These activities suggest a wound, parasite infestation, or something stuck in the skin or coat..

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