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 The best way to do this is by following our HEALTHY CHECK-UP. Just do it once a week and get your mum, dad or another responsible grown-up to help.  That way you can make sure that your pet stays in purrrrrrrrfect health! (Euww terrible joke).


   Do the HEALTHY CHECK UP once a week and get your mum, dad or another responsible adult to help.

  Only check your own family pet! Sheep, goats, next door’s pet werewolf and stray polar bears are probably best avoided.

  Handle your pet carefully – they have feelings too! (You can always ask your vet if you’re not sure).

 Wash your hands when you’ve finished!!

CHECK ONE – Their Coat

First of all you need to check that your cat’s coat is healthy.  Don’t worry, they don’t need heaps of conditioners, straighteners and hair gel, but they should have:

  A smooth, sleek and glossy coat

   No ticks or fleas.

  And (just like you), your pet shouldn’t have greasy fur or dandruff!

TOP TIP:  It’s easy to keep them looking sleek and stylish. Just check out the GROOMING section of this website for handy hints and tips.

CHECK TWO – Their Body

   Sometimes your dog might have something that is uncomfortable that you can feel with your own hands.  As part of the HEALTHY CHECK-UP you should rub your pet down by gently but firmly stroking their body to see if anything bothers them.

CHECK THREE – Nose, Eyes and Ears

You can learn a lot from your just looking at your pet’s face.

  They should have a nice moist nose that’s clean and without discharge (ok, ok stop sniggering, we meant they shouldn’t have a snotty nose, we were only     being polite…)

  They should have nice bright and clear eyes. They shouldn’t be red or weeping.

Very carefully check their ears to make sure they don’t have any ear mites or reddish/brown wax – this could mean an ear infection.

CHECK FOUR – Teeth and Gums

    It’s not often you see a cat with braces or carrying a bottle of mouthwash but it’s still important for them to have healthy teeth.  They should have pink healthy looking gums with no swelling and their actual teeth should be nice and white, too much yellow build up means – yuk – plaque.

  Ask your vet how to brush your cat’s teeth.  They’ll need a special toothbrush and toothpaste.  You’ll just need a lot of patience!

CHECK FIVE – Keeping Active

Your dog should be getting lots of regular activity, you should be able to seem them moving around regularly and playing   (Check out the Exercise section of the website).  You can tell a lot if your cat changes their activity level:

  Have they stopped going outside?


   Do they seem stiff after moving around?

 Do they seem to have lost interest in playing or become less active?

  Do they move more slowly than usual?


These could be signs that they are feeling unwell so you should take them to the vets if you notice these changes.

CHECK SIX – Too fat, too thin or just right?

Is Felix looking a little flabby?  Or is Daisy a bit on the skinny side? Make sure your cat is getting the right kind of exercise and the right sized portions – and not too many treats between meals, which can crank up the kilos!

  Check out our nutrition section for more info on feeding your pet.

  Then once a month, have a go with our Cat Size-O-Meter (can’t work it? Ask your mum or dad to show you how)   - it’s a great way to make sure your pet is keeping trim!

Your cat should have passed the HEALTHY CHECK-UP with flying colours!  If you’re worried about anything just chat it through with your vet.

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