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October 12, 2012

Paw Prints: Cats are masters of disguise all year long

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Another distress signal from Fluffy is that he has become generally less active, and also less interactive with you. The furry friend that used to greet you at the door may keep sleeping when you arrive home. Or maybe he used to curl up on your lap when you worked at your computer, but now he naps in the laundry basket instead. These are clues that your cat doesn’t feel like he used to.

Maybe he is developing arthritis and his joints hurt. Or he feels sick to his stomach. Or his fractured tooth is beginning to abscess. Or his kidneys ache.

Cats are the ultimate masters of disguise. They can have serious health issues that only your veterinarian can detect, through either physical examination or lab tests. For example, heart disease of young adult cats is sometimes genetically predisposed. Certain breeds, such as Maine Coon or part Maine Coon cats are more at risk.

Don’t play cat and mouse games with your kitty’s health. All cats should have a physical exam annually.

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Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital (www.BasslerVet.com). She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to heidibasslerdvm@comcast.net.

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