Selecting A Healthy Cat
A kitten from a good
cat breeder will have had inoculations, been wormed and coat free from
The cat queen passes natural immunity to diseases to which she is
immune, through her milk. This lasts until the kitten is 6 weeks old when it
owner can make their own checks.
If you can see the entire little, look for eveness of growth and solid
muscle tone. Male kittens may already show longer frames than females. The
kittens will be heavy for their size, and their spines should be
well-fleshed and not feel ridged and boney.
If you see a
cat litter after feeding, they will be sleepy but
playful and you can access their sociability.
The playful kitten is good in health, has stamina and a spring
in its step. It is alert and may display intelligence. A particular kitten
may choose you, by inviting you to play and may go to sleep on you lap.
The kittens nose should be slightly warm and a little damp.
Breathing should be natural, with no rasping or snorting. Eyes should be
clean and bright with no discharge or tears. The mouth should have light
pink gums with no furing of the tongue. Ears should be clean and wax free.
Clean kitten fur has
a nice warm feel, a wholesome scent with no evidence of parasites. The most
common is the flea, which leaves granular droppings. Typically above the
base of the tail, between the shoulder blades, under the chin and in the
armpits. Lack of liveliness may mean fleas or worms are present.
Signs of worms are a harsh coat and bloated abdomen. Kittens may
show signs of anaemia and diarrhoea.