A cat’s body is considered ideal when it’s well proportioned. You should be able to feel the outline of the ribs with only gentle pressure of your fingertips. Your cat should have a waist when viewed from above and its belly should be tucked up when viewed from the side.
This is indicated by overall well-being and quality of life. Physical signs of a strong immune system include active and energetic behaviour, alert posture and strong muscle.
SKIN, COAT & EYES
Normal, healthy skin colour ranges from pale pink through to shades of brown and black. A healthy coat is smooth, pliable and free of dandruff and odours. Eyes should be clear, bright and free from discharge.
BONE & JOINT HEALTH
Signs that may help you identify healthy bones and joints include a normal range of motion and flexibility to perform routine tasks such a climbing stairs, proper posture and continued interest in exercise.
Healthy teeth and gums are the first step in the digestive process and the ability to effectively chew food is vital for digestion. Check your cat’s teeth regularly for signs of build-up and see your vet on a routine basis for an examination and cleaning if necessary.
Digestibility is the percentage of a food’s protein and other nutrients available and utilised by your cat. Assuming your cat is in good health, digestibility can be judged by their stool quality and volume.