by Barbara George – Tellington Ttouch Behaviourist
Cats are well-known for hiding health issues; owners and carers have to be observant and vigilant to pick up early signs of ill-health. Changes in behaviour are often used to disguise health issues.
Most owners have access to cell phones that can take photographs, and often have many photos and videos of their cats already on board.
How often do you really look at those in detail, and compare them to previous ones? This can be a way of identifying issues before they become severe.
A change in movement, especially in the back legs, can be the start of arthritis, caused by a painful abscess as a result of a bite, knots and tangles in the fur not allowing for easy movement, or the type of terrain on which the cat is running.
A close inspection of photos can show up dirty ears, a possible ear mite infestation, feline acne on the chin, the thirds eyelid, or changes in the eyes themselves.
Using the camera as a tool for identifying potential health issues is an easy way for us to monitor a cat’s health – and anyway, who needs an excuse to photograph their cats!
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