All cat owners want their moggies to live happy and healthy lives but since our pets can't talk sometimes it's hard to tell when they're feeling under the weather.
Which is why it's so important that owners keep a close eye on their pets for signs of illness or injury, so they can get their cat the veterinary care they need if and when necessary.
And you'll find that your cat's skin and eyes can provide an excellent indication of the condition they are in. A healthy moggie will have bright, shiny eyes, while tearing, crust, cloudiness or inflammation that could suggest a health problem.
"Certain breeds like Persians and British Blues can get a build up of discharge in the eyes so owners can help by keeping them clean," Nikki Burville, veterinary nurse at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Indeed, sometimes all it takes to rectify an eye problem is a simple wipe with some damp cotton wool to remove any crust or gunk to keep them clean and prevent infection.
However, if your pet's eyes look very red and sore or if the discharge doesn't clear up, it's a good idea to book an appointment with your vet to see if there are any underlying health issues causing the problem.
"If you're worried about the health and condition of your cat, then always seek veterinary advice," Nikki adds.
When it comes to your cat's skin, what you'll be looking for is a soft, shiny coat without any flakes or parasites, such as fleas and ticks.
If your pet's skin is looking dry or the coat is dull is may be that your moggie is not getting the right nutrients from its diet, so it's worth speaking to your vet about potentially changing the cat food you feed.
However, it could also be a sign that your feline friend is unwell, since illness can cause deterioration is coat quality. In this case, once again your vet should be the first port of call, as they should be able to advise you the best course of action from here.
Written by: Hannah Dyball