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How Do You Check Your Cat's Daily Health? ~Litter Box Check~

How Do You Check Your Cat's Daily Health? ~Litter Box Check~

猫の健康管理、トイレをチェックしよう!

 

How do you usually take care of your cat's health?
猫の健康管理、普段どんな事をしていますか?

 

Many cat owners might think that daily health check for your cat is not really necessary.
However, it is always a good idea to keep a record of your cat's health as "standard line," which helps identify even slight changes in your cat right away.

「うちの子は健康だから何もしなくて大丈夫!」と思われるかもしれませんが
健康な時にこそ「健康な状態」を記録しておく事をオススメします。
なぜなら、何か異変があった時に気づきやすくなるからです。

 

According to a veterinarian,
" It's always better to have a check-up before showing the actual symptoms.
Also, the daily health check by owners often can help detecting health issues in the early stage."

The followings are great tips and how other cat owners just like you keep their record of cat's daily health.

 

獣医さん曰く「症状が出て獣医が診断するより、普段からしっかり様子を見ている
飼い主さんの『いつもとちょっと違う』という異変への気付きが、一番の早期発見」との事。

試しに1週間、1ヶ月でも猫の体調を記録してみませんか?
もちろん、無理のない程度に「できる時だけ」でいいと思います。

 

 

Easy Litter Box Check
簡単にできる、猫のトイレチェック

Making a litter box calendar is a great because it is easy to get started with.
Cats are prone to specific illnesses (ex. kidney failure) and urinary tract diseases (ex. bladder infection) with distinctive symptoms.
By checking the cat's litter box can help detect these on-going diseases early.

普段からできる事として「トイレカレンダー」は簡単でオススメです。
特に猫は腎不全や泌尿器系の疾患になりやすい動物。
トイレの状態を知る事はこれらの病気への予防ともなります。

We usually "assume" what a little box looks like, but keeping track of your litter box can help you identify what is your cat's "normal" and what is not.

「いつもこんな様子」だと思い込みを防ぐためにも
記録する事で客観的に「愛猫の普段の様子」がわかります。


Record the frequency of using a litter box
まずはトイレの回数を記録

● The number of defecation (AM/PM)
● 一日に何回オシッコやウンチをしているか?(できれば時間)


Check and record cat's feces and urine
次にトイレの状態をチェック

● Loose stool/ Diarrhea / Constipation/ Foreign object
● Any struggle while defecating or urinating?
● Unusual smell?

●軟便や下痢をしていないか?便秘ではないか?異物はないか?
● トイレする時の様子はどうか?(出にくそうにしている、等)
●臭い、はいつも同じか?

The smell of urine is different each time.
When some owners took their cats to have a checkup after noticing unusual smell of cat urine, the veterinarian diagnosed their cat had a bladder infection or urinary calculi.

 

オシッコの「臭い」はそれぞれ違います。
様子が変わりなくても「いつもとオシッコの臭いが違う」と感じた飼い主さんが、
病院に連れて行ったら膀胱炎や尿結石だった、という事も。


Record Anything Important For Your Cat's Health
思いついたら何でも記録

Along with the litter box checklist, you can also create an original cat friendly list for your cat.

For example...
◎ Time of medication administration/ Type(s) of medication
◎ The urine test results (ex. PH level)
◎ The daily intake of food and food type (ex. Wet food or dry food)

It is also a good idea to take a note when your cat throw up or anything unusual behaviorally (ex. Hissing when the owner touches her/his cat's body).
For a kitten, keep his/her daily growth record (ex. Weight) would be useful for regular checkups.


トイレの様子以外に、その子オリジナルの項目をチェックするのもオススメ。
日記感覚で書いて行くと、後から見返すのも楽しくなります。

例えば・・・
◎投薬の時間、薬の種類
◎尿検査の結果(尿のph、潜血等は、ある程度自宅でも調べられます)
◎その日食べたご飯の種類、量

その他、嘔吐したり、様子がいつもと違う時は記録しておきます。
子猫の場合は、体重等の成長記録も。


Sharing Litter Box Calendar
みんなのトイレカレンダー

Here are some actual Litter Box Calendars for 4 lovely cats from Japan.
実際にトイレカレンダーをつけている様子をご紹介します!

 

◎ Hana (Ichigo Bucho from the Catchy team)/ ハナ(Catchyメンバーのいちご部長)
Instagram @ichigobucho


Hana's original Litter Box checklist
トイレ用のオリジナルカレンダーを作って記録してます。

Since Hana has a urinary related chronic disease, checking her litter box is a must.

Hana's owner writes down
(1) the frequency of using a litter box,
(2) smell,
(3) approx. amount of waste,
(4) urinary test result and
(5) types of food on her chart.

Since Hana is having prescription diet foods from the vet, the results of regular checkups help the owner to adjust the total daily intake of Hana's food.

ハナはもともと泌尿器系の持病があるので毎日のトイレチェックはかかせません。
毎日のトイレの回数や臭い、量、尿検査ができた時はその結果を記録。
またローテーションしているフードの記録も。療法食を中心に食べているので定期検査の結果によってはフードを調整する参考にしています。

◎ Myu (From the Catchy team)/ みゅ~(Catchyメンバー)
Instagram @nyagomidokoro
http://nyagomidokoro.net/

 

Myu's owner says...
" After rescuing him as a kitten, I used to keep a record of
(1) the frequency of litter box use,
(2) checking his wastes,
(3) sleeping patterns and
(4) types of food and amount.

I have not done it for a while, but since my cat will be 7 years old soon, I think I will start it again."

「保護した後、トイレの回数とその状態、睡眠時間や食べたごはんの種類や量を
時系列で記録していました。
しばらく記録していなかったけど、もうすぐ7歳になるので記録を再開します!」

 

◎ HUKU/ふく
Instagram @shimanekonn
http://nnlife.blog7.fc2.com

Huku's owner writes cat's daily record on a notebook.
ふくちゃんのカレンダーは手帳に色分けして書かれています。

The owner of Huku keeps a record of
(1) the number and time (AM/PM) of litter box use,
(2) food type/amount and
(3) anything out of the ordinary.

"Huku  sometimes has constipation. I think having my cat's daily health chart can help the veterinarian when Huku needs some medical attention. I want to keep track for as long as I can."


毎日のトイレの時間と回数、フードの量等を記録。
「ふくは今の所便秘以外問題はないけれど、
この記録が何かあった時に役立つかもしれません。または今の状態に安心できる目安でもあります。
無理せず、できる時に記録して長く続けたいと思っています」


◎ Dontakosu/ ドンタコス
Instagram @dgeboku
http://dontakosu0816.blog81.fc2.com

Her daily check list is well-organized like a professional!
The veterinarian always impresses with her detailed daily health check.

ドンタコスちゃんのカレンダーは獣医さんも驚くレベル!

 

Since Dontakosu has several chronic diseases, her owner has been keeping detailed note daily, including
(1) the frequency of litter box use,
(2) daily urine test results,
(3) daily food/water intake, and
(4) administration schedule of medications.

Although Dontakosu's owner now has such a professional looking daily health checklist, she also started with just writing down the number of how many times Dontakosu used her litter box at first.

She said "I think it's better to have something written down as a record rather than assuming what might have happened to my cat, especially for emergency situation.
I think even small written notes can help the vet to find the cause quicker."

持病が多く、病院通いも多いドンタコスちゃんの飼い主さんは
毎回のトイレ尿検査、フード量、飲水量、投薬など細かい記録をしています。
でも最初はカレンダーにトイレの記録だけを書き込んでいただけのシンプルなものだったそう。
「何もないより簡単なメモがあるだけで、何かあった時に病院の問診でかなり役に立つと思います」
 

Conclusion

Based on experiences as cat owners with chronic diseases, having a daily health check chart often helps the veterinarian to find the health problems quicker, which are also beneficial for both cats and owners.

Let's start making your own cat friendly Litter Box Check List and keep track of your cat's health!


 

持病があったり、体調不良で通院する事があると トイレカレンダーの大切さをとても感じます。
猫のトイレチェック、できる事からはじめてみませんか?

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