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We might be adopting a cat from a shelter, and I was wondering if there are any certain health problems I should look for??!
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Off the top of my head, look for bright, clear eyes with no redness or gunk, no stuff coming out of the nose, no bald spots, no evidence of loose stools.

I'm sure you'll get more ideas from other folks, too!
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Since you also have other little ones, I would sugest that you keep the new one away from the others for at least 2weeks. That should be enough time for anything to crop up. If within that 2 weeks you notice goopy eye(s), runny nose, loose stool etc, then you can avoid pasing it to your other cats.

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that sneezing and runny nose stuff and eye gunk are NORMAL in shelter kitties. They are all symptoms of Upper Resperatory Infections, which are to shelter cats what chicken pox are to daycare kids. Even if the cat you pick shows no symptoms, the stress of leaving the shelter and coming home with you may trigger one.
It is a simple infection, and can be cleared up with antibiotics.
However, they are spread VERY easily, so as Imagyne says, keep the new one separate from the others for two weeks. The cost of treating all your cats with antibiotics will be very expensive.
Also, ask the shelter if they test for Feline Leukemia and FIV. It is just good to know. If they don't, take the cat to the vet immediately for a test. These can be spread to your cats too, and there is no cure.
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If I adopt a cat, It'll be tomorrow at the cat show. I have 5 little ones(well, not little)and they seem to adapt to other cats fine. Our cat twinkles is the only one we'll have proboems with. She hates new kitties...
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