February is Cat Health Month! Of course, we think kitty health is important all year round. Our feline friends have many great qualities, but one of the best things about them is the fact that they are such easy keepers. However, because cats are so independent, it can be easy to overlook crucial aspects of their care. In this article, a Webster, NY vet discusses some key points of keeping your cat healthy.
Good pet care starts with great nutrition. Make sure that Fluffy is eating high-quality, nutritious food. Don’t let your furry friend convince you to spoil her with treats, however. Overfeeding your furball could quickly make her obese, which would be very bad for her health! Ask your vet for specific advice.
Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept up to date with exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. At home, watch for signs of illness, and call your vet immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Kitties have quite a reputation for mischief, and with good reason. Fluffy does have a habit of getting herself into trouble! Make your home safe for your furball by doing some petproofing by removing or securing anything potentially dangerous. This includes toxic items, such as plants, medicine, and chemicals; small or sharp objects; ropes and cords; and plastic bags and wrappers. We also recommend keeping your feline friend indoors, where she is safe from the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and other hazards.
Just as with people, your kitty’s mental and emotional health are very important to her overall well-being. Your cat will be happiest if she feels loved, safe, and entertained. Keep Fluffy purring by providing her with toys, pet furniture, and, of course, lots of love. Your sleepy pet will also appreciate having a good window view and some comfy napping spots.
One great thing about cats is the fact that they will use their own personal powder rooms to do their business. Just be sure to keep your feline pal’s litterbox clean. We recommend scooping daily, and cleaning it thoroughly every week. If you have more than one cat, you’ll need at least two litterboxes. We recommend one per furball, plus at least one extra.
Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Webster, NY pet clinic, today!