Read these tips for keeping your kitty in tip top shape during National Cat Health Month and year round!
🐈 Take your cat for an annual wellness exam for optimal health
An annual checkup is one of the most important things you can do for your cat’s health. These annual visits allow your veterinarian to notice any changes in your cat’s condition from year to year, and help you catch potentially serious issues early.
🐈 Spay or neuter your cat
One of the best ways to maintain your cat’s good health is to have him or her altered. These procedures can help prevent certain conditions related to a cat’s reproductive organs. It also helps to reduce overpopulation and may help eliminate many unwanted behaviors.
🐈 Keep your cat’s teeth clean
Most cats won’t allow you to brush their teeth, so it’s important to get their teeth checked during an annual exam and have them professionally cleaned when recommended by your veterinarian. Maintaining good dental health and preventing gum disease can prevent other conditions that may lead to illness such as organ failure and heart disease.
🐈 Maintain a healthy weight
Help maintain a healthy weight by feeding a high quality cat food specific to your cat’s age and lifestyle. Encourage daily play time and regular exercise. Utilizing interactive feeders and rotating toys is a great first step. Create an environment with scratching posts and cat trees to encourage exercise and climbing.
🐈 Watch for changes in litterbox habits
Cats will naturally try to hide signs of illness. One place you can usually detect early problems is the litterbox. Look for changes in frequency of urination, or if your cat is urinating or defecating outside of the litterbox.
We are happy to be your cat’s health partner. If you’d like to bring your cat in for a wellness exam, contact us today!