Keeping Your Cat Healthy Made Easy

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Did you know that there are approximately 95 million cats being kept as pets in the United States right now, with many families owning more than one kitty? It seems that we are truly a nation of cat lovers, and if you’re one of us, you’re sure to want to keep your precious pussycat as happy and healthy as it’s possible for he or she to be. Well, here are the basic things you need to do to make that happen:

Brush Your Cat Daily

Taking the time to sit down and brush your cat every day is not only a great way to bond with your kitten, but it will also help to reduce the number of hairballs that are developed in his digestive tract, and which can make him ill.

Many owners don’t realize that they need to groom their cats so often because they see their cats doing their own grooming so much, but getting rid of your pet’s loose hair really will make a big difference.

If your cat doesn’t like to be groomed by you, do it before feeding, offering a treat or playing a game, he does like, and he’ll start to associate it more with positive experiences, which should make it much easier for you both.

Treat for Fleas

At least once a month (or as directed), you should be using a product like

Advecta cat fleas protection to prevent your cat from being plagued by fleas and lice. These formulas do a pretty good job at keeping the problem at bay, which is good news for your cat who won’t be annoyed with endless itching or exposed to various diseases, and good news for you because you won’t have to deal with a flea infestation in your space either. It really isn’t worth skipping this simple step, especially since good cat flea treatments really aren’t very expensive anymore.

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Go Easy on the Dry Food

Although there is nothing wrong with feeding your cat some dry food, you should not feed her only dry food because dry food tends to be very heavy in the carbs and pretty low on the meat and fish. This is bad news for cats because they cannot sustain themselves on a vegetarian diet for any length of time like dogs can, and eating too many carbs can lead to the development of issues like diabetes and obesity, just like it can in us humans. If in doubt, go for more wet, meat and fish based meals.

Watch Their Water Intake

Domestic cats were originally bred from animals that tended to live in the desert, which means that they aren’t as capable of controlling their own thirst as other domesticated animals such as dogs. That means that, as their owner, you need to ensure that they are getting enough water so that they don’t end up sick and dehydrated. You can do this by feeding them canned food (as mentioned above), which contains just under 80 percent water, as opposed to dry food which is only around 10 percent water, and by ensuring that they always have a freely available bowl of fresh water from which to drink.

Signs of dehydration in cats include fatigue, panting and sunken eyes – if you notice any of these symptoms, try to get some water into your pet by any means possible and take him to the vet’s office immediately, just in case.

Make Sure Litter boxes are Plentiful

If you have more than one cat, then it is important that you provide each of your kitties with their own litter box, plus an extra one just to be safe. You should also, if possible, place these litter boxes in open, unthreatening environments because lots of cats are very dubious of doing their business which makes them vulnerable) in places where they cannot see what is going on around them and thus be assured that they are safe to do so.

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Look for Changes in Behavior

When you own any pet, you should always be on the lookout for changes in their behavior. If they start doing something unusual, such as peeing on the furniture, hiding themselves away or refusing to engage in activity, for example, it could be a sign of illness and you should always have it checked out, even if you think you know what the problem is; you are not a vet, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Neuter or Spay

There is nothing more important that you can do for the present and future health of your cat and to tackle the problem of feral and abandoned cats than to spay or neuter them. Not only does this help to prevent unwanted litters, but it can help to prevent discomfort in female cats and, according to some vets, even protect against some kinds of cancers. So many poor cats are euthanized each year because owners did not take this advice and unwanted litters were born; don’t make the same mistake with your cat.

Transport in a Carrier

If you ever have cause to travel with your cat, then you should always keep her in a secure travel carrier, like the Ferplast Atlas, because no matter how well-behaved you think your cat might be, there is always a chance that she will get distressed and cause a fuss, potentially causing you to have an accident, or that she will run away.

On the subject of travel, like dogs, cats should never be left in hot cars for any length of time. It is very dangerous and could so easily lead to your pet’s death.

Have Fun with Your Cat

If you want to be truly happy, then you need to have fun with him in any way that you can. If he likes bringing you presents, let him show them off to you without telling him off hor the headless mouse he’s presented or if he loves ‘massaging’ you with his paws, sit back and enjoy. Your cat likely loves attention and affection, and you should let him express himself in any way he can as long as it isn’t dangerous.

Take good care of your kitty; cats are so precious!

 

Comments

  1. Shannon Pickin says:

    Awesome list! This will definitely help people to learn to care for their animals. 🙂

  2. They’re so cute and affectionate, it’s just a few easy steps and they’ll be healthy .

  3. Amber Ludwig says:

    Seriously great reminders!! Cats are some work too 😉 I think people forget that sometimes since they kinda take care of themselves lol!

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