For many of us, the first few months of a new year are a time of renewed focus on the things that matter the most. Now is a good time to focus on the health and well-being of your Kitty, since our feline companions fall in that category. In recognition of National Cat Health Month, make it a point to do all the things that will help your cat live a happier, healthier, and longer life.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind along the way:
Feed Kitty a High-Quality Diet
A cat’s nutritional requirements will vary depending on her age and lifestyle. Be sure to feed Kitty the type of high-quality food that meets her daily needs and also helps her maintain a healthy weight. Your veterinarian can help you with this.
Stay on Top of Your Cat’s Dental Health
While brushing a cat’s teeth can be a real ordeal, oral hygiene is an important part of your cat’s overall health. At the very least you’’ want to make it a point to schedule Kitty for regular exams and teeth cleanings.
Monitor Your Cat’s Weight
Being overweight can harm your cat’s overall health so be sure to have lots of things for Kitty to do. This is especially important if she’s an indoor cat. Activities can include Kitty towers, interactive feeds, and playtime with wand toys.
Pay Attention to Litterbox Habits
Clues to early signs of illness can show up in your cat’s litterbox habits and also in what she leaves behind in the box. It’s definitely time to take Kitty to the vet if she starts urinating more often (or less often), her stool looks different than usual, or she has problems using the box.
Groom Kitty Regularly
Combing or brushing Kitty on a regular basis can help keep you abreast of any issues that may arise with her claws and skin. It also allows you and Kitty to form a loving, strong bond.
Schedule an Annual Wellness Check
Annual wellness checks help you and your vet spot early signs of illness, so it’s really important to keep these appointments. Wellness checks are also a prime time to ask your vet any questions you may have about your cat.
Keep Kitty’s Vaccinations Up-to-Date
Keeping your cat’s booster shots and vaccinations up-to-date is Kitty’s best defense against contracting serious illnesses, especially if she spends lots of time with other cats.
If you have more questions or want to schedule an appointment with the vet, please don’t hesitate to call us today!