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February is National Cat Health Month! Kitties are pretty independent, but they do need good care to stay happy and healthy. A local Cornelius, NC vet offers some tips on keeping your feline buddy purring in this article.
A proper diet will go a long way towards keeping your kitty bright eyed and bushy tailed. You don’t need to break the bank buying cat food, but you should get Fluffy the best food you can afford. Portion control is also important. Ask your vet for more information.
You’ve probably noticed that Fluffy is, well, rather sleepy. However, your pet can’t spend all of her time snoozing. Your furry friend will need some ways to entertain herself when she is actually awake. Offer her lots of toys, and take time to play with her daily. Your cat will also appreciate having some furniture to climb and explore, as well as a good window seat, where she can relax and watch birds and squirrels.
A dirty litterbox will both look and smell bad. It can also harbor dangerous germs, which can then lead to UTI’s and other health issues. Keep Fluffy’s powder room clean!
Many of our feline patients don’t see us as often as they should. Fluffy will need to come in a few times when she is a kitten, for her initial exams and vaccines, as well as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Once she is fully grown, she may only need to visit once a year. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. No matter how old your cat is, watch for signs of illness between visits. Call us right away if you notice anything amiss.
Cats are very, very good at getting into mischief. Take a look around your home, and put anything that could be dangerous to Fluffy in a secure spot, where she can’t reach it. That list includes things like toxic plants; wires and cords; chemicals; and anything small or sharp. We also strongly recommend keeping kitties indoors.
Fluffy’s mental and emotional health are also very important. Pay lots of attention to your furry little friend! Talk to her, pet her, and let her cuddle up with you if she likes.
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Cornelius, NC veterinary clinic, today!