Cat Health for All Nine Lives

A grey cat peeking over its tail

Some people think cats make great pets because you can leave them home alone for long stretches of time. Many believe that cats don’t require much interaction, and are content to simply “do their own thing”. 

This couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Cats are actually highly social animals that thrive in a stimulating environment. They are creatures of habit, loyal companions, and intuitive housemates. Cats give their people so much, and they deserve the attention they need to maintain lifelong cat health.

Cat Health Starts at Home

Providing a safe, supportive environment is key to cat health. They depend on having their own space, climbing surfaces, scratching posts, and fun toys. Cat-proofing is something most cat owners do before bringing their fluffy pal home, but it should be an ongoing priority. 

Try to see the world from a cat’s perspective and remove items that can pose risks, such as dangling string or ribbon, toxic plants, and choking hazards. Always be sure that window screens and doors are secure to prevent falls or escapes.

Same Time, Same Place

Cats are creatures of habit. They expect things, like meal times or the back door opening, to happen at the same time every day. If you are not going to be able to get back home at expected times each day, make sure someone else (like a cat sitter or friend) can meet your kitty’s needs.

Brain and Body Health

Cats are smart and they crave opportunities to use their skills. Creating games or sports for them to run, chase, pounce, and ambush are excellent for both their brain and body. You can even train a cat to play fetch or go through an agility course!

Food puzzles work well to keep cats occupied and rewarded. But be careful not to load them with too many treats and to portion their meals accordingly.

About Your Cat’s Weight..

Balanced, complete, and age-appropriate nutrition is vital to your cat’s health. Certain formulas can support various systems, like the kidneys, coat, or vision. Be sure to follow the recommended portion sizes that commensurate with current and/or ideal weight.

Small Things, Big Rewards

Always be sure that water bowls or circulating water fountains are full of clean, fresh water. Don’t forget to clean litter boxes every day. If you have multiple cats, you should have one box per cat, plus one extra. If you wish to change the type of litter you’re using, do so gradually.

Don’t Forget Dental Care for Cats!

The majority of cats over age 3 have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Since dental disease can affect the major organs it’s essential to maintain excellent dental health at home. We also recommend regular cleanings under anesthesia.

Seniors Matter

As cats age they can suffer many age-related issues, like arthritis. Watch your cat for any signs they are in pain. Careful management of their environment can reduce risk of further injury, and medication can alleviate much of their sensitivity.

Cat Health Forever!

Cat health hinges on preventive care, such as regular exams vaccinations, parasite prevention, loss prevention (microchips, ID tags), spay/neuter surgery, and direct intervention when behavioral concerns are present. 

If you ever have questions about cat health, and the many ways you can positively influence your cat’s longevity and quality of life, our certified fear-free and cat-friendly practice is always here for you! Call us today!

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