Ways To Watch Out For Your Cat’s Health
Gums and Teeth
I confess that before I became a cat owner, I had no idea that cats need help with dental hygiene. Your vet should check your cat’s teeth and gums at every visit. You should also check these regularly. Her gums should be pink, and her teeth should be white and free of cracks.
Plaque and tartar buildup can turn teeth yellow or brown. Dental treats can help to reduce this residue. If the buildup gets too bad, your vet should discuss the option of doing a clinical cleaning.
And while your cat’s breath probably won’t be minty fresh, see the vet if you notice a new or funky odor, as this can be a sign of infection.
Being “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” applies to cats. Well, at least the bright-eyed part. Your cat’s eyes should be bright and focused. And while a few crusties in the corners is normal, there shouldn’t be any excessive discharge.
Check your cat’s ears regularly. If you notice a bad smell or see a lot of wax or black gunk, she may have ear mites or an infection. What to do? Take her to the vet, of course.
Don’t worry if you notice that your cat’s nose is warm and dry instead of cold and wet. It’s a myth that this means she’s sick.
– via Care.com
Keep Your Cat Safe And Healthy
1. Outfit your cat with a breakaway collar and visible ID that includes your name, address, and telephone number
No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance she may slip out the door. Your cat is more likely to get home safely if she has a collar and ID.
Also, be a good citizen by complying with any local cat licensing laws.
Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced diet and provide fresh water 24/7
2. Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and vaccinations
If you don’t have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter, rescue group, or a pet-owning friend for a referral. Medical care is as essential for your cat as it is for you.
If you are having trouble affording veterinary care, investigate our list of financial resources.
If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before you introduce your new cat.
3. Spay or neuter your cat
Spaying and neutering your cat will keep him healthier and help decrease the number of cats euthanized every year because of cat overpopulation. If you can’t afford the operation, look into low-cost options.
Educate yourself on your cat’s nutritional needs or ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your pet.
– via www.humanesociety.org
What are some other important parts of caring for your cat’s health?