Protecting our Cats Health
Regular vet checks
Cats are not so different from humans when it comes to healthcare. As we would schedule a routine visit with our GP perhaps once or twice a year to ensure our health is up to scratch, the same is needed for cats outside of any other health emergencies. While seeming self-sufficient and are usually good at hiding any non-obvious pain, this is more reason for you to identify any emerging health issues before they have a chance to get worse.
Important to keep health check-ups and reviews
Oral hygiene is important for cats to keep their teeth clean and prevent any dental diseases. This is unfortunately common among cats and is difficult to identify as they do not always stop eating and drinking as normal.
Cats require frequent vaccinations to prevent fleas and rabies which are usually effective for up to three years. Between vaccinations, you can request that your vet checks your cat’s immunity at a routine appointment to ensure they are not at risk of catching any infections.
Weight change or changes in appetite are usually indications of what might be going on inside your cats’ body. You can usually get more of a clue if you notice a change in stools, but it is best to seek professional advice rather than diagnosing at home.
Senior cats, seven years old and above, need more frequent checks as they are susceptible to age related diseases such as arthritis, obesity or liver and kidney problems. These kinds of issues are not generally identified by an untrained eye, even if you have had your cat for many years. Senior cats should really be visiting their vet for routine appointments around three times a year.
Lastly, routine appointments may help your cat to be a little more comfortable rather than afraid during visits to the vet; instead of them associating the visits to emergency and pain which can be traumatic for them, they become familiar with their vet and with the routine.
Here are just a few tips on keeping your cat happy and well:
• Make sure your cat has regular health checks.
• Visit Feed your cat a good balanced quality nutritional diet.
• Keep their environment clean.
• Keep the litter box nice and fresh.
• Try and bond with your cat, like playing with toys and talking to them.
• Allow them to have freedom so they can be on their own and be free to go to a quiet place in the house.
• Provide scratching posts around the home.
If you are ever worried or concerned about your cat, always contact your vet for advice and immediate help.