Dogs may be man’s best friend, but many animal lovers love to keep cats as pets because of the animal’s warm yet independent spirit. There are steps you can take to keep your pet healthy and avoid problems or concerns. By using a combination of grooming, prevention and pet health products, you can ensure your cat’s companionship for years to come.
There are two main ways you can maintain your cat’s health and happiness. Scheduling annual vet checkups allows a professional to provide special care and attention to your cat. This allows the vet to stay on top of the injections and regular exams felines need. Paying attention to any physical changes in your pet will give you a better idea of your pet’s health. Investing in a few specialized, approved pet health products can also make a significant difference.
Do an overall evaluation of your cat whenever you pet or sit with it. Take a quick look at the animal from nose to tail. It is smart to do this regularly and at a fixed time, your pet will get used to it and you will not forget the daily check. Notify your vet if you discover any potential problems. Start with your cat’s head. Are his eyes bright and alert? Are his ears pink and clean? Do the ears give off a pungent odor that seems abnormal? Have any bugs appeared as a dark, thick formation in the cat’s ears? Are the gums pink and are the teeth healthy, clean and strong? Is tartar along the gum line? Has your cat developed unpleasant breath?
Gently feel and inspect your pet’s body for sores, nodules, puffiness, bumps, scratches, parasites, or irregularities. Keep an eye out for flea dirt, which resembles black pepper in appearance and appears red when moistened. Check your cat’s paws, ears, and tail.
Feel free to ask your vet any questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to verify what is and isn’t normal.
Brushing your cat regularly will keep it looking neat and tidy. Rubber brushes remove dead skin cells and loose hair. Combs designed specifically for a cat help to remove fleas and small bugs from the hair.
It is imperative to trim your cat’s claws regularly. When this doesn’t happen, a cat’s claws can grow into the pads of their feet, leading to pain and infection. A vet will be happy to show you how to trim a cat’s nails properly in a way that does not harm the animal. Although many people choose to have their cats declawed, this is not the only way to prevent scratching. It can also be very painful for the pet. Felines can be trained to scratch only in designated areas, such as a well-designed post.
Cat owners should do as much research as possible into the proper care of cats. They should also have at least one emergency first aid book or pamphlet. Familiarizing yourself with emergency procedures may save your cat’s life. Do not try to treat your cat with drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or suphedrine. Many drugs intended for humans can be toxic to cats.