How To Keep Your Cat Healthy For Many Years To Come

Cats make the perfect pets, ask any cat owner. Did you know that there are 8 milliion cats in the UK and they are now Britains favourite pet? It’s also been shown that the sound of a cat’s purr can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Caring for our cats is important to us and to our health so it seems, so we take the time to give them preventive care so we can enjoy them for as long as possible. Caring for cats is not difficult with preventive maintenance.

Preventive Care

Checkups at the veterinarian are very important in your cat’s well-being even if they seem to be doing well. Scheduling regular visits to the veterinarian at least once a year for preventive care is a good way to find and treat problems before they cause damage. As your cat ages its requirements change. Your veterinarian can answer any questions you may have regarding the health of your cat as it ages. If you keep your cat indoors, it’s important to cat proof your home as well. Cats also stress easy which can affect the overall health and affect the immune system. Keeping your cat stress free can help alleviate stress-induced problems. Check for problems within the inner and outer ear as well. Look for indications of any problems in your cat’s mouth such as difficulty eating, swollen gums, loose teeth or pawing at the mouth. You should also brush your cat’s teeth using a toothbrush made specifically for cats. The most important way to prevent problems in your cat is to be vigilant and take notice of any unusual behavior or appearance on a daily basis.

Grooming

Cats need daily grooming and brushing to bring out the shine of their coat and to minimize hairballs. Cats can have problems with hairballs, which can cause intestinal blockages, which can be serious, so it’s important to look for any signs of distress such as ongoing gagging or hacking with no hairball appearing. A lack of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea or constipation can be other problems suggesting hairball symptoms. Careful grooming on a regular basis can help prevent hair that will end up inside of your cat. Give your cat specialized cat food specifically for hairball control or use a hairball product or laxative. Also, clean your cat’s ears for wax about once a week and check for ear mites to keep their ears healthy.

Nail Clipping

Cats need regular nail clipping and is best if you start when a cat is a kitten to make the process easier. Nails should be clipped every few weeks and it is a part of maintaining your pet’s health. It also protects you, your visitors as well as your furniture. Your vet can show you the proper way to trim nails. The most important thing to remember when clipping nails is not to get to close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail where there are blood vessels and nerve endings.

Vaccinations and Parasites

At your yearly vet visit, your cat will probably be vaccinated against several infectious diseases. There are also many parasites that can cause problems for your cat. Worms, ticks, fleas, and mites are some of the parasites that a cat may pick up. They can cause allergic reactions and distress to your cat.