September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! Kitties are wonderful pets. They’re not only adorable and cuddly, they have a special way of making us laugh with their hilarious antics. Cats are fairly easy to care for, but they aren’t quite as independent as they’d like us to think. Read on as a Los Gatos, CA vet lists some common kitty care mistakes.
We know, our feline pals love fun outdoor activities, like leaving paw prints on your car. However, the Great Outdoors is a dangerous place for Fluffy. Kitties that go outdoors are exposed to some very serious hazards, such as traffic, weather, and predators. Keep your cute pet safe and sound indoors. (Tip: set out some pet-safe plants to give your furry buddy a taste of nature. You can find a full list of nontoxic plants online at the ASPCA site.)
Many of our feline patients don’t see us as often as they should. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on her vaccinations and parasite control products. Regular exams are also important. Early detection is always beneficial when it comes to treating health problems in cats. This is much more likely if your furball sees the vet regularly. It’s also important to watch for signs of sickness. Cats often try to hide symptoms of illness. This is because, in the wild, showing weakness can attract dangerous predators. Therefore, you may not notice your pet is sick until she’s quite ill. That’s why it’s important to call your vet as soon as you notice anything wrong.
Fluffy certainly does take her beauty rest seriously. However, your drowsy pet can’t sleep all the time. Kitties can get bored with nothing to do! Offer your furball lots of toys, and take time to play with her regularly. Your cat will also appreciate a good window view, where she can sit and spy on local wildlife.
Chubby cats may be cute, but they face some very serious health issues. If your furball is getting a bit round, but is constantly meowing for food and treats, Fluffy may be getting spoiled. Ask your vet for recommendations, including tips on serving sizes and suitable treats.
Please call us, your local Los Gatos, CA veterinary clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!