Cool cats, scaredy cats, and curious cats all have the same basic health needs. As a cat owner, it’s your responsibility to provide continual care for your feline friend. But you don’t have to figure everything out on your own – PetsWay is here to help. No matter what type of cat you have, incorporating these cat care tips will ensure a fulfilling and healthy life for your furry companion.
Cat Care Tips
Regular Veterinarian Visits
Keep your cat healthy with regular, annual visits to the vet. These visits should include a health screen and vaccinations, parasite control, and a dental examination. Your vet may also discuss your cat’s nutritional needs and solutions for weight management if needed. Be sure to take kittens to the vet more frequently, as recommended by your veterinarian.
If you don’t already have a veterinarian, visit the American Animal Hospital Association website for a list of accredited vet practices in your area. You may also ask for recommendations from friends and family – especially those who take skilled care of their cat’s health and welfare.
Proper parasite control is crucial to the health and wellness of your cat. Fleas, for example, can cause irritated skin, hair loss, and infection, and can also lead to tapeworms if your cat swallows even one flea. Heartworms in cats can be fatal. And ear mites – very common in cats – need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Talk to your vet about regular flea, heartworm, and intestinal parasite control. They will be able to recommend a product designed specifically for your feline.
Extra weight on a cat can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, arthritis, cancer, joint pain, and liver problems. Obesity generally develops when calorie intake exceeds your cat’s energy requirements. Speak to your vet about your cat’s ideal weight and recommended calorie intake. He or she will be able to recommend a suitable food brand and amount for your pet. Always consult your vet before starting your cat on a new diet or exercise regimen.
Spaying and Neutering
Female cats should be spayed and male cats should be neutered by the time they are six months old. Spaying or neutering your cat not only reduces the number of unwanted litters, but also provides several health benefits for your pet. Spaying female cats helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, and prevents them from going into heat. Neutering male cats will decrease their urge to roam away from home, prevent them from “spraying” to mark territory, and decrease their tendency to fight other males.
Scratching and Nail Trimming
Believe it or not, cats scratch for their health. Scratching helps them shed their old outer nail and expose the smooth, new claws underneath. Providing your cat with a sturdy scratching post will help keep his or her nails healthy while protecting your furniture. Spritz or sprinkle catnip on your scratching post once or twice a month to help keep your cat interested in the post.
Some cat owners prefer to trim their cat’s nails on a regular basis to reduce scratching. To trim the nail, apply gentle pressure to the top of the foot to expose your cat’s claws and use high-quality nail scissors to trim only the white tip of each nail. Avoid clipping the pink area, as this is actually the nerve that runs through the nail.
Grooming and Bathing
Regular brushing will ensure your cat has a healthy coat and skin. Plus, it will reduce shedding on your clothes and furniture. And even though cats generally bathe themselves, you need to bathe your cat with lukewarm water and mild shampoo from time to time. Make sure not to get water directly in your cat’s ears, eyes, or nose. For a professional clean, trust the pros at Petsway. We offer professional cat grooming services, including bathing, brushing, nail trimming, teeth cleaning, and more.