If you are reading this article and you have gotten yourself a new cat, then we think saying “congratulations” is the first step. However, if you are conducting thorough reading before purchasing your new feline friend, you have certainly come to the right place. Whether you are a new cat owner, a prospective owner or you are already accustomed to having them around, one thing is certain: your cat needs to be kept healthy. What’s more, the healthiness of your cat will go a long way to determine your happiness together.
As a proud cat owner now, it is prudent you know the best ways to treat your cat with love and care so that it can be kept in good shape. Keeping your cat healthy is not as difficult as it may seem; it is just like having any other four-legged pet in your home, but in this instance, you will need less maintenance, a litter box and a lot of comfy spots. If you follow these under listed points religiously, you will be able to keep your cats healthy and ensure that your cat will be sound both in mind and in body.
Undertake Regular Grooming
Normally, cats take care of their grooming themselves, however, your furry little friend will depend on you for most of its essential grooming – different long-haired breeds need a little help from their owners. This includes brushing its fur, trimming claws as well as checking the ear for dirt build-up.
Irrespective of the nature of your cat’s fur; whether short or long, it will be to its advantage if the fur is regularly brushed or combed. They need to be brushed several times a week, in some cases even every day. This aids in the removal of weak and dead hair from the coat to prevent ingesting itself during his or her natural self-grooming routine. Also, you can occasionally give your cat a hair laxative to help poop out hairs ingested into its system while self-grooming. What’s more, when trimming the nails of your cat, identify any changes in the paws such as dehydration or dryness.
Sometimes the cat might not always cooperate with your grooming techniques, however, if you make it a habit to brush its hairs before meals, they will likely relate it to something sumptuous. And when grooming, prevent brushing the fur rigorously as this can cause irritation and damage the cat’s fur. Always remember that cats love to be pampered and spoilt with love, so be patient and gentle when brushing the fur.
A beautiful, healthy and bark-free coat is an important prerequisite to prevent health risks such as parasites and skin diseases and spending time to groom your cat can also serve as a bonding period whilst offering an opportunity to monitor changes in its body. You should frequently examine the ears of your cat for any wax build-up or detect any stinking smells coming from the ears. Also, do not forget the regular fur control with the flea comb, in order to be able to counteract a possible flea infection.
If you notice a change or injury to your cat, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. Generally speaking, it’s always best to notify the vet of unusual changes to your cat’s body; be it a lump or the dryness of the paws. The sooner illnesses or health risks are detected, the faster and better they can usually be treated. Your veterinarian will also advise you on which vaccinations and regular examinations make sense, when the cat should be castrated and what measures are necessary to prevent parasites.
Provide Lots of Exercise
Exercise is important for the health of your pet. Free-runners usually go outside for their urge to move, whereas in the case of domestic cats it is often up to the owners to keep them going. Exercise is fun, keeps you fit, prevents overweight and boredom , and ensures that cats are balanced and satisfied. Add variety to the daily game units to meet your smart cat’s needs and encourage them to play. Intelligence toys, hunting and catching games, game units with the cat fishing rod and more get your tiger tiger up to speed and make him feel good.
Provide Proper Feeding With Nutritious Meals
A healthy diet is an important prerequisite for good defenses. Providing proper feeding includes giving your cat the right food with fresh water daily. Clean and fresh water, as we already know, is good for humans; likewise, it is also essential for your cat’s good health. Provide a clean bowl or a cat fountain to keep your cat’s water in it. It doesn’t need to be luxurious or fancy, but rather, it must be adequate enough to enable your cat to quench its thirst when the need arises. Ensure to refill the bowl with clean water each day.
Also measuring food correctly is very important point in the diet: obesity is a big health risk for cats, so take good care that your pet retains its slender line, do not feed too much in between, and in no case give it leftovers. It is also advisable to provide a clean dish for its food with the right amount of food in the dish to avoid over or underfeeding it. Also, abstain from giving your cat too many dry meals which can cause carbohydrate build up in the body; which can also lead to obesity. A high-quality wet food with a high meat content is the best basis for the daily cat food plan. Essentially, the food should also be rich in all the essential nutrients required for your cat.
Provide A Comfortable Home
Incorrect housing conditions can make your cat sick. Hectic, bustle and constant changes are permanent poison for most cats. Nor do they like being alone for too long. A stable environment enough pampering will ensure that they feel comfortable and have the best conditions for a healthy and long life.
With litter boxes, it’s best to decide on the appropriate area to place litter boxes in your home; it could be in the corner of your living room or close to the fireplace, depending on the design of your home. Place the litter boxes in open, neat and well-lit spaces where your furry friend can feel comfortable and be able to see around them. Also, as most cats are neat-freaks, it’s vital to empty their litter boxes on a weekly bases since they will likely use other alternative means of relieving themselves if the litter box is not cleaned. Hence you must regularly dispose of the litter box contents and clean it with a disinfectant and refill it with new litter.
Cats generally spend most of their time sleeping; that is approximately 15 to 20 hours to sleep in a day. Therefore, it is equally important that baskets, boxes, and blankets are available. When combined, these essential products create a comfy cuddle spot for your cat. You can also provide a comfortable spot by your window for him or her to enjoy the outdoor sceneries. And although cats love to cuddle, do not superimpose your affection on them, especially when it is clearly not in the mood. Rather, allow its free movement while monitoring any strange behavior.
Observe Unusual Urinating Habits of your Cat
If you find your cat peeing outside the litter box, it’s normal to assume that it’s a result of the litter box being dirty and unkempt, however, it is not always the case. So, before assuming that the cat is being naughty, it is crucial to visit the vet. Sometimes a habitual change may be the result of a urine infection. Observing its unusual habits will help you understand the needed treatment better. When it has been established that your cat is not suffering from any infection, you can then consider changing the litter boxes.
Care for your Cat’s Teeth
Check the teeth and gum of your cat regularly. Cats also develop tartar that causes gum disease. Ideally, the gum should be pinkish and the teeth white. Where you notice a change in color of both, you it’s more likely build-up from previous meals taken and must be taken care of. Despite the popular opinion that cats cannot brush their teeth, they can if they are properly trained to do so.
To train your cat to brush its teeth, you must first have some cat toothpaste handy as well as a brush. The paste mostly comes in different flavors such as chicken among others. It’s always best for your cat to choose its own flavor so it will stick to the regimen in the long run. You can also introduce the cat to the paste by allowing it to lick a tray or your hand. With the assistance a family member or neighbor, you can then try brushing your cat’s teeth cat. However, if all else fails, schedule a dental cleaning routine with a vet to reduce plaques, bad breath and the decolorization of your cat’s teeth and gum.
Get a Carrier
Allowing your cat to travel with you in your car unrestrained can be extremely dangerous since it can distract you while driving and lead to an accident causing injury to you both. Thus if you are making a visit to the vet or making a road trip, it is advisable you transport your cat in a carrier specifically designed for that purpose. It’s normal for cats not to feel comfortable in carriers, however, insist on using it for safety. When purchasing a carrier, be certain that it is spacious and airy enough for your cat since carriers with inadequate temperature are responsible for many cat deaths.
Neuter or Spay your Cat
To neuter or spay your cat means to remove the testes of the male cat and to also remove the ovaries of the female cat. Neutering or spaying them can prevent diseases. Mostly, cats are spayed or neutered when they are five to eight months old, however, depending on the breed of the cat you can either neuter or spay it even when it is two months old. But it is important to consult the vet to know when it is appropriate to undertake this surgery. Delaying the surgery until the cat is older can result in it becoming aggressive and unaffectionate.
The surgical process will ensure that the sexual urges of the cat will be reduced, if not eliminated completely; since female cats are mostly unbearable when they are on heat and the male cats go roaming until they have satisfied their sexual urges.
Make Regularly Vet Appointments
As there are specialists that take care of humans, there are vets who are specialized in treating cats. Scheduling an appointment with the vet within regular time intervals can offer the opportunity to report any unusual habits to the vet. During the early stages of the cat’s life, you must frequent the vet so vaccines can be administered and it can be spayed or neutered. Changes in the gum and teeth of your cat must be brought to the vet’s attention, as well as any changes in the paws, ears, eyes, and weight. Do not wait until your cat is unwell before you schedule an appointment; sometimes regular check-ups can help reveal diseases and infections that might be hidden in the cat.
Finding a veterinarian who specializes in feline health and anatomy and can be a valuable asset when it comes to keeping your cat in shape. In as much as there are quack doctors, there are also quack veterinarians who can worsen the condition of your cat if they administer the wrong treatment.
Also, ensure that if possible, your vet should be located in your area to have easy access to the facility. Also, some veterinary practices are subjugated by a canine clientele, and that can be depressing for a cat that has to spend a considerable amount of time in the waiting area with dogs all around. If possible, locate a veterinary that has a separate room for cats and dogs.