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Cat Health – 7 Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget

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  • 12 October 2017
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Vet visits aren’t just for when your cat is sick. Scheduling preventative care visits one or two times a year is a must for keeping your kitty healthy. In addition to those visits, here are seven more health essentials to help keep your cat feeling her best.

1. Fresh Water

Domestic cats don’t get as much moisture from dry food as wild cats do from their prey. You can help your cat stay properly hydrated by providing fresh water on a daily basis. Since some cats simply don’t like drinking from standard bowls, you can try putting water in a taller glass. If that doesn’t work, adding a cat fountain to your home should do the trick to make your cat drink more. Even if it seems yours is drinking enough, be sure to add canned cat food to your feline’s diet for extra moisture.

2. Provide a Scratching Post

Keeping your pet active will benefit it both physically and mentally. One way to do this is with a scratching post. Having this item will allow your cat to stretch its muscles, and remove old layers from its claws. An added benefit of getting your cat to use a scratching post is you won’t have to worry about damaged furniture. Having multiple posts (including some horizontal and some vertical ones) will help ensure your cat scratches where you want him to.

3. Grooming

Cats are quite good at self-grooming. However, some dead hair will slip past even the most meticulous self-groomer, which is why it’s important to comb or brush your feline on a regular basis. Grooming your cat also provides an opportunity to check for any bumps or other skin abnormalities.

4. Use a Cat Carrier

It’s important to keep your kitty safe whenever it goes for a car ride with you. The best way to do this is by using a cat carrier and securing it to one of your seats.

5. Litter Box Cleaning

It’s a good idea to have one litter box for each cat in your house, as well a spare. Keeping all the litter boxes clean by consistently scooping will support good litter box habits.

6. Monitor Behavior Changes

If your cat’s litter box is clean but you notice your pet urinating outside of it, you should schedule a vet visit. This type of behavior can indicate a UTI or other health issue. It’s also a good idea to visit your vet if you notice any stool or urine changes during your cleanings.

7. Dental Care

Cats are susceptible to tartar and the issues it can cause like gum disease. Your kitty may let you brush its teeth with a special feline toothbrush and toothpaste. If not, you can use a combination of cat dental treats and professional cleanings to care for your pet’s mouth.

For more information about cats or to to try one of our nutritious cat or kitten formulas, please contact Pet Wants CFL.