6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Do you know that February is National Cat Health Month? Our feline friends make wonderful pets. Fluffy isn’t hard to care for: providing your kitty with food and water, regular veterinary care, and a clean litterbox will see to her basic needs. However, keeping your cat happy, healthy, and purring does take a bit more TLC. Read on as a Webster, NY vet offers tips on keeping Fluffy healthy.

Good Nutrition

As the old saying says, you are what you eat. Make sure that your kitty is getting good, nutritious food. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard with fatty snacks. Ask your vet for recommendations, and let professional advice—not Fluffy’s cute face and plaintive meows—determine your furry friend’s feeding schedule.

Entertainment

Believe it or not, cats can get bored. Provide Fluffy with plenty of toys, so she can entertain herself while you’re out. Kitties really enjoy birdwatching, so make sure your furball has at least one good window seat. Leaving a radio on will also help.

Exercise

Kitties are definitely sleepy little furballs. When Fluffy is young, she’ll be quite frisky, but as she ages, she’ll slow down a bit, and you may need to trick her into staying active. Play with your cat daily, and give her some pet furniture to look adorable on.

Monitor Fluffy’s Health

Cats can be quite mysterious, especially when it comes to being sick. Keep an eye out for any potential signs of illness. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, crankiness, litterbox woes, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Keep Kitty Indoors

We know, Fluffy may demand to be let out, so she can leave paw prints on your car. However, your furball will be much safer indoors, where she is protected from the hazards posed by cars, weather, chemicals, and other animals.

Catproofing

Never underestimate Fluffy’s ability to get herself into trouble. You may want to do some kittyproofing to keep your feline buddy safe. Toxic plants, chemicals, medicines, plastic bags and wrappers, and small or sharp items are a few things that can endanger your adorable ball of mischief. Ask your vet for petproofing tips.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Call us! As your Webster, NY animal clinic, we aim to provide the best veterinary care around.

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