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Keeping Your Cat Healthy

February 1, 2021

February is N ational Cat Health Month! Fluffy is a pretty easy keeper, but she isn’t quite as invincible as she seems to think. In fact, kitties have a bit of a knack for getting into trouble! In this article, a Virginia Beach, VA veterinarian offers some suggestions on keeping your feline pal happy and healthy.


P  roper Diet

No surprises here: a good diet is just as crucial to pets as it is to people. Offer your furry buddy the best food you can afford. Treats are fine, but don’t go overboard. Keeping Fluffy at a healthy weight is very important!


Activity And Stimulation

You’ve likely noticed that cats are rather lazy in general. However, even the sleepiest feline needs some form of entertainment. Make sure your kitty has lots of safe, suitable toys, and take time to play with her daily.


Veterinary Care

Fluffy would likely prefer to take yet another nap than come visit us, but she’ll be much healthier with regular care. How often your feline buddy should come in will depend on her age, health, and lifestyle. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, keep an eye out for signs of health issues, such as vomiting, poor grooming, withdrawal, respiratory issues, and changes in behavior. Cats often try to mask signs of illness, so contact your vet as soon as you notice anything off.


Keep Kitty In

Cats can be quite adventurous little furballs. Unfortunately, Fluffy’s taste for exploration can get her into trouble. Your furry friend will be much safer and healthier inside, where she’s protected from traffic, weather, chemicals, and other hazards.


Preventative Care

Between appointments, you’ll need to keep up with your kitty’s parasite control products. There are many options for these, including sprays, collars, topical drops, and oral medications. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Catproofing

Fluffy is very mischievous, which is both adorable and dangerous. Kitties think of themselves as fierce predators, and will happily practice their hunting skills on anything and everything within reach. Unfortunately, they don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them. Keep anything that could be dangerous out of paws’ reach. This includes things like plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; wires and cords; toxic plants; chemicals; medications; and anything small or sharp.


Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Virginia Beach, VA veterinary clinic, today!

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