A Holiday Dedicated To Promoting Good Health Care For Cats
The month of February is known as the month of love, but also the month of cat health. Most cat parents go above and beyond to give their feline friend the best life possible. As much as we love to spoil our cats, it’s also important to remember what is best for your cat’s health. This article will cover everything you need to know about cat health and how you can participate in this month-long feline themed holiday.
Why Have A Holiday About Cat Health?
The purpose of National Cat Health Month is to remind people about the importance of our cats’ health and well-being. Even the most die-hard cat lovers can often overlook certain aspects of their furry friends’ health. Cats are often regarded as low maintenance pets and some pet owners believe all they need is food, water, and a litter box. Cats do need these things, but they also need stimulation, exercise, vaccinations, and love. National Cat Health Month helps promote all of the things cats need to be happy, healthy, and safe.
Ways To Better Your Cat’s Health:
Here at Cool Cats Professional Cat Sitting, we want what’s best for your feline friend so they can live a long and happy life. Although we are not veterinarians or medical professionals, we have years of experience when it comes to cats. Here are a few suggestions and pieces of advice regarding your cat’s health and well being.
Schedule Your Annual Checkup
Every cat needs an annual checkup from your trusted veterinarian to ensure they are healthy. Cats are very good at masking their pain and problems making it difficult for us to know if something is wrong. The best way to catch any medical problems or complications is to have you cat examined at least once a year by your veterinarian.
Keeping Vaccinations Up-To-Date
Veterinarian bills can be expensive, but keeping your cat up-to-date on their vaccinations is worth the money. Cats are at risk of many diseases such as feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes), feline panleukopenia (feline distemper), and calicivirus plus Feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, these vaccinations are essential to keeping them safe and healthy.
Although a somewhat controversial topic, we believe it’s important to mention. We don’t believe in telling others how to raise/treat their pets, but we do believe in what’s best for them. Having your cat spayed/neutered is the responsible thing to do as it helps reduce the risk of cancer in female cats and it helps with population control. With so many feral and stray cats in America, we strongly encourage having your cat spayed or neutered. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
High Quality Food
As the old expression goes, “You are what you eat.” If you want your cat to live it’s best life, then give them a quality diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need meat in their diet to stay alive and healthy. We suggest being very careful about what brand and type of dry or wet food you give your cats. Be sure to check the nutritional labels before purchasing to see exactly what ingredients are in your cat’s food. For a more in-depth look into the world of cat food, go to Veterinarians.org.
Cat Teeth Hygiene
A commonly overlooked part of cat health is their oral hygiene. Although it can be difficult, brushing your cat’s teeth regularly is vitally important. Cat mouths are filled with bacteria. If left unchecked, cats can develop serious issues with their teeth, mouth, and organs. Talk with your veterinarian about developing a teeth brushing routine for your cat and how to best go about it. You can also check out PetMD.com for more information regarding how to clean your cat’s teeth.
Keep Your Cat Active
Lastly, it’s important that you keep your cat active, exercised, and stimulated. How active your cat is depends on their personality and their environment. Make your home as cat friendly and engaging as possible to keep your furry friend well entertained. We recommend having cat toys readily available around the house so your cat always has the option to play. Try investing in a scratching post, cat tree, or similar cat play area that will keep them engaged and entertained. A playful cat is a happy cat!