Did you know that February is National Cat Health Month? Fluffy’s health is always important, but this is the purrfect time to discuss it, and hopefully help educate people on what our feline overlords truly need to stay healthy. A San Antonio, TX veterinarian lists some basics of great kitty care below.
Kitties are curious and adventurous, and many of them absolutely love going outside. However, the Great Outdoors is very dangerous for Fluffy. Cars, weather, wildlife, and other hazards pose serious—and possibly life-threatening—risks.
Health care is just as important to cats as it is for us. Your feline pal should be fixed, microchipped, and current on exams, vaccines, and parasite control. Fluffy will also need key vaccines, such as the FVRCP and rabies vaccines. Follow your vet’s appointment schedule.
In between visits, watch for potential signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite, respiratory issues, unusual behavior or vocalizations, weight gain or loss. If you notice anything that seems off, call your vet immediately.
Fluffy’s weight can give you a good idea of her overall health. A sudden, unexplained drop or gain in weight can be indicative of a medical issue. You probably won’t have much luck getting Fluffy onto the scale, so we recommend weighing yourself first, and then getting on the scale again while holding your feline friend.
Cat food is definitely not one-size-fits-all. Ideally, you should be giving your furry buddy a high-quality food that is right for her age and health. (Tip: fill Fluffy’s bowls at the same time every day. This will make it easy for you to monitor how much she’s eating and drinking.)
Cleaning the litterbox isn’t the best part of kitty ownership, but it is important. Cats prefer their bathrooms to be nice and clean! Watch for changes in the color, amount, odor, or texture of Fluffy’s waste: these could indicate illness.
Never underestimate Fluffy’s capacity for getting into mischief. Make sure your home is safe by removing things like toxic plants, small and sharp objects, strings and cords, and plastic wraps. Ask your vet for more information.
Please feel free to contact us, your San Antonio, TX pet hospital, with any questions about cat health or care. We’re here to help!