6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Do you have a kitty? Cats are very popular pets, and with good reason. Fluffy is cute, clean, and independent. She’s also very easy to care for. However, our feline pals do need proper care in order to thrive. Read on as a Mattoon, IL vet discusses your pet’s health.

Veterinary Care

We know that visiting us isn’t Fluffy’s favorite activity: your furball would probably much rather take another nap than go on a car ride. However, proper veterinary care is very important to your feline buddy’s health. We recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, examined regularly, and kept current on all recommended vaccinations and parasite control products. You’ll also need to have your cat examined regularly, and to contact your vet at the first sign of illness or injury.

Diet

Nutrition is crucial to Fluffy’s health. If your feline pal is getting low quality food, she may become obese, and she won’t necessarily be getting the right amount or kind of nourishment. Ask your vet for specific advice, including portion sizes, suitable snacks, and supplements.

Exercise

Fluffy’s napping obsession is adorable, but it does make it easy for her to get out of shape. Keep your sleepy pet active by offering her lots of fun toys and playing with her regularly. We also recommend giving your kitty some pet furniture that promotes healthy activities, like jumping and climbing. Cat towers are great for this!

Litterbox

One of the best things about cats is that they are very neat, and will discretely see to their own needs. Be sure to keep Fluffy’s personal powder room clean! If you have more than one kitty, you’ll need to provide each furball with their own litterbox, and you’ll also need at least one extra.

Safety

Cats may be small, but they have a huge capacity for getting into mischief. We recommend keeping your pet safe and sound indoors. Outdoor cats face many dangers, such as cars, predators, and bad weather. It’s also a good idea to do some petproofing. This is especially important if your feline buddy is a kitten!

Emotional Health

Stress can really wreak havoc on Fluffy’s health. Pay lots of attention to your kitty, and keep that little motor going by making sure she feels happy, healthy, and content.

Is your kitty due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Mattoon, IL animal clinic!

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