Check into the Pet Clinic: The In’s and Out’s of Cat Wellness Care
There are many compelling reasons to adopt a cat, but one factor that draws in prospective owners is the idea that cats require less day-to-day care and attention. Sure, many cats might keep more to themselves than some dogs, but that doesn’t mean their health can be ignored. When you commit to a feline friend, you’re saying that cat wellness matters to you. And it matters to us, too!
We strongly advise cat owners to bring their cats in to see us twice a year for cat wellness examinations. This preventive approach allows us to remain on the forefront of your cat’s health. By taking care of any developing problems before they get out of hand, we can sustain wellness for longer periods of time.
Besides monitoring exercise/play opportunities, nutritional needs, diet, and weight, your cat’s immunizations and parasite prevention should also be maintained through routine visits. Staying ahead of contagious disease and infection is another way to protect cat wellness and overall health.
An Inherited Trait
Your cat is among the stealthiest of all animals. This is endearing, of course, but this quality also allows him or her to cover up any signs of stress, illness, or injury. Even the most observant cat owners can miss the subtle signs that a cat is unwell, making it even more important to keep routine visits on the calendar every 6-12 months.
In the meantime, if you ever have questions about your cat’s behavior patterns or are concerned that something just isn’t right, please call us.
You’ll be the first to notice if your cat’s breath begins to smell foul. Bad breath indicates that dental problems have been developing for some time. Because periodontal disease affects your cat’s whole body (and may shorten his or her lifespan), it’s critical to keep up with regular brushing at home and professional dental cleanings once a year.
Hate the Crate?
A major factor that inhibits routine cat wellness is the fact that most cats detest riding in the travel carrier and car. Although it can be highly stressful to get your cat in the crate and listen to him or her howl the entire way to our office, it is important to make the trip.
Take a look at the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ guidelines for crate training and let us know how we may assist you.
Optimize Cat Wellness
At home, you have a special opportunity to bond with your cat, play with him or her, and ensure that all needs are met. This includes keeping the litter box clean each day, creating lots of perches and hiding spots to enjoy, and simply snuggling to increase the human-animal bond that’s already so meaningful.
Please let us know how we can support your goal of achieving cat wellness and long-term health. We’re always here for you and your cat!