Cats make for perfect companions. Their perfect balance of playfulness, independence, loving attention and cleverness will melt your heart in no time. If you’re thinking about adding a cat to your family or are a new cat owner, learning the basics of how to care for your cat and what health signs to look for will help you create a healthy life for your pet. Keep reading for cat care tips and tricks!
Handling your pet with care and affection is an essential part of keeping your pet happy and healthy. But beyond that, there are some basic elements to consider when taking care of your cat:
LitterBox: All indoor cats need litter boxes. Placing the box in an accessible location and keeping it clean is necessary for your cat to use its litter box.
Scratching: Cats need a place to scratch! We recommend purchasing a scratching post, so your cat doesn’t take out your couches or rugs. Cutting your cat’s nails every few weeks can also help keep their scratching under control.
Housing: Your cat should have a bed in a safe, warm and dry place. You can line your pet’s bed with a soft blanket or towel to make it more inviting.
Feeding: Buying your cat a high-quality brand of cat food will ensure they have a healthy, balanced diet. Treats should only be five to 10 percent of your pet’s diet — everything in moderation!
Nothing is sadder than a sick cat! While felines are particularly good at self-care, they are at risk for the following health challenges:
Vomiting: Causes of vomiting include urinary tract diseases, diabetes, hairballs and simply eating something poisoning or inedible — like string, small objects or lint.
Fleas: If your cat is constantly scratching or licking itself, it may have fleas, which is a widespread feline health issue. Flea control includes oral prevention, topical medications and powder treatments.
Diarrhea: There are many causes of diarrhea in cats, including intestinal parasites, liver disease, cancer and spoiled foods. If you notice this, give your cat extra drinking water and keep a close eye on them for 24 hours.
Tapeworms:Tapeworms are the most common internal health issue felines face. If you notice your cat losing weight or see small white worms that appear to look like grains of rice, you will need to treat your cat for tapeworms.
When To Call A Veterinarian
Some cat illness can quickly take a turn for the worst. As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. Call your vet to schedule an appointment for your cat to be checked out just in case.
Brought my baby ferret here, Dr. Sam was awesome about letting me ask all of my questions and giving me direct answers (really bothers me when we see a vet for our cats and can’t get clear answers).
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Most caring and helpful Vet ever. The staff are amazing and are so wonderful with all pets. They take amazing care of my two fur babies. I wouldn’t trust my two pups with anyone else. You can really tell how much the love animals.
By far the best vet I have ever been to! We just moved to the area and by some horrible chance had two pet emergencies in our first month with my pets, Moose and Thor. Not only did they get us in same day..
Incredibly grateful to the staff of University Animal Clinic. We have been a customer for over 20 years. They were able to take care of our dog Duke today for an unscheduled appointment for UTI. Couldn’t imagine going to anybody else.
Very welcoming right from the moment I made the first appointment. Due to the COVID virus, I could not go in with my cat to see the vet but she called me and we had a great conversation. They took some blood and a few days later the vet called me with the results.
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This was Tanks first visit and will be his only vet from now on!!! They were helpful, informative and friendly!! Thanks to everyone who works there!!! Tank had a great experience!
Yesterday was our first visit to this clinic. I brought my 6 year old Goffin Cockatoo Chance in for a wellness check and nail trim and also to discuss her ongoing feather plucking issues. Dr. Leigh Samanowitz was Amazing as were all the staff.
We’ve always had a great experience at University Animal Clinic. The doctors and team are all very knowledgeable and friendly. They get back to you in a timely manner and work with you when it comes to scheduling appointments.