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.
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