Cats 101: Basic Health & Care Tips to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Cats 101: Basic Health & Care Tips to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Cats 101: Basic Health & Care Tips to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Groom your cat regularly

You might be thinking, “but don't cats groom themselves?” While cats are known for their cleanliness, some extra help from you can take their health and hygiene to the next level! Short-haired, medium-haired and long-haired cats can all benefit from regular brushing.

Provide fresh water 24/7

Just as it is for us, drinking enough water is essential for our cats' health. Proper hydration can keep your cat comfortable and happy by helping to prevent common cat health issues like urinary tract infections and kidney disease.

Make sure your cat always has a place to potty

Should you have more than one litter box? Maybe! A general rule of thumb is to provide one for each cat in your home, plus one more.

Keep the litter box clean

No one likes a dirty restroom. Many cats will find another place to go (like the carpet... or your pillow) if their litter box hasn't been cleaned in a while.

Train your cat to use a scratching post

Scratching is a natural, healthy and important behavior for cats. Unfortunately, in our homes this healthy behavior can come at a cost to our décor. Regular scratching on an appropriate surface such as carpet, sisal, or cardboard helps remove the old layers from your cat's claws.

Use a cat carrier in the car

Does your cat need to visit the vet? Or are you bringing her along on vacation? Always transport your cat in an appropriate carrier designed for pets.

Maintain a healthy diet and weight

Just like humans, dogs, and many other animals, cats can experience health issues if they become overweight. And just like us, the keys to a healthy weight are diet and exercise.

Consider spaying or neutering your cat

Reproductive diseases can be serious, and affect both male and female cats. Spaying prevents uterine infections and ovarian cancers, and reduces the risk of mammary tumors in female cats, while neutering prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems in males.

Choose a cat-friendly vet

Did you know there are some doctors who exclusively see feline patients? It seems to go without saying that cats are not smaller versions of dogs.

Schedule regular veterinary visits

Even if your cat seems healthy, you should visit the vet at least once a year. Annual visits give the vet a chance to catch any potential health issues in their early stages, administer vaccines, and clean your cat's teeth.

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