Cat health is one of the most important subjects for responsible
and loving cat owners to be aware of.
Paying attention to your cat’s health is extremely important
especially when they are a kitten. If you follow some simple guidelines they can grow up to be healthy cats
and have a long and happy life.
This article is a basic guide to understanding how to keep your
cat or kitten safe and healthy. It involves prevention, understanding, and sometimes treatment of a possible
Cat health care is also affected by lack of exercise and poor
diet. Like humans without proper nutrition and exercise a cat becomes extremely unhealthy and more prone to
Feeding your cat the right food.
Cats are meat eaters, designed to thrive on a wide variety of
small prey animals, eaten fresh and whole. Their natural diet is high in water and protein, with a moderate
amount of fat, and a very low percentage of carbohydrate. Read
Most cat health problems are related to
It’s very important for your cat’s health that it is being fed
the right foods, for example kittens require different food to adult cats and elderly cats are going to
require a different diet as well, you can get more info here about cat diet.
Bad breath is another sign of bad health so your cat should have
strong white teeth without odour. Chicken necks and wings as well as a very small quantity of quality dry cat
food will give them strong gums, good healthy teeth, and that will give them clean breath.
Intestinal Worming for
It is common for kittens to have worms passed on
from their mother, so worming in kittens should be done regularly. Kittens should be wormed from 2 weeks of age,
every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly until they are 6 months old.
After this age, your cat should be wormed every 3 months for the rest of its life.
Flea control is also important for controlling tapeworm.
Heartworm in Cats
Heartworm is a worm that lives in the cat’s heart
and blood vessels.
Heartworm is spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal, and then bites your cat, passing on the
Preventative medications are available in a variety of forms such as monthly chewable
tablets for cats the more convenient liquid ampoules squeezed onto the back of the neck.
Before heartworm preventative medication is given, it is advisable to have your
veterinarian perform a test to ensure that your pet doesn’t already have
Fleas and Flea Treatment for Cats and
Fleas are often brought home with the new kitten and can continue to multiply if not
Symptoms of flea allergy include hair loss, redness, and
sometimes sores known as hot spots. Fleas carry many diseases and can transmit these to your
Fleas carry the tapeworm cyst inside them and your cat
inevitably swallows fleas during routine, when this happens it is
then that the tapeworm hatches and grows in your cat’s stomach.
There are many products available to control
fleas, the most convenient are the monthly ampoules squirted on the back of your cat’s neck, where your cat reach
to lick it off during grooming.
Vaccinations are the Best Prevention Against
Serious Disease for Your Cat.
Vaccinations are the best way to prevent your cat from getting
many serious diseases which can make him/her sick and even threaten your it’s life. Check with your vet to
find out which vaccinations your kitten or cat will need and how often they need them and then make sure you
mark it on your calender so you don’t forget. It could
be the difference between life and death for your cat.
The Benefits Desexing Male & Female
Male and female cats benefit
from being desexed because:
They live longer, healthier lives.
They are more affectionate better companions.
They are less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviour.
It eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their endless efforts to get outside
and find a mate and hence the overpopulation of cats.
It means male cats are less likely to spray and mark their
territory. They are less inclined to
wander, run away or get into fights, thereby reducing injuries such as: Abcesses. Accidental injury or death from cars, dogs etc.
Desexing reduces or eliminates
the incidence of some health problems that can be difficult to treat such as: Uterine, ovarian and breast cancer in females or Prostate
cancer/disorders and testicular cancer in males (less common).
Desexing your male or female
cat can be done as young
as eight weeks old. The operation can only be carried out by a vet and is a straightforward
procedure causing minimal discomfort to the
Last but not least keep your cat
Deciding to keep your cats indoors can be a difficult choice, but it is one of the best
choices you can make for your cat’s health. C
ats, like children, depend on us to recognise danger and protect them from harm.
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visit. The articles are provided for informative purposes only.
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any problems (health or behavioral) in your pets. While great care has been made in the
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