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 life-threatening disease.
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 disease.
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.
Most cat health problems are related to diet.
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 Kittens
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 heartworm.
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 heartworm.
Fleas and Flea Treatment for Cats and Kittens
Fleas are often brought home with the new kitten and can continue to multiply if not controlled.
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 cats.
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.
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The Benefits Desexing Male & Female Cats
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: Abscesses. Accidental injury or death from cars, dogs etc. Feline AIDS.
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 animal.
Last but not least keep your cat indoors.
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. Cats, like children, depend on us to recognise danger and protect them from harm.