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Keeping Kitty Healthy

Kitties make wonderful pets, and are beloved furry family members in nearly a third of America’s homes. As a responsible cat parent, you’ll want to keep your furball as healthy and happy as possible, and possibly even pamper her a bit. A Glendale veterinarian discusses some key points of keeping your feline buddy healthy below.

Keep Fluffy Indoors

Fluffy is much safer as an indoor-only cat. Kitties that are allowed outside are in danger from cars, predators, other kitties, toxic plants and chemicals, weather, and, unfortunately, some people. Indoor cats also tend to live longer than outside felines.

Quality Food

With so many brands declaring their superiority, choosing the right cat food can be challenging. Check the ingredients on the label, and look for a brand that lists meat as its primary ingredient. You may want to do some research about reading labels, as it can be very easy to fall for deceptive marketing practices. A label that reads ‘Chicken’, for instance, will have higher percentage of chicken in its content than one that says ‘Chicken Dinner’. To make it even more confusing, a food labeled as ‘Chicken Flavor’ is only required to have a detectable amount of chicken. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Stimulation

Your kitty may spend what seems like a ridiculous amount of time asleep, but when she’s awake, she’ll need some entertainment. Make sure your cat has access to at least one window with a good view, as birdwatching can keep Fluffy entertained for hours. Toys are also a must. Every furball is different: some like catnip mice, while others prefer wand toys or laser pointers. Trial and error will help you pinpoint Fluffy’s favorites.

Health Care

Make sure to follow your vet’s recommended schedule for vaccines, checkups, and, if needed, parasite control. It’s very important to keep track of Fluffy’s health from year to year, so that any issues can be identified and addressed early on. Also, make sure you know the warning signs of sickness in kitties. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so you will need to know what to look for. Changes in appetite or behavior; hiding; lack of grooming; litter box issues; and lethargy are a few signs of illness in cats.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health, care, or behavior? Call us! As your local Glendale veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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