Our pet cats are often as close to us as members of our family.
In fact, they virtually are members of our family! That’s why
cat owners should know as much as they can about cat health.
Here are the major things to know about caring for your pet cat
in a loving way:

GROOMING: Long-haired cats should be groomed regularly for
optimum cat health. Use a pet brush and groom no less frequently
than once a week.

DIET: Cat health is strongly affected by what your cat eats.
Obesity is a major factor in heart disease particularly as your
cat gets older. Choose a pet food for your cat that is right for
it’s age but feed it regularly. Consistency is the key to a
well-fed cat.

OLDER CATS: Some diseases occur simply because your cat is
getting older. These can be labeled elderly cat health problems.
As cats age their kidneys and eyesight fail and they may need
special diets.

LITTER: The litter box can be dangerous to both cat health and
human health if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Change your pet’s
litter no less than once every four days and keep a small dish
of baking soda near the litter area.

SCRATCHING: Scratching is a major cat health concern because if
a cat scratches regularly it is often a sign of other problems.
If your cat is scratching a particular area often try a
delousing product and then take your pet to the vet.

DECLAWING: Declawing your cat can be a major factor in Cat
health. If you choose to declaw your pet it is important to
remember to keep them inside at all times.

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: Many cat health problems relate to difficult
or uncommon behavior. Listlessness can be a symptom of
depression. Strange aggression is sometimes caused by hormone
imbalances.

STRESS: Your cat can easily get stressed out. Stressful
situations like moving, travelling, natural disasters or even
changes in the family can affect cat health. To minimize the
effects of stress on your pet, buy a tranquilizer for distance
travelling and have a place in your home where your cat can
escape if there are busy changes in the house.

POISON: Make sure dangerous poisons like antifreeze cannot be
reached by your pet. Some plants are fatal to cats so make sure
to raise your plants and lock your toxins.

PARASITES: Parasites such as ringworms, heart worms and rabies
can greatly affect cat health. Blood in a cat’s stool or
uncommon appetite are common signs of parasites.

MOUTH: Cats often have mouth diseases and this can influence cat
health. Cats are just as prone to gingivitis as humans. For
problems like rodents ulcer or bad breath, brush your cat’s
teeth with a small child’s toothbrush.

INDOORS/OUTDOORS: One of the greatest factors in determining cat
health is whether your pet goes outdoors. Cars, children, other
animals and toxins are all dangerous and should be avoided by
keeping your cat indoors.

Taking care of your cat is critical to your cats health.
Hopefully this article has provided you with information that
will make your pet’s life much safer, healthier, happier and
longer

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Comments

  1. Barbara

    You hardly scratch the surface of the declawing issue, there is far more to be concerned about than just keeping the cat indoors. There is a general anaesthetic, the separate amputation of the final joint of each of the ten toes (or 18 if back feet declawed as well) the post op pain and risk of haemmorrhage or infection, the long term physical effects of not having complete paws with claws for all the things that cats need to do with those claws, marking, grooming, stretching, playing etc, plus the altered way of walking that can cause joint pain in later life. There is also the risk of psychological after effects too with litterbox avoidance due to pain in stumps( which leads to many declawed cats being surrendered), aggression, withdrawal and depression, so maybe under your behavioural problems and stress headings you should also include the fact that they can be due to the cat being declawed. More space should be devoted to explaining just what declawing entails rather than glossing over the subject, and I hardly think declawing qualifies as keeping a cat healthy!

  2. Ruth

    Good article apart from the fact that declawing doesn’t contribute to the good health of a cat, in fact, just the opposite !Cats whether indoor or outdoor, need their claws for walking, grooming, and exercising.It’s a total fallacy that indoor cats don’t need claws.Declawing is the most painful procedure a cat can endure.Apart from mutilating the cat by the amputating of the last joint of the cats toes,it can lead to mental and physical behavioural problems such as biting or soiling outside of the litter tray.Declawed cats are more prone to stress illnesses such as cystitis and many develop arthritis in later life because of declawing. It is banned in 38 countries as animal abuse.
    Retired vet nurse and done much research into declawing.

  3. Jo Singer

    I blog for the website above so I used it as my url.

    What you began in the section on declawing: “DECLAWING: Declawing your cat can be a major factor in Cat health. ” is very true. Declawing can very adversely affect a cat and cause many physical and emotional problems that are difficult with which to deal. I wish you had continued in a similar vein. While the AVMA is weak in its statement on declawing at least they say that it should be a last resort method of behavior control.

    I feel that the next statement does not sufficiently educate the reader as to the problems that very often result from declawing.

    “If you choose to declaw your pet it is important toremember to keep them inside at all times. ”

    How about adding that declawing can cause litter box avoidance, arthritis, deformed paws, and how the surgery is done, so that readers have much more information to make informed decisions. Many vets don’t bother to share the technique of amputating the last digit of each toe.

    Wish this article was far more informative and educational.

    Jo Singer

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