Preventative Care That Will Ensure a Happy, Healthy Cat

Do you know how to manage your cat’s health and keep them healthy? Cats are notoriously stoic, so when they’re sick, you might not even realize there’s a problem right away.

Regular preventative care and semiannual wellness exams will ensure that you stay on top of any issues before they become serious. Plus, your cat is more likely to live a long and fulfilling life when you visit your vet regularly.

Here’s an overview of feline preventative care, including ways to keep your cat healthy. If you have questions, make sure to ask your vet.

Vaccinations

Your cat needs vaccinations in order to ward off preventable diseases. Most of these vaccines are administered in the first year of their lives, with periodic boosters afterward. It’s important to visit your vet when your kitten is still young and complete the vaccination cycle on the recommended timetable. It’s the first step to a long, healthy life.

Wellness exams

Your cat should visit the vet for semiannual wellness exams. At these visits, your vet will look for serious issues, like feline cancer, but they’ll also check their ears and eyes, behavior, body weight, bloodwork and dental health to get an overall picture of your cat’s health. If changes need to be made, your vet will offer helpful recommendations.

Hygiene and bathing

Yes, cats groom themselves regularly, but their hygiene and grooming routine shouldn’t end there. You should regularly trim your cat’s claws and brush their fur to avoid matting, knots and the dreaded hairballs.

If your cat is not having any of that malarkey, make sure to talk to your vet. They can help you find solutions that will help you manage their hygiene—without scratching, yowling, biting and other unpleasant behaviors.

Dental care

Your cat needs regular dental checkups, too. Most cats develop some sort of oral hygiene issue, like gingivitis, gum disease and more, by the time they’re four years old. Your vet will look for dental health issues during their regular wellness exams, but you’ll probably need to schedule dental cleanings once per year. If your cat is tolerant, you can even brush their teeth at home. Ask your vet how to do so—cats need special toothpaste and a different approach than other pets.

Nutrition

Chubby cats might be cute, but they’re not healthy. Part of your wellness exams will involve a nutrition evaluation. If your cat is over or underweight, your vet will help you find solutions to adjust their nutrition. They’ll also advise you about changing nutritional needs over the course of their life.

Flea and tick prevention

Finally, flea and tick prevention is an important part of preventative care. There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies for this purpose, or your vet can make recommendations based on your cat’s condition.

Owning a cat (or being owned by a cat) comes with important responsibilities. Luckily, managing your cat’s health is easy when you have the help of a great vet. Call the vets at Sunnyside Pet Hospital to schedule your pet’s next preventative care appointment.