Healthy Cat Month
While cats are a bit more independent than dogs, they are still loyal and loving pets. Whether you’re relaxing on the couch watching TV or cooking outside on the grill, your cat will be around to provide great company. With September being Healthy Cat Month, now is the perfect time to give your feline friend some extra attention. Here are some tips for keeping your cat happy and healthy.
Give Your Cat a New Toy
Like people, cats hate being bored. To help keep your buddy entertained throughout the day, find them a new toy. If your cat tends to spend a lot of time inside, consider getting a cat tree. This toy gives cats the feeling of being in their natural environment. However, be especially careful about giving kittens toys such as furry mice. Some have plastic eyes and noses, which can be easily swallowed.
Don’t overlook the value of providing a clean environment for your pet. Cats that live in a healthy home are far less likely to get sick. Take the time to rinse out your cat’s food and water bowls on a daily basis. This simple step will help deter the growth of bacteria and black mold. Charles D. Whitworth, DVM also stresses the importance of keeping your cat’s litter box clean.
Allowing your pet to just sit around is a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t take long for an inactive cat to pack on the extra pounds. Research shows that overweight cats are more likely to experience ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Playing with your cat will certainly help burn some calories.
Giving your pet high-quality foods will help it to thrive. Although some owners are tempted to give their cat a vegetarian diet, this is usually not a good idea. Certain vitamins and nutrients are only found in meats. Whitworth Animal Clinic will help you to find the healthiest meal plan for your cat.
Regular Veterinary Visits
Although your cat may not look forward to visiting the vet, it’s a critical aspect of good health. By examining your cat, Charles D. Whitworth, DVM will be able to rule out any underlying health issues. As you know, early detection of diseases can save a pet’s life.
With Healthy Cat Month just around the corner, now is the perfect time to schedule a visit with Whitworth Animal Clinic. While our veterinary practice is located in Madison, we proudly serve all the surrounding areas of northern Alabama. From vaccinations to emergency care, we provide a wide range of pet services.
Please note: this article is not meant to take the place of professional veterinarian advice. If you have questions, call the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic or a vet in your area.
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