How to Always Keep Your Feline Fighting Fit

There are many aspects to your cat’s general health, and it’s easy to let some part or other slip from your attention. It isn’t just your feline’s weight and the condition of its teeth – which are important, of course – but you also need to consider your cat’s age, whether it’s carrying around any parasites, what is happening to it when it goes outside where you can’t always keep an eye on it, its exercise pattern as well as its mental health. Even the most diligent pet owner can fall behind, and there’s so much to look out for that it might be something you haven’t thought of. Also, it’s important to bear in mind that if there is a problem, then it might be less serious than it appears because cats are extremely sensitive to even small changes and discomforts in their daily life. For example, it might be something as simple as your cat taking some time to get used to a new brand of food or even a new piece of furniture in the house. However, it’s best not to panic but always to be informed, so read on to find out how to always keep your feline fighting fit.

Is Your Cat Getting the Right Treatment for Its Age?

Cats of different ages need to be differentiated for. New kittens need to be vaccinated, they need a trip to the vets and possibly even an insurance plan. They also need to do some litterbox training, and they need lots of attention and love. Many people struggle to leave a kitten alone when its new, and that isn’t such a bad thing as the attention will really help them to develop. However, older cats have completely different needs. For example, it’s likely that they will have an age-related health condition, which demands firstly, that they receive regular trips to the vets, and secondly, that the owner researches these conditions and accommodate for them. It’s also essential to bear in mind that, contrary to what you might expect, older cats need just as much if not more exercise than younger cats if they are to stay healthy. They need to be fed less, and it’s vital that you watch out for signs of inactivity, which is a concern in older cats.

Are You Regularly Checking for Pests and Parasites?

Worms are the most varied of the potential parasites since there are so many types, and they can be the most severe. Some worms will be more common than others in some countries and regions, so it’s worth looking up what to watch out for in your area. Many people are complacent about worms because they haven’t seen any evidence of them in their pet’s stool, but for many species, you wouldn’t expect to see evidence there. Make sure they’re taking regular worming tablets and have regular visits with the vet.

Ticks are easy for your cat to catch in urban vegetation, and they sink their head deep into their victims – so never try to remove them with your fingers, as you should always use a tick hook for the job. Fleas are extremely common, and they can take over your home, so flea comb your pet regularly and take action as soon as you see any evidence of them – and if you’re lucky, you could remove them before your whole house becomes infected.

What Happens to Your Cat When It Goes Outside?

This can be a constant worry for cat owners because it’s almost impossible to tell what your cat’s been up to when it’s been outside. However, there are some things you can do to work out if you need to take action. For example, if your cat is going outside a lot and is eating less food, then they might be either being fed by some neighbors who’ve taken a shine to your pet, or else it might be that they’ve been having some luck hunting lately – though the latter case will normally result in your cat bringing back ‘presents’ for you. It’s also possible that another cat is picking on your cat whenever it goes outside, in which case, you should either start changing the times that your cat can go outside or it might be worth asking the cat’s owner if they can also monitor the times they let their cat outside.

How is Your Cat’s Diet, Weight and General Health?

Keep an eye on your cat’s teeth and gums for signs of decay or gum disease, particularly in older cats, and you should also be keeping its nails cut short. If your cat is having regular trips to the vet, then you’ll have an idea of its weight, but if not, then you should still be able to get an idea of whether it’s too fat or too thin based on how visible the animal’s ribs are from a sidelong angle. If your cat is losing weight, then it might be worth looking at its feeding routines. Has the brand of food recently changed? Does your cat prefer to eat less food more regularly? Make sure your cat’s eating routine is healthy, and it could be worth doing your research on catsphd.com to get the best diet plan in place for your feline, or to get more information on its behavior.

Do You Know What’s Going on inside Your Cat’s Head?

Cats are complicated and intelligent creatures, so it might not be surprising that they have mental health challenges just like humans do. Cats can become anxious or depressed, and they can even develop compulsive disorders – watch out for symptoms like pacing, licking out chunks of fur, repetitive vocalizations or sucking and chewing on fabrics. These are all signs that your cat is struggling with certain issues that are causing stress in its life. If this is the case, then you should do things that you know will reduce stress, and you should research further about your cat’s individual behavior. It might also be worth consulting your vet. Even if the symptoms are less dramatic and worrying, then you should still try to think about what issues might be causing your animal stress.

Thanks to Carol Trehearn

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