10 Steps To Help Your Cat Live Healthy And Longer

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People all over the world love having a cat as their pet. But most of them ignore the needs, the precautions and the right methods to keep them healthy.

Before providing you with the steps, I would like to give you a brief information about cats. Cats has a strong flexible body with quick reflexes, sharp claws and teeth adapted to kill small prey. They can see in dark, has a poor color vision but has a strong smell sense. There are 70 cat breeds.

Emergency veterinary medicine team leader at BluePearl veterinary Partners, Dr. Sonja Olson strongly advise all cat owners to keep a close eye on their pets and follow these steps to save their lives.

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1. Periodical visits to the vet

As we care for our babies and children, we should care for our cats. there must be a periodical visit to the vet. These visits will help you detect any earlier diseases or life-threatening health condition.

Periodical visit will help in providing up to date vaccines and parasites prevention. Dr. Olson also recommends you choose a vet the you and your pet love and have a good relationship with because it makes it easier for the doctor and the staff to help your cat.

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2. Your cat should be indoors

One of the ways to protect your cat is to keep her in the house. This will prevent her from getting infected with pests and diseases.

You should make sure that you house has a safe space for her. Mind the ornamental plants like lilies because most of them are toxic. Get a list from ASPCA’s toxic and non-toxic plants list.

In warm months, take care of your pet and keep windows close and screens shut.

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3. Mind your cat eating habits

To help your cat live longer, healthier and happier, provide her appropriate diet. Feed her dry and wet food plus meat in their diet. Cats are carnivores by nature.

If you own more than a cat, feed them separately and watch each one’s consumption. If a cat doesn’t eat that is a sign of medical condition. Monitor portions of food and don’t allow the free feed because it leads to overweight problems.

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4. Watch your cat’s weight

Checking the weight of your cat each month is important. Because if she puts on some extra weight will risk her health and lead to liver problems, arthritis and diabetes.

Give her the food that is recommended by your vet and let her play and exercise daily.

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5. Mental stimulating activities

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Beside the healthy diet, cats need to perform typical cat behavior like hunting and pouncing. So, play with her with laser, give her something tangible to kill or eat at the end of the playing act.
Give her space to scratch and climb to let her stress out and provide her natural view like letting her set beside the window or make something like cat catio.

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6. Keep your cat clean and dandy

Keeping your cat clean, brushing her fur and attending to her not only is healthy for her, but also makes you more familiar with her body.
It will allow you to notice if there is any bumps or lumps or sore pots which may reflect medical condition.

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7. The litter box should be cleaned daily

Regular change and clean of the litter box let your house smell fresh and nice. It will also let you know if there are any changes in urine habits. Once noticing something creepy like blood in her stools or diarrhea call you vet.

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8. Cat’s water needs

Water is important for cats, and clean water should be provided to them at all time.
The secret here on how you provide them water and actually make them drink. They simply don’t like their whiskers to touch the side of the bowl.
So, using wide flat food and water dishes will prevent a stressful condition for cats called whisker fatigue

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9. Dental care is a must!

Don’t ignore or skip dental issues. It might be a medical problem if left, it will affect kidney and heart.
Your cat might need -rays, cleanings and extractions to keep her mouth clean and body too.

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10. Notice any showing symptoms

As the old saying does, “prevention is better than cure.” If you noticed any symptoms on your cat, you must see a vet.
Don’t say it will go away on its own. Any vomiting, sneezing, breathing issues could be a serious problem that will lead to the cat’s death.

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