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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

National Cat Health Month is coming up in February! Cats are very independent, so it can be easy to forget that they are actually quite fragile, and are susceptible to illness or injury. Read on as a local Happy Valley, OR vet discusses how to keep your kitty healthy.

Provide Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial to your cat’s health. Your pet should be microchipped, spayed and neutered, and up to date on her vaccines and parasite control. As your pet ages, her needs will change a bit, so be sure to consult your vet regularly about her care regimen.

Offer Good Food

As the old saying says, you are what you eat. This is true for both people and pets. Offer your cat nourishing, high-quality food. If your kitty likes snacks, by all means treat her now and then. Just be sure to only give her safe, suitable treats, like plain, cooked, boneless chicken or fish.

Kittyproofing

Even the laziest cat can’t spend all of her time sleeping. When she’s awake, your kitty will be looking for ways to amuse herself. Chances are, your frisky feline will be very interested in figuring out what she can eat or play with. Keep dangerous items away from your playful pet. Toxic plants; plastic bags and ties; medicine; chemicals; and small or sharp objects are a few things to remove or secure.

Keeping Kitty Safe

Many of our feline friends love going outdoors. Fluffy may want to make sure there are no mice lurking in your flowerbeds. Your thoughtful pet may also want to gift you with ‘kitty art’ by leaving paw prints on your car. However, cats that go outdoors face many dangers, such as cars, weather, and predators. We strongly recommend that kitties stay safe and sound indoors.

Watch For Signs of Sickness

Kitties aren’t always very up-front about letting us know when they aren’t feeling well. In fact, they often try to hide signs of sickness. Keep a close eye on your pet. Some red flags to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, litterbox issues, vomiting, diarrhea, and unusual vocalizations or behavior. Contact your vet right away if your cat has any of these symptoms, or if you notice anything amiss.

Please contact us, your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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