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National Cat Health Month

February is National Cat Health Month! While we think that keeping our feline friends happy, healthy, and purring is important all the time, this is a great time to talk about keeping Fluffy in good health. Here, an Isle of Palms, SC vet offers some advice on keeping cats healthy.

Good Food

Good nutrition is just as important for kitties as it is for people. Make sure your cat is getting high-quality, nourishing food. Snacks are fine, but be sure to offer your pet only healthy, suitable treats.

Veterinary Care

Most cats should see the vet at least once a year, although some kitties may need to come in more often than that. Fluffy should also be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Kittyproofing

Cats start out as adorable, furry little bundles of mischief. While Fluffy will eventually become more interested in napping than in playing, while your pet is in her frisky stage, you’ll want to do some basic catproofing to keep her safe. Remove or secure toxic plants; chemicals; medications; plastic wrappers, bags, and ties; small items; sharp objects; and anything else that could potentially be dangerous.

Safety

One of the best things you can do for Fluffy is to keep her safe and sound indoors. If you let your feline buddy roam freely, she could get lost, hurt, or even killed! Cars, predators, chemicals, and other kitties are just a few of the dangers cats face outdoors.

Litterbox

Keeping your furry pal’s litterbox clean will not only help your kitty stay healthy and happy, it will also keep your home smelling fresh!

Symptoms of Illness

Cats can be quite secretive when they aren’t feeling well. Your feline buddy may not let on that she is sick until she’s very ill! Therefore, it’s important to watch for potential signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding; poor grooming; litterbox issues; lack of appetite; increased or decreased thirst; crankiness; and vomiting or diarrhea. Contact your vet immediately if your pet has any of these symptoms.

Preventative Care

Even if Fluffy lives indoors, it’s important to keep up with her parasite control regimen, and to stay up to date with recommended vaccines. Ask your vet for more information.

Is your cat due for veterinary care? Contact us! As your Isle of Palms, SC veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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