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3 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Cats are very popular pets, and with good reason. Fluffy is not only absolutely adorable, she’s also clean, cuddly, and, well, pretty hilarious. Another great thing about cats is that they are very easy to care for. Fluffy’s independence does have a downside, however. Your furball may think she’s invincible, but at the end of the day, kitties are quite small and fragile, and can easily get into trouble. Here, a Greensboro, NC vet discusses how to keep your pet healthy and purring.

Keep Kitty In

One of the best things you can do for your kitty is to keep her indoors. Cats that are allowed to go outside face many different hazards, such as weather, dangerous animals, and cars. They are also much more likely to get lost, injured, or even killed. If Fluffy has been able to roam freely in the past, give her a taste of the outdoors by setting out some nontoxic plants for her to nibble on. (Tip: check the ASPCA site for a full list of cat-safe plants.) We also recommend making sure your playful furball has plenty of pet furniture to climb on, and lots of fun toys to bat under the couch.

Provide Proper Veterinary Care

If we could poll our feline patients, we’re pretty sure that about 99.9 percent of them would rather take a nice, long nap than come to visit us. (We don’t take this personally: we know that visiting the vet can be a bit overwhelming to a little furball.) However, making sure your kitty gets regular veterinary care is very important. Fluffy should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on her exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. It’s also important to watch for any signs of sickness, such as hiding, poor grooming, or a lack of appetite. Ask your vet for more information.

Catproofing

Kitties certainly have a knack for getting themselves into trouble. In fact, there’s no end to the mischief Fluffy can get into! Keep your frisky feline safe by doing some basic petproofing. Remove, protect, or secure toxic plants; wires and cords; plastic bags, ties, and wrappers; household chemicals; medicines; automotive products (especially antifreeze); and anything small, sharp, or dangly.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Greensboro, NC animal clinic, anytime! We are happy to help.

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