The best thing you can do to keep your cat healthy for the majority of time, is to make sure they have good food, plenty of water, and some good shelter. However, just like all living things, cats do get sick from time to time no matter what you do.
As the old phrase goes “With great power comes great responsibility” and as a cat owner you take on that responsibility. You will want to ensure that you provide your cat only the best. Premium cat food is designed to keep your pet happy and healthy, so it is ideal for your cat. There are special blends for indoor cats, older cats, and kittens, so read the labels and see what is best for your cat’s needs. You’ll also want to pay attention to your cat’s behavior, there may be some indications letting you know when they become sick and when to take them to the vet. In most cases the sicknesses are minor and love, care, and attention mixed with time will be all that your cat needs. That being said, there are some cases where a vet can be the determining factor between life and death for your cat, so you will want to monitor your cat to see if they are improving or not.
Keeping an eye on your cat’s behavior will be one of the most critical factors helping you determine whether or not they are under the weather. If they are acting sluggish, laying around all the time, have a lack of energy, or they’re not eating can all be signs that you need to take them to the vet. Take a look at their coat, if you notice their coat is dull and patchy or notice them shedding abnormally, you should contact your vet as soon as you possibly can.
Some things that are common and should lead to conclusions right away are diarrhea and vomiting. They are sometimes common with basic sickness, or could be related to the food they are eating, if you changed their food. If it is chronic or happening frequently though you might want to be concerned, if your cat seems to be doing either one of the two for more than a day, you should contact your veterinarian. Coughing is common as well, simply because coughing will cats dislodge hairballs. If your cat seems to be coughing for another reason, you should consider have them checked out.
It is a good idea to make sure that your cat’s vaccinations are up do date, to ensure that your cat isn’t vulnerable to various diseases. There are a few diseases out there that require vaccinations, including rabies and feline distemper. Feline distemper is one of most devastating diseases a cat can get, yet it is also one of the easiest to prevent as well. The disease strikes cats very fast, and leaves you as an owner very little time to seek treatment.
Feline leukemia is another disease that is very deadly, yet can be prevented early on with the proper vaccinations. Although the disease isn’t possible for humans to contract, it can be spread quickly among cats. There are vaccinations that can treat the disease these days, although you’ll still want to be careful and not expose other cats around a cat you know has feline leukemia.
Another problem, which is very common with cats that stay outdoors, is worms. Cats that have worms will normally have a lackluster coat and little to no appetite. There are several different types of worms, including ringworm and hookworm. Worms can come from fleas, lice, or even the organs of dead rodents that cats consume. Normally, the cat will digest the eggs which will later mature and attach themselves to the walls of the intestines. As a preventative measure, if you feed your cat garlic frequently during feedings, it can help to protect him against worms.
If you take care of your cat, chances are you’ll keep them healthy for years to come. You should always make sure they have quality food, and don’t miss any of their scheduled checkups. If they get the proper vaccinations when they are required to get them, they should be safe against numerous pests and diseases. Taking the proper steps with your cat now may prevent health problems from happening in the future.