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Keeping Your Cat Healthy

February 1, 2022
Did you know that February is National Cat Health Month? Fluffy is a pretty easy keeper, but she does need proper TLC to stay happy and healthy. What does it take to keep that smug, self-satisfied look on your pet’s face? A Washington DC vet offers some advice on keeping Fluffy healthy in this article.

Good Food …

Do you remember that old saying that you are what you eat? This applies to kitties, too! Give Fluffy a high-quality food, one that is right for her age and lifestyle.

… But Not Too Much

Obesity is a very common problem in our feline pals. Fluffy may be cute if she’s a little chubby, but she’ll be much healthier if she stays at—or at least near—her ideal weight. If your furball becomes a butterball, she’ll be at elevated risk of developing some very serious health issues.

Keep Kitty In

We can’t overstate how important this one is. Cats just face too many threats outside! As soon as your kitty sets those cute little paws outdoors, she is at risk from weather, cars, wild animals, and chemicals. She’s also at greater risk of being lost, injured, stolen, or even killed.

Veterinary Care

Fluffy usually isn’t exactly thrilled about her appointments, but she will both look and feel better with proper care. Vaccines and parasite control will protect your cute pet from dangerous (and sometimes deadly) parasites and diseases, while exams allow you to closely monitor her overall health.

Clean Litterboxes

Cleaning Fluffy’s litterbox is probably the biggest—if not only—downside to having a cat. However, it’s important to keep up with it. Dirty litterboxes are havens for dangerous germs and bacteria. This is one of those tasks that is easiest if you keep on top of it. However, you may want to try automated litterboxes. Ask your vet for more information.

Petproofing

Cats definitely have a knack for getting into trouble. Kittens, in particular, are basically tiny, fluffy whirlwinds of mischief. Taking some measures to make your home safe for Fluffy can go a long way towards preventing mishaps.

Spay/Neuter

If your kitty hasn’t been fixed yet, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. This is crucial towards helping prevent unwanted litters. Plus, Fluffy will be healthier, calmer, and better behaved. Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Washington DC animal clinic!
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