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Cat Health Month

February is a very important month for our feline pals: it’s Cat Health Month! Of course, keeping kitties healthy is always important. A Pleasanton, CA vet discusses Fluffy’s health in this article.

Basics

Cats aren’t hard to care for, which is no doubt one of the reasons they are America’s most popular pet. Providing your furry pal with good food, fresh water, a clean litterbox, proper veterinary care, and comfy beds will cover her most basic needs. Fluffy’s mental health is also very important. Offer your kitty lots of toys, pay attention to her, and give her some cat furniture to look adorable on.

Signs of Illness

Kitties are notoriously secretive about letting on they don’t feel well. Fluffy may try to hide signs of illness, so you may not notice anything is wrong until she’s very sick. Some red flags to watch for are hiding, poor grooming, lack of appetite, weight gain or loss, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, respiratory problems, and litterbox issues. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Is Your Pet Healthy?

If you ask Fluffy how she feels, she’ll likely just yawn and curl up for a nap. There are easier ways to monitor her health. Weighing her regularly is one good option: a sudden gain or loss of even just a few pounds is quite significant for a cat. Filling your pet’s food and water bowls at the same time every day will help you track her food and water intake. It’s also important just to pay attention to your kitty. If your feline buddy is healthy, her fur will look soft and clean, her eyes will be bright and clear, and she’ll be inquisitive, curious, and playful … at least when she’s actually awake.

Preventative Care

When it comes to pet health, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. We recommend that all kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Regular exams are also important. Early detection and treatment can make a huge difference when treating illnesses in cats. Keeping up with Fluffy’s vaccinations is crucial as well. This will protect her from dangerous diseases, like rabies. You’ll also need to keep up with your pet’s parasite control and dental care.

Please call us, your Pleasanton, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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