7 Things That Will Keep Your Cat Healthy

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month! Of course, kitties are happiest when they are healthy. Our feline pals aren’t hard to care for, but they aren’t as independent as they’d like us to think. Here, a Lafayette, LA vet discusses keeping your pet healthy.

Good Food

Make sure your kitty is getting quality food. Choosing the right brand can be tricky. Get into the habit of reading labels. You’ll want to pick something that lists meat as the first and most numerous ingredient. Ask your vet for more information.

Regular Veterinary Care

Most of our feline patients would rather take a nap than visit us. We don’t take this personally: we know that kitties are always happier staying home than going, well, anywhere, really. That said, keeping up with Fluffy’s veterinary care needs is crucial. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.

Safety

Your cat will definitely be healthier staying inside. Outdoor cats are much more likely to get lost, hurt, or even killed. To give Fluffy a taste of the outdoors, set out some pet-safe plants for her to nibble on. Check the ASPCA site here for a list of options.

Exercise

Cats can get a bit lazy as they grow older. Of course, you probably won’t have much luck getting your kitty to run laps around the living room. You’ll need to trick Fluffy into staying active as she ages. Offer her lots of toys, and play with her regularly.

Kitty Comforts

Little things can help your pet feel more comfortable and happy. Make sure your furball has lots of beds and napping spots. Kitties also enjoy watching birds and squirrels, so give Fluffy a comfy window seat with a good view.

Clean Bathroom

Be sure to keep your furball’s litterbox clean. Dirty litterboxes are not only smelly and unsightly, they also harbor dangerous bacteria.

Catproofing

Kitties have a rather remarkable ability to get themselves into trouble. Make your home safe for your frisky pet by removing anything that could be dangerous. This includes wires and cords; toxic plants; household and automotive chemicals; medication; plastic bags; and anything small or sharp. It’s also a good idea to keep large appliances, like dryers, closed when not in use.

Please contact us, your Lafayette, LA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about Fluffy’s health or care. We’re dedicated to keeping cats purring!

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