Cat health is important.
Many people consider cats to be fairly independent animals, and while they may not need taken on walks every day like dogs, you do need to evaluate your cat’s health on a regular basis (and give him/her tons of love and attention!) Read on to learn about the most common cat health concerns and discover what it takes to keep your kitty safe, happy and healthy.
1. What is the function of the most common cat vaccines, such as the FVRCP and rabies vaccines?
Vaccines create an immune response in pets’ bodies, protecting them against potentially fatal infectious diseases. For example, rabies spreads very quickly so to prevent and combat it, cats receive the rabies vaccine. Another common vaccine is the FVRCP vaccine which protects cats against feline rhinotracheitis virus, calicivirus and panleukopenia. If you’re unsure if your cat is up-to-date on its shots, contact your vet right away.
2. Why is it important to make sure your cat is regularly vaccinated?
Vaccines prevent serious and debilitating diseases. Even indoor cats are susceptible to infectious diseases! Vaccinations protect pet owners as well, since some diseases such as rabies can be transmitted to humans.
3. What are some common cat health issues that people might want to watch for at home?
First and foremost, be sure to look at the litter box while scooping. Any changes in the consistency or amount of your cat’s fecal matter could indicate a digestive or urinary tract issue. It’s important to get to know your cat and what is normal for them. Also make sure to watch out for any changes in behavior, such as an active cat acting abnormally quiet.
4. How does cat health change as your cat ages?
Kittens and senior cats are more susceptible to illness. Infections in kittens can become serious very quickly so it’s advised to visit your vet as soon as possible if you notice your kitten is becoming ill. As cats get older, dental care is very important and often overlooked by pet owners. For senior cats, keep an eye out for signs of joint disease, kidney disease, vision issues, unusual lumps or bumps and any abnormal weight gain or loss. Again, if you sense something could be wrong, take your cat to the vet right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
5. Which common plants are dangerous to cats?
It’s easy to forget that plants can be dangerous (or even deadly) to our feline friends. Below is a list of plants that you should never bring into your home or let your kitties around:
Our food isn’t always safe for kitties, either. Some produce not to feed to your cat include onions, garlic and grapes. Before bringing any kind of plant into your home, a quick Google search will let you know if it is safe for your pet.
6. How can I tell whether my cat just has a cold or if it’s something more serious?
A sneezing cat may be sick, have allergies or simply have something in its nose. A respiratory infection is typically accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, or discharge from the eyes. When in doubt, take your kitty to the vet.
7. How do I know if my cat needs a special diet?
Special diets exist for kittens, senior cats and specific breeds. If your cat gets sick after eating, he or she may need a special diet. If you believe your cat needs a special diet, consult your veterinarian first. A multitude of specialty diets are available on the market today ranging from grain free to prescription based. And remember, if you need to switch your cat’s diet, make sure you change them over to their new food gradually.