Keeping Kitty Healthy
Regular vet visits are vital
Regular vet visits are important to ensure the health and happiness of your pet. Cats are hard-wired to hide illnesses. The instincts that kept them safe in the wild are still at work today. A good veterinarian will find what your cat is trying to hide, and early detection and diagnosis often translates to more treatment options, lower costs and improved comfort and quality of life for your cat.
What to feed your kitty
Feeding your feline friend a good quality food will help him stay in good shape. A poor diet can cause problems such as diabetes, obesity, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and asthma. Read more at:
- Maine Coon Adoptions: What to Feed Kitty
- www.catinfo.org: Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition
Vaccinations are a very important part of your pet’s preventive health care. The companies below offer low-cost vaccinations in the Bay Area:
- VIP Vaccine Clinic 800.427.9738, www.vipvaccine.com
- Neighborhood Vaccine Services, 800.801.0710
- Pet-Prevent-a-Care, 800.3DOGCAT (800.336.4228)
Why play is important
A cat’s play instinct is strong because kittens in the wild learned important survival skills such as stalking, chasing and trapping prey through play. Along with satisfying your cat’s natural instincts, play is important to helping keep your pet healthy and happy because it provides exercise and helps your cat maintain a healthy weight. It can prevent behavior problems that arise from boredom, and it’s a great way to interact and bond with your cat.
- Cats International. Play Therapy
- Vet Street: Why Play is Important for Your Cat
- Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery: Food Puzzles for Cats, feeding for physical & emotional wellbeing
- Jackson Galaxy (My Cat from Hell TV show): How to Properly Play with your Cat
Why your kitty is much safer indoors
“The expected life span of an indoor-outdoor cat will depend on several factors, including the type of neighborhood you live in and sheer luck. But, on average, cats who are allowed to roam outdoors often don’t live to see age five. Cats that are always kept safely confined can live to be 18 to 20 years old.” (Washington Humane Society.) Some people say they only let their cats out when they are present to supervise them, but a cat can scale a wall or fence in the blink of an eye. Just take a look at this video of a cat climbing a very tall stucco wall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgtYrlFwzF0
- Maine Coon Adoptions: Indoor / Outdoor
- Cats International: Cats Are Much Safer Indoors
- Washington Humane Society: Your Cat – Indoors or Out?
- Petfinder: 6 Reasons You Might Let Your Cat Out, and Why Not To
I’m not a stray!
Unfortunately, even indoor-only kitties sometimes get out. A collar and a tag will tell anyone who sees your escapee that he is not a stray. Instead of putting your cat’s name on the tag, consider this: INDOOR CAT / I’M LOST / Telephone Number.
- Finding reliable information on the web is sometimes difficult. Cornell University offers a website with links to a variety of articles, brochures, and videos that help answer frequently asked questions.
Cornell Feline Health Center: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/topics.cfm
- Take a look at this great video that shows several different ways to make medicating a cat easier for you and more pleasant for your kitty.
How to Medicate a Cat
Fundamentally Feline: Medicating Techniques
- What do you do if your cat requires immediate emergency care? This site offers valuable information on what to do if it’s a life or death situation:
Medical First Aid & CPR for Cats: http://www.claricode.com/content/Medical-First-Aid-and-CPR-for-Pets.aspx