Keep your Cat Healthy, Happy and in Great Shape for Pet
Travel and Relocation....
some tips for keeping your cat happy, healthy, and feeling
wonderful...Especially for any kind of pet transport and pet
not be obsessed with their weight like humans are, but it
something for you to pay attention to. Talk to your vet
about a healthy weight for your cat. If your cat is too
skinny, this could indicate hidden health problems. On the
other hand, a chubby kitty -- while cute and cuddly -- is
not a healthy kitty. Just like in people, excess fat can
cause health problems in your cat. Helping your cat to
maintain a healthy weight will keep her healthier and help
her to live longer.
cat is a hairless breed, brush her daily to remove excess
fur and cut down on hairballs. A healthy coat will look
shiny and smooth, with no bare patches. If you notice any
lumps or sore spots as you brush your cat, talk to your vet.
But what do
you do if your cat hates to brushed? Unlike my petite
princess, my other cat, a 16-pound bruiser with the most
beautiful long hair, can't stand to be groomed. As a result,
he ends up with mats and tangles. So every six to nine
months, I take him to the groomer's and get him shaved. He
ends up looking a little funny, but he seems to love it.
Afterwards he's more playful and affectionate. If your cat
is anti-brush, ask your vet if a trip to the salon might be
If your cat
is hosting a tiny flea circus, chances are you won't see the
culprits themselves. But you may notice your cat scratching
or biting at her fur a lot. Check her regularly for flea
dirt, which is a nice way of saying flea poop. It looks like
specks of black pepper and is actually dried blood. If you
notice this, make a vet appointment.
that before I became a cat owner, I had no idea that cats
need help with dental hygiene. Your vet should check your
cat's teeth and gums at every visit. You should also check
these regularly. Her gums should be pink, and her teeth
should be white and free of cracks. Plaque and tartar
buildup can turn teeth yellow or brown. Dental treats can
help to reduce this residue. If the buildup gets too bad,
your vet should discuss the option of doing a clinical
cleaning. And while your cat's breath probably won't be
minty fresh, see the vet if you notice a new or funky odor,
as this can be a sign of infection.
"bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" applies to cats. Well, at
least the bright-eyed part. Your cat's eyes should be bright
and focused. And while a few crusties in the corners is
normal, there shouldn't be any excessive discharge.
cat's ears regularly. If you notice a bad smell or see a lot
of wax or black gunk, she may have ear mites or an
infection. What to do? Take her to the vet, of course.
if you notice that your cat's nose is warm and dry instead
of cold and wet. It's a myth that this means she's sick.
natural-born scratchers. (Natural-born killers, too, but
that's a different issue.) They use scratching to mark their
territory, as a form of exercise, and as a way to shed the
outer layers of their claws.
If your cat
is not declawed, think twice before scheduling this
operation. Many people consider declawing cruel, and it's
even outlawed in some European countries. The procedure
amputates the last bone of each toe, which is the equivalent
of cutting off a person's finger at the last knuckle. The
recovery process is quite painful and can even cause
long-term health issues and numerous behavior problems.
declawing, give your cat a good place to scratch. Use
positive reinforcement to teach her to use a scratching
post. If she develops a penchant for your favorite couch,
try spraying it (the couch, not the cat) with bitter apple
spray or placing double-sided sticky tape, plastic, or
aluminum foil on the furniture to deter her.
mind and spirit
needs you as much as you need her. Sure, she may not always
show it, but I bet she lets you know when it's time to play
or cuddle. Spend time playing with and petting your cat
get bored, especially if they spend all of their time
indoors. (Nonetheless, keeping your cat inside is a good
idea, as those who roam outside have shorter life spans.)
Rotate your stock of cat toys and include a few that she can
play with when you're not around. But be careful not to
leave things like string or ribbon lying about, as cats may
try to eat these and end up needing an emergency vet visit.
things need routine maintenance: cars, air conditioners, and
yes, cats. Use the checklist above to give your cat a
monthly inspection. (At least you don't have to change her
oil every 3,000 meows!)
Try to follow these important tips, and you'll keep your
healthy, happy and forever young.... and ready for pet
travel and transport at any time.
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