We may be dog nutrition experts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love all companion animals. February is Cat Health Month, intended to bring feline health to the forefront of owners’ minds, because according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs visit the vet about 1.5 times a year while cats go less than once. But just because cats see the vet less than their canine counterparts, it doesn’t mean they naturally maintain better health. To help you meet the mark, we’ve put together a quick checklist to help keep kitty in tip-top shape.
- Vet Visits. Nothing can replace proper veterinary care; make your cat an appointment at least once a year or if you start noticing anything abnormal.
- Skin and Coat. Skin and coat play a large part in reflecting pets’ overall health. Their coat should be soft, smooth, rich in color, and free of flakes or matting.
- Periodically peep in on their litter box to make sure they’re using it regularly and that their stool is consistent and firm; if you notice your cat’s avoiding the litter box or irregular excrement for an extended amount of time, consult your veterinarian.
- Dental Health. Teeth play a major role in cats’ health; teeth should be free of tartar and plaque (check out their back teeth to see if either are developing.) Gums should be bright pink and breath shouldn’t be noticeably off putting. February is also Pet Dental Health Month, check with your veterinarian for discounted cleanings and to schedule a dental exam. But, in the meantime, consider an at-home regimen, like using an easy dental cleaner twice a week.
- Your cat’s energy and playfulness are great insight into how they’re feeling – if you notice your usually-chipper kitty acting lethargic or out of character, consult your veterinarian.
- Being prepared can be the difference between an injury and an emergency, so consider some safety and relief products to help you help your cat at home.
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