When you choose to adopt or buy a cat or kitten, the first trip any owner should make it to the vet. Your vet can tell you everything you need to know about vaccinations, health care and what to look out for to ensure your cat is in perfect health and happy. Regular health checks are essential to establish good health in your furry bundle of joy.
As soon as you make the decision to welcome a cat into your home, you should consider the vaccinations that it will need to avoid nasty infections and diseases such as cat flu, feline leukaemia, feline enteritis and many more. In some cases, booster jabs will be required to maintain the protection that your cat requires, but this will also mean that your cat can receive regular (usually yearly) visits to the vets for a general health check-up too.
Diet and Nutrition
Cats are obligate carnivores which means they need to eat meat in their diet, this gives them important nutrients they need, and a lack of meat can cause serious health problems including blindness and in severe cases, even death. Good quality cat food contains all of the nutrients they require for a healthy diet, and this accompanied with a constant supply of water will result in good cat health. As with any pet, it is highly inadvisable to feed your cat scraps from the dinner table as this can cause a problematic imbalance in their diet.
Portion control is essential too. With a shocking 25% of cats in the UK obese, weight control is becoming a serious problem. As a rough guide, you should be able to feel, but not see your cat’s ribs through its fur. If you’re unsure or if you think that weight might be becoming an issue, consult your vet as health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease risks all increase in overweight cats.
A lot of owners tend to forget about the importance of dental health when it comes to cat health care. As with humans, cats need to reduce their tartar build up as much as possible. Specially formulated diets or regular teeth cleaning will help keep your cats teeth clean and healthy. Don’t underestimate the importance of teeth in your cat’s health care. Rotten teeth can cause kidney and liver diseases, especially in older cats.