For cats to stay fit in the long term, their health care should not be neglected. Our checklist will help you to keep track.
If we want to keep our pets fit for longer, we need to ensure that they have a healthy diet, the correct care and regular vaccinations. However, a cat’s health care requires much more than that. Our checklist shows you which regular appointments should feature on a cat owner’s calendar.
Starting when she’s a kitten, get your cat accustomed to you looking in her mouth to check her teeth. This is important so that you can discover inflammation or chipped teeth before they can cause significant damage. An even better alternative would be to get your cat used to having her teeth brushed on a regular basis – however, there aren’t many cats that will let you do that. To prevent plaque from building, you should use dental care feed or chew toys. Dry food also helps to get the cleaning process started.
Even if cats usually take care of their own coats, they still need to be combed or brushed regularly. For short-haired breeds you only need to do this once a week, but long-haired breeds need brushing every one to two days. During the moulting season, short-haired cats will need this treatment on a daily basis too.
Monthly ear check:
Cats rarely need help cleaning their ears as they are usually able to keep their outer ears free of dirt by shaking their heads. Nonetheless, you still need to check them on a regular basis, mainly so you can rule out mite infestations and inflammation. You can also use this opportunity to remove any residual dirt with a damp flannel. If her ears smell strange or she is shaking her head more than usual, it might be that your cat is ill and you need to take her to the vet.
Ticks, knotted fur or pain-sensitive areas usually can’t be seen with the naked eye. Which is why it’s important to inspect your animal carefully once a week. In this way, you can quickly find out if any part of their body has changed. Plus, your moggy will love having all that extra stroking and physical contact.
Weight control four times a year:
Excess or insufficient body weight can be a sign of a serious illness such as diabetes or kidney problems. It is therefore advisable to put your cat on the scales every three months and check to see if their weight has changed significantly. If this is the case, you should take your cat to the vet for further investigation.
Cats have to be wormed regularly. This applies to both indoor and outdoor cats. Regular worming is particularly necessary for cats that eat mice and other rodents, as this can sometimes lead to an infection with the dangerous fox tapeworm. Unfortunately, cats don’t only catch these pests outside, they can also be transmitted by fleas that can stray into the house.
Protection against fleas and ticks:
Ticks can carry dangerous illnesses, so it is essential to protect your outdoor cat with the appropriate product. Combined preparations are ideal for this purpose as they keep both ticks and fleas at bay.
Of course, all these precautions are no substitute for a professional inspection. So take your pet to a vet you trust for a medical check-up as well.
Call into your local store today to discuss your cat’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.