As a result of great nutrition, grooming, lifestyle products, and lifestyle, they are living well in their lives and not uncommonly in their 20s. Addressing key issues at every life stage, from the age of the senior through the years, goes a long way towards improving health and well-being.
1. Feed the right diet
The nutrition that kittens get while they're growing up will affect their health for the rest of their lives. So, feeding a premium kitten is an investment in their future.
"Explains Dr. Drew Weigner, owner of The Cat Doctor, an all-feline practice in Atlanta, Georgia" It's best to feed both canned and dry food since they have 'baby' teeth when young and and a longstanding board member of the Winn Feline Foundation, whose primary focus is on health and well-being.
"Vitamins and supplements are not needed when using a high-quality diet; "Dr. Weigner says. Get your kitten used to measure food even if you free-feed to avoid obesity from the beginning. And check with your veterinarian about the right to switch to adult formula.
"Typically, they are fully grown around 6 months of age, but some large breeds can continue growing up to one year," Dr. Weigner explains. "Feeding kitten food after that will definitely contribute to obesity. The best way to tell your veterinarian when your cat will become an adult. It's often when they're all adult teeth are in. "
2. Spay or neuter early
Timing is everything when it comes to this cat health issue. The American Association of Feline Practitioners, The Catalyst Council, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, endorse the idea that kittens should be spayed when they are still alive. kittens).
"Research has shown that if it is spayed before the age of 5 months, it virtually eliminates the risk of unwanted litters," says Esther Mechler, a longstanding feline welfare advocate and founder of Marian's Dream, the organization behind the Feline Fix by Five Initiative. .
"The number of kittens born every year during the season, '' the rest of the year, is staggering, and earlier surgery can really help to reduce the numbers of unwanted and homeless kittens. Further, doing this surgery at a younger age also adds to the risks of mammary cancer, "Esther adds. "It also includes behavioral issues such as paging out of the box, a primary reason of their homes and land in shelters."
3. Do not skip the kitten's vet visits
No matter where you got your kitten from, do not skip the first checkup, and check it gets all of her shots. Testing for feline leukemia and IVF is routine. Unfortunately, many kittens, especially strays or those of unknown parenting, have these diseases, which are often fatal. Best to check!
Deworming is also a very important part of cat health. Stool tests are often negative in kittens even when they have intestinal parasites, which have a very significant effect on their growth rate, so preemptive deworming is imperative. And do it more than once.
4. Get a wellness profile
Annual physical exams often reveal underlying cat health issues such as dental disease, heart murmurs and obesity as kitties age. When you book an annual visit, you need to know that you want to have the test called Wellness Profiles done.
These tests detect the early stages of these diseases. And when caught early, simple treatments such as a dietary change can be very effective.
5. Do not overtreat
Yummy tidbits are very important, and it's a way of spending quality time and dispensing love. But be sure to overtreat no matter the life stage. Count the treat calories as part of your daily calorie intake to avoid too much weight gain.
6. Adjust for senior years
As cats age, they have a more sedentary lifestyle and a lot more sleep. So, it's time to have another discussion about diet with your veterinarian. It is not only a matter of changing the price of food to a formula for your cat's changing needs, but you need to have a discussion about amounts, too. Cats, just like humans and dogs, lose weight as they age, and it's important to keep them moving and active.
Older cats are also not as good and can have problems grooming themselves properly and will help with some basic grooming help. Keep the hair trimmed between them and also around the anus so it does not get stuck to these areas. Use special bull-nosed scissors so as to cut into the skin in these delicate areas. Or ask your veterinarian for help.
7. Check those teeth
Regular exams of kitty's teeth are an essential part of cat health. Dental care is not only important in preserving the teeth, but the chronic inflammation and infection is also associated with the disease. Check to see if your veterinarian offers discounts during February, which is Pet Dental Month.
8. Always make time for fun & games
Toys and jigsaw puzzle games provide both mental and physical stimulation. It's particularly important if you are at home and work for a long time.
9. See the vet more often
Ideally, senior and especially geriatric cats should visit the veterinarian's office every six months for a physical exam. "At this age, one of the best years in the world, every year, every year, every year," Dr. Weigner explains.
"Cats are at the helm and they are doing it right now. It's so common to see these critically ill geriatric cats that their owners swear were normal the week before, and they're not wrong! Wellness Profiles are essential to finding your life and saving your cat's life, "he said.
Since many cats go without routine dental care, it is common for these cats to have infected, broken or missing teeth. Once again, they often will not show symptoms, and the chronic infection of organs. Correcting this requires anesthesia, which can be done safely with the proper preparation and lab tests.
10. Stash your cash
If you do not have pet insurance for your cat, consider starting her own fund and putting away a fixed amount of money throughout her life. This way, you will have the funds.
Cat health – In Conclusion
Kitty's diet in her life, do not miss these visits, check those teeth, do not overtreat and always play with kitty at every stage of her life. Each one of these cat health tips is relevant to keeping your kitty not only furry and fabulous but also mentally alert and physically fit throughout her life.
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Ziggy and Tory "work" as feline muses for Sandy Robins, an award-winning multi-media pet lifestyle expert, author and pet industry personality. They like to work in the kitchen. Learn more about Sandy at sandyrobinsonline.com.
Editor's note: This article appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet's office? Subscribe to get Catster magazine delivered straight to you!
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- 1 1. Feed the right diet
- 2 2. Spay or neuter early
- 3 3. Do not skip the kitten's vet visits
- 4 4. Get a wellness profile
- 5 5. Do not overtreat
- 6 6. Adjust for senior years
- 7 7. Check those teeth
- 8 8. Always make time for fun & games
- 9 9. See the vet more often
- 10 10. Stash your cash
- 11 Cat health – In Conclusion
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