Cats are known for being independent and not requiring huge amounts of hands on care, but it is easy to overlook some important tasks that can help improve your pet’s wellbeing and longevity. Regular vet checkups, healthy weight maintenance and good oral care will help ensure your cat lives a long and healthy life.
Make an Annual Vet Visit
You know your cat really well, but your vet may be able to spot the signs of a problem well in advance, if they have the chance to see you both each year. Your annual visit is also the ideal time to protect your pet against rabies and other devastating illnesses, talk about your pet’s overall weight and condition and even make sure the food you are giving is still right for your pet’s age and health. That annual visit only takes a few minutes and it may be tough to get your cat to agree to it, but it pays off in years of better health for your cat.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
About 60% of all indoor cats are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention; an overweight cat could develop other issues over time and may struggle with mobility and a reduced life expectancy. Eliminating table food and avoiding overfeeding can help you keep your cat at the right weight and ensure that he stays fit and active.
Take Care of his Teeth
Good dental health allows your cat to eat and drink normally and to remain pain free. Your cat will not let you know if he is in pain; often a broken tooth or abscess goes undiagnosed until it has a negative impact on a cat’s health. Checking his teeth and ensuring that his mouth is clean will help improve your cat’s wellness.
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