I don’t write about pet topics too often, but realize that I really get excited to write about it as I really love my two little furballs. I don’t have children and have kind of replaced my two super loving cats as my babies, so they probably get spoiled a bit more than most. But I realize life gets busy and I don’t always keep up on their health as good as I should.
Having had cats for about 11 years now, I feel like I’ve gained some pretty good knowledge on how to keep them healthy and happy, sometimes learning the hard way thanks to a very couple expensive vet visits that could’ve been avoided had I been more cautious and more proactive in keeping my cats healthy, which leads me to my 4 top tips for keeping your cat healthy (each step also applies to your dog too!)
4 Tips to Keep Your Cat’s Health in Check
1. Don’t skimp on the teeth brushing. This is where I learned the lesson of brushing your cat’s teeth the hard way, thanks to a not-fun $350 vet bill! My poor kitty had super red irritated gums and had to have a few teeth removed because of the horrible plaque buildup! I felt horrible when I picked him up after he had to “go under” for this treatment! I knew you were supposed to brush dog’s teeth but for some reason, it never occurred to me that my cats need it too, probably because they can be such finicky little animals and I kind of assumed they would never in a million years actually go for it!
I watched some how-to videos and eventually trained both of my older cats (8 and 10 years old) to welcome the teeth brushing, in fact, my younger one (who lost some teeth due to my neglect) actually begs for it! Lucky for us cat owners, the makers of cat toothpaste know how to make some yummy flavored toothpaste that actually entice cats. I had to play around before I found the poultry flavor both of my cats seem to love. At first, I used my fingers to spread it around their teeth while holding them between my legs, squatting over them on the floor. This got them use to me playing in their mouth, And then of course, once finished, I would reward them with treats. Then after a few weeks to a month, I started using a
Then after a few weeks to a month, I started using a toothbrush on their little teeth. The thing I learned with cats is, they won’t often let you do it for long, but the more often you can do it (I try to do it at least once a week), it seems to still work. I brush quickly from one end of the mouth to the other. I’ve found over time, they’ve let me brush for longer, well at least depending on the day. I also then reward my cats with some cat treats after, that are also great for removing plaque too, so they get an extra dose of cleaning with each teeth brushing, I’ve been doing this for the last 3-4 years now and my vet said both cat’s teeth were looking much better and healthier.
2. Brush your cat regularly. Once a day or more for thicker, longer hair breeds, and once or twice a week for shorter hair breeds. As I’m writing this, I’m pulling out my cat’s hairbrush as I realize since I’ve moved into my new home over a week ago, I haven’t brushed my poor kitties. My younger cat tends to get furballs the worst and reminds me when I’ve slacked on the brushing by throwing up a yucky hairball! Ewwwwww.
Brushing regularly helps keep cats coats healthy and shiny and reduces hairballs in the stomach, as well as of course, the puking up of hairballs, and the excess fur that gets shed all over the furniture and home! Play around with different types of brushes to find the one your cat likes the best. I’ve also found that catching my cats when they are sleepier is a good time to do this (it’s also a great time for nail trimming as well!) I also brush them when they are following me around the house meowing, and I can see they are really dying for some attention. They seem to actually enjoy the brushing then!
3. Visit the vet each year for a physical checkup and yearly shots. While I sometimes delay vet visits for a few months longer than their yearly, I have never missed an appointment. I have had vets catch things I wouldn’t otherwise, such as my cat’s gums being extremely red and irritated, (which I was then giving a gum soothing cream to treat). I also want to make sure they are current on their vaccinations so they stay healthy. While my cats are indoor only, often times things can still be brought into our home by catching a ride on us or the bottom of our shoes. Keep your little furballs healthy and safe by making sure they get their shots each year!
Also, not all vets are created equal. I’ve had some that barely looked at the cat, just gave him his shots and sent us on our way. I’ve also had others that weigh them at each visit, thoroughly check teeth, ears, and coat, and are also kind and gentle with them too. I bet you can guess which vet I’ve stuck with and visit each year!
4. Make sure you’re feeding your cat a nutritional, healthy food, best suited for their needs. I found out pretty early on after adopting my kitty that he had some major allergies to most cat foods. He started throwing up after eating daily and I kept trying different foods to no avail. Finally, after a vet visit, we came to the conclusion that my cat has allergies to grains, which are found in MANY cat foods out there. Once recommended a good healthy, nutritious high protein cat food which contains no grains, my cat immediately started throwing up a whole lot less (although he still does every now and then but usually only once or twice a month now, and I think it’s due to him being a fast eater).
Like your vet, not all cat foods are created equal so make sure you’re feeding your little furball a healthy cat food that will provide his little furry body with everything he needs to stay healthy, happy, and active. I love the Now Fresh Freshwater trout and salmon for food allergies and sensitivities from Petcurean. This food has been amazing for helping my cat keep his food down. Plus I love that Petcurean recipes are made using protein and a limited number of premium, nutritious ingredients such as unique carbs, and essential omega oils from coconuts or canola, to meet specific needs of dogs and cats. They have great formulas for pets with specific dietary needs and foot sensitives like my cat, so you can find the perfect food for your furry friend! I was also pleased to learn that Petcuren pet foods also contain fruits and veggies such as wholesome berries, fruits, and veggies such as peas, spinach, cranberries, pumpkin, blackberries, alfalfa sprouts, kelp, lentils, and carrots.
Petcurean Has zero grains, zero rendered meat, zero by-product meals, and no artificial preservatives.
My little furballs Sebby and Ruh Ruh (I know, weird name! it just kind of happened and is somehow totally fitting of him!):
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