Australians love their cats, with 29 per cent of households owning a pet cat according to the RSPCA. Our feline companions entertain us, amuse us and keep us company. They are an integral part of your household and to ensure they are a part of your lives for as long as possible, you should do everything you can to keep them healthy.
Every cat owner wants the best for their feline friend, so we’ve put together a guide to help. Below are some tips for keeping your cat healthy and happy.
Cats need a primarily meat-based diet. Most high quality commercial pet foods will follow this principle. However, to ensure your cat keeps a balanced diet you should feed them a combination of commercial food and natural food such as fresh raw meat. Kittens should be given special food until they are six months old.
Cats naturally eat several small meals a day. Ensure you don’t just leave one big bowl of food for the day as this can encourage overeating. Keep in mind that cats won’t eat their food if it is too close to their litter box. Remember to leave out plenty of fresh water as they can become very ill without it in a few hours.
Every cat owner knows that cats enjoy grooming themselves. You can help them with regular brushing which helps remove dust, loose hairs, dead skin, tangles and grass seeds. This is especially important for long haired cats and to help them cut down on fur balls.
Grooming gives you the opportunity to check for sores, bumps and lumps. Cats also need a scratching pole, mat or another suitable material to keep their claws trimmed and sharp.
Playing with your cat is essential for bonding as well as training. Occasionally hunting games turn into play aggression. This is a good opportunity to teach your cat some manners about biting and scratching. Make sure that the fun ends if the claws or teeth come out. Ensure your cat’s hunting skills are not turned on the local wildlife by putting bells on their collar and keeping them inside at night.
Visit the Vet Regularly
Take your cat to the vet annually for vaccinations, booster and a general health check. Your vet can also advise you about flea, tick and worm prevention as well as other ways to protect your cat’s health. For example, removing commonly found plants that are toxic to cats such as lilies. Ensure your cat is desexed to protect them from unwanted litters and health conditions such as mammary cancers, prostatic enlargement and feline AIDS.
Specialist Veterinary Services in Sydney
For a range of veterinary services for your cat, speak to our specialist vets at Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists today. Book an appointment from Monday to Friday 8:30am-6pm or contact us for emergency and after hours care. Call us on (02) 9197 5800, contact us online or learn more about our services.