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National Cat Health Month

February is National Cat Health Month! For us, every month is National Cat Health Month: we have devoted our lives to keeping pets happy and healthy. Read on as a local Wake Forest, NC vet offers advice on keeping your kitty content and purring.

Veterinary Care

One of the best things you can do for your cat is to make sure she sees the vet regularly. Fluffy may not be thrilled about the car ride, but proper veterinary care is definitely in her best interests. We recommend all pets be microchipped and spayed or neutered. It’s also important to stay up to date on your kitty’s vaccinations and parasite control. While you’re there, ask for specific tips on your feline friend’s care needs, including advice on food, toys, grooming, and general care.

Keeping Kitty Safe

Kitties are full of mischief, and are always curious to find out what they can and can’t eat, play with, or sleep on. This sense of adventure can lead a furry little explorer right into danger! We recommend keeping cats indoors, where they are protected from the dangers posed by cars, weather, and other hazards. Petproofing is also important, especially for people with kittens. Remove or secure poisonous plants; wires and cords; medicine; chemicals; plastic bags and ties; and anything small or sharp. We also advise keeping major appliances, like washers and dryers, shut when they are not in use. Ask your vet for more information.

Warning Signs

Kitties aren’t always up-front about things when it comes to letting us know they don’t feel well. In fact, Fluffy may try to hide any symptoms of sickness. Therefore, it’s very important for people owned by cats to be able to recognize signs of illness in their feline overlords. Some common ones are hiding, poor grooming, reduced appetite, litterbox issues, and uncharacteristic behavior or vocalizations. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these symptoms in your furry pal.

Purrs

Your cat’s mental health is also very important to her health and well-being. To keep your kitty happy, offer her lots of soft beds and fun toys, and play with her regularly. It’s also important to pay lots of attention to Fluffy, and let her snuggle up with you when she wants.

Is your feline friend due for a veterinary exam? Contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, today!

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