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How to Be a Great Cat Parent

Do you have a kitty? Our feline friends make wonderful and loving pets. While caring for kitties isn’t difficult, great cat care does entail more than filling Fluffy’s food dishes and cleaning her litterbox. Below, a Poway, CA veterinarian offers advice on how to keep your feline overlord happy, healthy, and purring.

Veterinary Care

Bring Fluffy to the vet at least once a year. Regular exams will allow your vet to monitor her health, and alert you to any changes that could indicate a health problem. We also recommend that kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Keeping up with your furry friend’s vaccines and parasite control is important as well.

Warning Signs

Watch for symptoms that could indicate sickness. Some common signs of illness in kitties include hiding, poor grooming, weight loss, lack of appetite, unusual behavior or vocalizations, litterbox issues, and grumpiness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Stimulation

While cats certainly do enjoy their beauty rest, even the sleepiest kitty can’t spend all her time napping. Offer Fluffy lots of toys to play with. These can be classic options, like catnip birds, or something more modern, like a robotic mouse. Your furball will also appreciate a window seat with a good view, so she can sunbathe and watch birds and squirrels.

Kitty Comforts

Kitties love nothing more than snuggling down into a comfy spot for a nap. Provide Fluffy with lots of cozy beds to sleep in.

Furball Furniture

We recommend getting your feline buddy some cat furniture, such as a pet tent or cat tower. A good scratching post is also a must.

Choose High-Quality Foods

Proper nutrition is crucial to your furball’s health. Give your kitty the best pet food you can afford. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Socialization

Pay attention to your cat: talk to her, pet her, and just hang out with her. The more you interact with your furball, the more interactive she’ll become!

Grooming

Brushing Fluffy regularly will help keep her coat soft and shiny by removing dead hair and dander. (Bonus: regular grooming will also reduce the amount of hairballs your cat gets. Plus, you’ll find less fur stuck to your clothes and furniture.)

Is your kitty due for a veterinary exam? Call us today! As your Poway, CA animal hospital, we are always happy to help!

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