3 Tips for Caring for Your Pet Cat at Home

  • February 07, 2014
  • By Dr Mark Perissinotto
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Congratulations on your new cat! Now that you have decided to become a full-fledged cat owner, you will need to provide proper care for your pet. This way, you can rest assured that your will grow up to be a healthy, happy cat. When keeping a pet cat in the house full time, you will need to care for your cat properly. This involves watching out and taking measures to prevent fleas and ticks, making sure your cat gets enough exercise and sunshine as well as protection from cold weather and making sure your cat gets good oral hygiene. Brand new cat owners may feel overwhelmed at the responsibility of having to care for a pet. On the other hand, the rewards of a loving, healthy cat companion in the long run make this all worth it.

Ticks and Fleas

When cats live at home, ticks and fleas can be an issue. Not only can fleas and ticks cause your cat to be allergic, these also tend to carry diseases. To reduce the chances of a tick or flea home infestation, wash your cat often and clean your home thoroughly. Remember that your cat can catch fleas from other pets outdoors when you go for walks. You can opt for a preventive measure by using tick or flea collars as well as powders and soaps that are ‘anti-flea.’

Exercise

When a pet cat lives at home with her owner, your cat will have a tendency to eat a poor diet as it may eat all sorts of human food. Plus, she is likely to get less exercise opportunities. For this reason, going the extra mile in making sure your cat is eating the right diet and getting enough exercise will benefit your cat’s health greatly.

Oral Health

Caring for your pet cat properly involves total care, including checking her oral health. Aside from having the vet check her teeth and whether or not these are growing properly, your cat should also get a weekly tooth-brushing. In addition, it pays to know that cats that are healthy will have no bad breath and completely white teeth. The moment you notice that your cat has bad breath; it is time to get a check-up as this could be a sign of another underlying medical condition. You might also want to give your cat a diet of cat food that is dry, as this discourages bacteria from being able to develop in your feline’s mouth.

Mark Perissinotto has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, 14 years of which he was the owner and principal of a busy multi-vet mixed animal hospital. One of the two co-founders of Vet Shop Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and one of the best retailer of pet supplies Australia.

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