As a pet owner, you want to ensure that your beloved pet is healthy and happy under your care. Cats, in particular, are sensitive creatures with a particular set of needs that must be addressed. All too often, cats are misunderstood and unfairly branded as aloof and uncaring; however, with a bit of effort and understanding, you will see that these mysterious creatures are capable of the greatest affection, just on their own terms. To ensure that your cat thrives under your roof, read on to find out more about how to provide the best possible feline care.
Get Them Spayed Or Neutered
Simply put, neutering is the removal of a male cat’s testicles and spaying the removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus so that they are unable to reproduce. While it might sound drastic, making the decision to spay or neuter your cat is one of the most important decisions you can make as a loving pet owner. It avoids any unplanned pregnancies and protects your cat from certain devastating diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (the cat equivalent of HIV) and injuries from fighting. Your cat can reproduce from as young as six months old, so it is important that you get them spayed or neutered as soon as they are old enough. Every year, thousands of unwanted kittens are born and subsequently abandoned, so by spaying or neutering your cat, you are playing your part in reducing the number of unwanted kittens.
Keep Up With Routine Veterinary Check-Ups
As soon as you bring your cat home, get it registered with a trusted veterinary clinic. They will provide you with an initial appointment to check over your new arrival and ensure that they are in the best of health, as well as providing them with essential shots and information for cat care. It is important that you keep up-to-date with annual veterinary check-ups to ensure that your cat remains in the best of health and so they can get top ups on vaccinations. A routine wellness exam involves reviewing your cat’s skin, coat, joint health, weight, and dental health, along with an examination of their overall health and suggestions for preventative techniques, such as cat toothpaste and flea and worm treatment. Visit easyvet.com for more information on what to expect during a routine veterinary check-up.
Have Your Cat Microchipped
Cats are natural wanderers and enjoy their independence. However, every year, thousands of cats go missing, causing great heartbreak to their owners. Microchipping your cat gives them the best possible chance of returning to you if they are lost or stolen. Microchipping involves a small chip being inserted under your cat’s skin by your vet, which contains a registration number that is matched to your contact details kept on a cat microchip database. Microchips are safe and easy, and painless to implant. They help to reunite hundreds of missing cats and their owners every year, thanks to their GPS tracking.