Keeping Your Cat Happy And Healthy

Cats are intelligent creatures. They are also very independent. But this does not mean that your cat does not need some amount of caring from you.

The good news is that cat care and health is one of the few fields of veterinary medicine that has been studied extensively. The reason maybe because cats, like dogs, have a long-standing relationship with humans.

Cat owners will want to know about their pets’ condition, whether they are suffering from any common cat health issues or problems that need medical attention. As such, much effort and literature in veterinary medicine are focused on the study of cat care.

Cat care, however, is too broad a topic that it is literally and literarily impossible to discuss it in a single paper. Instead, let us focus on the aspects of cat care and kitten care that cat owners, such as yourself, would need to know.

Cat Grooming

You might wonder why your cat still needs grooming when everybody knows that cats groom themselves. The thing is, even though cats are fastidious groomers, they still shed and can get hairballs as a result.

The way to keep your cat clean and hairball-free is by grooming him or her at regular intervals. Although not many people are aware of it, cat grooming plays an integral role in caring for cats for several reasons, not least of which is that a clean and sleek coat discourages parasites and infections to set in.

The good news is that cat grooming is not as rigorous as, say, dog grooming. In fact, cats more often than not need little more than a gentle brush down with a soft-bristled brush. Just remember the basic rule in pet grooming: always brush in the direction of the animal’s coat.

Cat Dental Care

Dental care is not just for people. After some time of no proper dental care, your cat’s teeth accumulate tartar, which can lead to tooth deterioration. In some cases, lack of dental care could lead to infection, gum disease, or worse, tooth loss. These dental conditions can adversely affect your cat’s health, causing pain and loss of appetite.

This is the reason why house cat care should include caring for your cat’s teeth and oral health. Because dental disease may spread to other organs of the body, observing proper dental care regularly can help prevent any serious or dangerous illness that your pet might suffer as a result.

Veterinary dentists would usually give your cat anesthesia in order to numb the pain of tooth extraction, for instance, in case the tooth is far too damaged. The cost is around $30 to $50 dollars depending on your vet. To avoid having to shelve out money for your cat’s oral health, make it a habit to brush your cat’s teeth with a special cat toothbrush.

Kitten Care

But what if, instead of a cat, you got a kitten? Is there a difference in taking care of kittens and cats? Although kittens are cats also, there are some points of difference in how you take care of each.

The first point of difference is diet. Kittens, of course, are reliant on their mothers for milk, which is their main source of nutrient, at least for the first few months. Cats, on the other hand, need protein they get from a meat source which is normally their cat food.

Second, kittens are a lot more delicate. Like all youngs of animals, including humans, kittens cannot take care of themselves. They need constant attention. This is perhaps the best part about getting a kitten rather than a full-grown cat. Where a full-grown cat is fiercely independent, a kitten is more likely to stick by you. Take advantage of this by teaching your kitten simple commands and rules of the house.

There are many more aspects to consider about cat care, such as common cat illnesses that you should watch for, proper diet, exercise, etc. However, the ones above are among the first things that every cat owner should commit to memory in order to ensure that their cat is happy and healthy.