Petcare expenses soon add up but when it comes to your cat’s health care, it’s false economy to try and cut corners. So, whether you’re moving to a new house, have a new cat, or just want to make sure your cat is as happy as possible, here are some tips which will hopefully benefit their welfare.
Check your cat regularly
Never ignore your cat, make sure that as part of your cat’s playtime you are making a thorough check of their body, that way you’ll notice immediately if something is wrong. Get used to the feel of your cat’s body, so that you can tell at a touch if something has changed. Check to make sure that their coat is healthy, their eyes are bright, and their claws are smooth. A cat’s nose should be damp, if your cat is sneezing a lot it could be a sign of flu. Check your cat’s ears to make sure that they aren’t suffering from excessive wax or redness. If your cat’s ears are smelly, that’s also a bad sign. If your cat is holding its head on one side or rubbing its ears against surfaces it could also indicate a problem. Never put anything into your cat’s ears, leave that to the vet.
Get your cat insured
Don’t trust to luck, it’s better to be safe than sorry by insuring your cat. If your cat falls ill or is involved in an accident and needs medical attention, you could find yourself paying far higher bills than the cost of insurance. It’s bad enough worrying about your cat’s health without having the additional worry or a big, unexpected bill.
Get a good deal on the services of a vet
Look out for discounts on vet’s services or look at a vet payment plan which is suitable for you. You’ll save money on check-ups and vaccinations, and you can spread the cost throughout the year.
Don’t forget about dental care
Eight out ten cats over the age of three have tooth and gum problems and just as with humans, dental health problems can also trigger heart and kidney disease. If too much plaque builds up on a cat’s teeth, it hardens to form tartar, which in turn can lead to tooth loss. Bad breath is a sign of tooth decay, as is reddened gums, brown teeth or drooling. If your cat begins to drop food from their mouth or chew on one side it may mean that they are suffering from gingivitis. Keeping an eye on your cat’s dental health means that you can spot problems early on and save your cat a lot of discomfort and yourself a lot of money. Strange as it may sound, it’s a good idea to get your cat used to having its teeth brushed, you can even get specialist cat toothpaste.
If your cat can’t groom properly, then it’s up to you
Kittens and older cats sometimes experience difficulty in grooming effectively. Grooming isn’t just about keeping the coat clean it also stimulates the circulation and it’s important for your cat’s general good health. So, if your cat isn’t making a good job of grooming then it’s up to you to lend a hand, by brushing them with a fine-toothed metal comb.
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