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Common Cat Care Mistakes

There are many things to love about our feline friends. Fluffy is cute, clean, hilarious, and absolutely full of charming quirks. She’s also an easy keeper. However, kitties aren’t quite as independent as they like us to think. They really do need proper care to thrive. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet lists some common cat care mistakes.

Lack Of Stimulation

You may have noticed that our feline pals are rather drowsy little furballs. However, Fluffy can’t spend all of her time sleeping. She’ll need something to occupy herself with when she’s awake: otherwise, she’ll soon get bored and restless. Offer your kitty lots of catnip mice and plastic balls to push under the couch. Your pet may also enjoy some more modern toys, like catnip bubbles, automatic laser pointers, or remote-controlled snakes. It’s also important for you to take time to play with your cat regularly. Last but not least, give Fluffy some pet-safe plants to nibble on, as well as a comfy window seat with a good view.

Letting Kitty Roam

Many cats enjoy fun outdoor activities, like rolling around in driveways and leaving paw art on people’s cars. However, Fluffy will be much better off staying inside, where she is protected from cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. Keep your feline buddy safe and sound indoors!

Not Enough Veterinary Care

We know, given the option, Fluffy would rather take yet another nap than come visit us. (We don’t take this personally: we know that going to a strange place can be overwhelming for kitties.) However, despite what your furball thinks of her appointments, it’s important to keep up with her veterinary care needs. We recommend that all cats be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on their vaccines and parasite control products. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as hiding, vomiting, or poor grooming. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss. Cats often don’t let on that they aren’t feeling well, so Fluffy could be very sick before you notice that something is wrong.

Dirty Litterboxes

Make sure to keep Fluffy’s litterbox clean. No one likes a dirty bathroom! We recommend scooping the box out daily, and changing the litter every week.

Please reach out to us, your local Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

Taking Your Cat to the Vet

August 22nd is Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, given the choice, Fluffy would much rather celebrate Hug Your Cat Day or Give Your Kitty Catnip Day. However, regardless of your furball’s opinion on the matter, your pet will be much healthier with regular veterinary care. A Norwalk, CA vet discusses taking your kitty to the vet in this article.

Your Cat’s Veterinary Care Needs

Your cat’s exact veterinary care needs will depend on her age, weight, breed, and health. That said, we strongly recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current with their exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. Kittens will need to come in a few times during that first year. Then, when your feline companion is fully grown, she may only need to visit us once or twice a year. When Fluffy reaches her senior years, your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, especially if she develops health problems. No matter how old your furry buddy is, feel free to ask for tips on your furball’s diet and care needs.

Emergency Visits

Just like any other pet, cats are susceptible to illness and injury. Keep an eye out for signs that something isn’t right. Some common ones include hiding, poor grooming, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden weight gain or loss, and fever. There are also behavioral clues to watch for, such as grumpiness, unusual vocalizations, and uncharacteristic behavior. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs. Cats often try to hide signs of illness, so Fluffy could be quite ill by the time you notice anything is wrong!

The Dreaded Car Ride

Most cats aren’t exactly fond of car rides. In fact, Fluffy may bolt for her favorite hiding place as soon as she sees her carrier. Put soft bedding and a few toys into the carrier to make it comfy for Fluffy. Keeping a window cracked, so that there is always fresh air circulating, will help keep your kitty more comfortable. Also, avoid sharp turns, bumpy roads, and sudden stops and starts. If your furry pal gets extremely frightened in the car, ask your vet for tips on using cat-calming products, like treats or sprays.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing great care!

Keeping an Indoor Cat Content

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? Fluffy may love going outdoors, so she can leave paw prints on your windshield, roll around in the driveway, and refuse to come in when called, but she’s really much safer living indoors. As soon as your pet sets her cute little paws outside, she faces some very serious dangers, such as cars, wildlife, and weather, to name a few. However, indoor cats don’t get as much exercise or stimulation as outdoor kitties. In order to keep your cute pet happy and healthy, you’ll need to keep her both comfortable and entertained. Read on as a Downey, CA vet discusses keeping an indoor kitty purring.

Toys

Toys aren’t just fun for kitties: they’re actually very beneficial for them! Playing keeps cats active, which is great for them physically. Playtime also gives your furry pal beneficial mental stimulation, and offers her a healthy way to unleash her inner predator. Offer Fluffy lots of toys, and take time to play with her every day.

Window View

One way to prevent kitty boredom is to offer your furball a comfy window seat with an interesting view. Fluffy can spend hours just watching birds and squirrels!

Beds, Beds, and More Beds

Kitties take their beauty rest very, very seriously. Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day, though most of our feline buddies average about 14 hours. Offer your drowsy pet lots of comfy beds and napping spots.

Cat Furniture

Kitties really do benefit from having things that were made specifically to suit them. Cat towers are great, as they offer your furry buddy a lookout spot, nail-care station, napping spot, and jungle gym, all in one. Fluffy may also enjoy kitty condos, cat shelves, or pet tents. If you’re trying to save money, look online for DIY ideas. You may be surprised at how many great options you can find!

Kitty Comforts

Always keep your furball’s comfort and safety in mind. Do some basic kittyproofing, and remove anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, and plastic wrappers. When you leave your feline friend home alone, keep your climate control running, and turn a TV or radio on for background noise to soothe her.

Please contact us, your Downey, CA pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!