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6 Ways To Tell If Your Cat Is Healthy

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month! While Fluffy should be happy and healthy all year, this is a great time to pay her a little extra attention. Actually, it’s not always easy to tell if a cat isn’t feeling well. Our feline friends can be tough to read! In this article, a Downey, CA vet lists some signs that your kitty is in good health.

Clean Bill Of Health

First things first: the best way to find out for sure if your feline pal is healthy is to keep up with her veterinary appointments. Regular exams will help your vet keep a close eye on your cute pet’s health. This also makes it more likely that any developing issues will be caught—and therefore treated—early on, which can be extremely beneficial.

Appearance

Fluffy should have clear, bright eyes, and her fur should be soft, clean, and flea-free. Ideally, she should be neither overweight nor underweight. You also shouldn’t see any discharge from her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Purrsonality

Kitties are known for being frisky and playful. If Fluffy just can’t resist chasing that little red dot or batting at that wand toy, she’s probably feeling pretty good. Your furball may also have a bit of a ‘cattitude,’ and may meow at you to demand that you pet her or pick her up, or sometimes just to argue.

Good Appetite

Healthy animals have healthy appetites. While Fluffy can be pretty finicky, she will let you know if she simply doesn’t like what you offered her. Your furry pal’s water intake should also be fairly consistent. Follow your vet’s recommendations.

No Litterbox Woes

While changing the litterbox isn’t the best part of having a cat, it can be useful as well as necessary. Pay attention to your pet’s litterbox contents. It’s a good sign if you don’t see anything unusual. You can also try a litter that will change color if something is wrong. Ask your vet for more information.

Curiosity

Our feline buddies are very inquisitive little furballs, and love to investigate, well, everything and anything. If Fluffy is constantly checking out boxes or paper bags, and sniffing at items you’ve brought home, she’s likely doing well.

Please reach out to us, your local Downey, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Creating the Purrfect Catio

Do you keep your kitty indoors? If so, that’s great! Cats are more independent than many pets: Fluffy is a skilled hunter, after all. However, our feline pals aren’t quite as ferocious as they want us to think. They face some serious dangers outside, and are both safer and healthier living indoors. That doesn’t mean your cat can’t enjoy a taste of nature, though. If you really want to pamper your furry pal, consider turning a screened porch, spare room, or even a sunny corner into a catio. A Downey, CA vet offers tips on creating a catio in this article.

Plants

Plants can really transform a space, and can give any room a fresh, cozy look. Set out some pet-safe plants for Fluffy to nibble on and hide behind. Spider plants, Boston ferns, African violets, Areca palms, Money tree plants, Rubber tree plants, and Ponytail palms are all good options, but there are many more. (Tip: the ASPCA has a great directory of both safe and unsafe plants here.) Another thing you may want to try is planting a bed of wheat grass in an old litterbox or storage tote. Once it’s grown out, your furry little buddy will have her own little lawn to look adorable on.

Toys

Toys are very important for your furry friend’s health and well-being. Make sure that your furball’s catio contains lots of fun playthings. Classic kitty toys, like plastic balls and catnip mice, will always be popular, but you can also offer your playful pet sometime modern, like an automated laser pointer, robotic mouse, or mechanical ‘swimming’ fish.

Purrniture

Be sure to add some kitty furniture to the catio. Fluffy certainly isn’t shy about napping on our couches, chairs, sofas, beds, or, well, pretty much anything else we own. However, your feline buddy will also enjoy—and benefit from—having some things that were made specifically for her, such as kitty tents, catwalks, pet tipis, and, of course, a good scratching post. Your cute pet will also appreciate a cat tower, and some comfy beds.

View

Kitties really enjoy watching birds and squirrels. Put a birdfeeder up in your feline friend’s line of sight. Fluffy may spend hours just daydreaming, birdwatching, and pretending to be a vicious hunter.

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

Cat Towers 101

Does your kitty have a cat tower? If so, that’s great! Fluffy may not be shy about taking a nap on your bed or sofa, but it’s good for her to have something that fits her specific needs. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet discusses cat towers.

Benefits of Cat Towers

Cat towers are great for our feline pals for several reasons. You may have noticed that many kitties like heights. Fluffy doesn’t have a great view of her kingdom from floor level, so she often tries to seek out better vantage points. In the wild, this usually means climbing trees. Cat towers are a great substitution! They also give your kitty a napping spot, manicure station, and a jungle gym. They also keep cats active, by encouraging them to jump and climb.

Placing The Cat Tower

Choosing the right spot for your cat tower is quite important. If possible, position it before a window with a good view. This will allow Fluffy to combine three of her favorite activities: sleeping, sunbathing, and birdwatching!

Choosing A Cat Tower

There are some things to keep in mind when choosing cat towers. How many kitties you have is one thing to consider. If you have more than one feline, you’ll want to choose a piece that will fit all of your pets at once. Fluffy’s age is another factor. Kittens usually love fun activity centers with lots of toys. Older cats, however, may prefer something with the lower level close to the ground, so they don’t have to climb as far. Purrsonality is also a factor. If you have a scaredy-cat, choose a tower that offers enclosed spaces for her to hide in. If your furball loves heights, get a really tall one.

Rekindling Kitty’s Interest

Sometimes cats lose interest in their furniture. If Fluffy doesn’t seem very interested in her cat tower anymore, try to make it more appealing to her. First and foremost, give it a good cleaning. Vacuuming is good, but if you have a steam cleaner with an attachment, use that. If the covering is really worn out, you may just want to replace it. Moving the tower to another spot may also help. You can also try sprinkling catnip around it.

Please call us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to offering great care!