3 Things Responsible Cat Owners Should Do

Having a pet cat is no joke. It entails a lot of responsibilities on the part of the owner. You need to keep in mind that your pet’s life depends entirely on you. Your choices can affect whether or not your cat will live a healthy and happy life. It’s also essential to be totally committed to your cat. As we know, cats (or animals in general) know and understand more than we think. When you commit to your cat, make sure that it’s for a lifetime and that you put in your best effort to look after and love your pet.

Exercise

Your pets need exercise as much as you do. When it comes to your cats, you simply cannot let them become overweight. Try your best to help them maintain their lean figure. Keep in mind that feline obesity can lead to more serious complications like heart disease, skin disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.

Oral Care

Keeping your cat’s teeth clean is of vital importance. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of pet care that is often overlooked. Just like with people, cats can develop dental diseases that make it painful to eat. It’s a known fact that your cat probably does not have the most pleasant breath! While this is quite normal, you should pay more attention if your cat has extremely foul breath. This is a warning sign for oral problems and has the potential to get worse if ignored. Your cat can end up suffering from more gum problems.

Just like us humans, your cat should actually have at least an annual oral check up. Don’t forget to add that to the calendar! You also need to clean your cat’s teeth regularly (yet another often neglected point). Cats aren’t the easiest pets to deal with so you’re best off getting your little kitten accustomed to it so you don’t have to deal with an extremely reluctant adult feline.

Regular Visits to the Vet 

This should go without saying. To have a concrete idea of your cat’s health, you need to take them to see a vet regularly. No matter how observant you are, there is still a chance that you have completely missed the signs that your cat is sick. Your vet can give you sound advice on vaccinations, nutrition, weight management, flea control and more.

If you’re wondering how often you should be taking your cat to the vet, I would suggest at least once every 6 months. Some people might think it’s a bit of an overkill since they only take their cat to the vet if there’s a problem but I believe in regular checkups. This is because your kitten’s health can change very quickly within a short few months or even weeks. If your cat is sick, it might also not have any obvious signs that you might detect. Hence, in this case, a vet checkup could spot any illness and seek to address any issues early on.

Instead of merely depending on your vet, it is also advisable to do your own check ups on your cat at home. This will help you to be familiar with your cat’s health, so you’d know if something is out of the ordinary for your kitty. If you find that something has changed, you will be able to take your cat to the vet early.

 

This article presented three things responsible cat owners should do. Always keep them in mind.

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