Cat Health & Well-being

If you want to be a good pet parent, keeping your cat healthy should be one of your biggest priorities. Advice and supplies from veterinarians can greatly improve a cat’s quality of life in the case of illness or old age.



Diseases

Taking proper care of a cat involves a lot more than just providing some food and shelter. One of the more tricky parts to cat ownership is felines’ natural reluctance to show signs of pain or weakness. But that does not mean they don’t suffer from pain like we do. It is therefor extra important that the owner frequently checks for diseases, infections, possible injuries and parasites.

Our articles should help you get a basic idea of things to look out for, and give you an idea of the kinds of questions you could ask during your trip to the vet.

Mental health

Mental health conditions are sadly often overlooked in cats. mainly because symptoms are usually non-specific and because cats have the nasty habit of hiding their pain and anguish. One of the most common causes for feline depression is a lack of stimulation during the day. Cats kept indoors need sufficient affection and play time to stay happy and fit.

Renal diseases

The kidneys have a vital function in the body. When the organ suddenly fails as a result of food poisoning or starts to deteriorate due to poor diet choices or old age, this can have a severe impact on your pet’s general health. Chronic kidney disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in older cats.

Treatment of chronic kidney disease is certainly possible and can have a profound positive effect on the quality of life for CKD cats. But not just cats with CKD need a regular trip to the vet: yearly checkups are essential for the early detection of chronic renal problems.

Gum Disease

An often overlooked but crucial aspect of caring for cats is maintaining their oral hygiene. Keeping gingivitis in check by routinely removing plaque and tartar with a brush or wipes prevents periodontal disease. A range of products is available on the market to help you maintain your cat’s oral hygiene.

Diabetes

When the body becomes insensitive to insulin, it will have major problems maintaining normal levels of the sugar glucose in the blood. This is also known as type 2 diabetes; the type that cats mostly suffer from. Treating diabetes is possible by applying a restrictive diet that is lower in carbohydrates. Vets can also offer other forms of treatment.

Hairballs

Cats spend a good amount of the day cleaning their fur with their tongue and paws. This grooming ritual is also a part of the social behaviors amongst cats that live together. Loose hairs that are swallowed can clog together over time and form a hairball: a ball in the back of the throat that can lead to irritations and blockages if it is not expelled in due time.

Raising kittens

If your cat came from an animal shelter, or if you adopted her from the streets, she will likely be quite shy in her new surroundings. One of the best parts of owning a cat is that you can build trust with your cat and watch her slowly open up and become more affectionate towards you.

Even more rewarding is the experience that some people get when they take it upon themselves to take care of kittens without a mother. If you raise a kitten from birth, the bond that the two of you have can be quite unique and satisfying.