Cats are remarkable creatures and many people love them because of their low-maintenance, self-sufficient kind of lifestyles. However, don’t let the idea of cats’ self-sufficiency make you too comfortable. They still need veterinary attention, the same as dogs. One of the things that make cats so remarkable is their ability to hide any signs of illness, which means that a lot of the time you might not know your cat is sick until he or she is really sick.
There are several stages in a cat’s life and health needs to be monitored throughout to assure that the cat is living the healthiest way possible. Cats go from kittens to adulthood to being elderly, senior cats and can live up to 25 years. In order to make sure your cat lives the longest life it can, there are several things that need to be monitored. Nutrition and weight management are two very important things to ensure that your cat is healthy. Proper weight depends on your cat’s breed, activity level and any underlying health conditions that might be present. Dental health is often overlooked in cats and needs to be monitored with regular veterinary visits.
Environment and behavior need to be monitored and can actually help indicate if there are any issues in your cat’s life. The environment will need to change to adapt your aging cat’s behavior changes. Kittens tend to be more active and playful while older cats nap more. Cats have individual personalities and it’s up to you to watch your kitty to make sure there aren’t any odd behaviors that might indicate illness.
Changes can happen in a short period of time and sick cats might not show any sign of the illness until they’re very ill and early detection can allow for early intervention. Make sure that you bring your cat in at least once a year; as long as there aren’t any signs of a problem, to make sure that he or she is healthy and doesn’t have any indications of illness.
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