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RHMN 08-27-2009 08:32 PM

Helping Your Cat Stay Healthy

To keep your cat healthy a majority of time, all you really need to do is give him good shelter, food, and plenty of water. Like other living things however, cats can get sick from time to time no matter what you do.

As a cat owner, you’ll want to ensure that you feed your cat only the best. Premium cat food is the ideal for cats, as the food is designed to keep your pet happy and healthy. You’ll also need to pay attention to his behavior, so you’ll know when he’s sick and when to take him to the vet. Most of the more common ailments and sicknesses are minor, although there are some cases where a vet can be the determining factor between life and death for your cat.

Your cat’s behavior will be one of the most critical factors when you are trying to determine whether or not he is under the weather. Acting sluggish, laying around all the time, lack of energy and not eating are all signs that you need to take him to the vet immediately. His coat is also a good thing to watch as well. If you notice his coat dull and patchy or notice him shedding abnormally, you should contact your vet as soon as you possibly can.

Diarrhea and vomiting are sometimes common, even with basic sickness. On the other hand, if your cat seems to be doing either one of the two for more than a day, you should contact your veterinarian. Coughing is common as well, simply because coughing will cats dislodge hairballs. If your cat seems to be coughing for another reason, you should have him checked out as soon as possible.

To ensure that your cat isn’t subjected to various diseases, you should always make sure that he stays up do date with his vaccinations. There are several diseases out there that require vaccinations, including rabies and feline distemper. Feline distemper is one of most devastating diseases a cat can get, yet it is also one of the easiest to prevent as well. The disease strikes cats very fast, and leaves you as an own very little time to seek treatment.

Feline leukemia is another disease that is very deadly, yet can be prevented early on with the proper vaccinations. Although the disease isn’t possible for humans to contract, it can be spread quickly among cats. There are vaccinations that can treat the disease these days, although you’ll still want to be careful and not expose other cats around a cat you know has feline leukemia.

Another problem, which is very common with cats that stay outdoors, is worms. Cats that have worms will normally have a lackluster coat and little to no appetite. There are several different types of worms, including ringworm and hookworm. Worms can come from fleas, lice, or even the organs of dead rodents that cats consume. Normally, the cat will digest the eggs which will later mature and attach themselves to the walls of the intestines. If you feed your cat garlic frequently during feedings, it can help to protect him against worms.

If you take care of your cat, chances are you’ll keep him healthy for years to come. You should always make sure he has quality food, and doesn’t miss any of his scheduled checkups with the vet. If he gets the proper vaccinations when he is required to get them, he should be safe against numerous pests and diseases. Taking the proper steps with your cat now will prevent anything from happening in the future.

KatrineA 08-27-2009 09:30 PM

Great post, informative as usual! I think I agree on everything.

Just remember that not all of us have male cats :D I know it's easier to type "he", than "he/she", but I've studied feminism for two years and feel the need to point that out :D

PantherPride 08-30-2009 12:09 PM

Taking in the account of the risk of possible disease and accidents (hay trees can fall on our houses but we don't stop having trees to shade our yards do we?) an indoor only cat thats fixed but didn't see a vet would probably live longer on Raw diet or a canned diet such as EVO,Instincts,Wellness core, Natures Logic, then an indoor only cat that ate Purina or Friskies or science diet but saw a vet every year


2 reasons= diet and lifestyle

Diet= a high grade diet prevents many of the same problems that pledge most cats such as dental problems, obesity,cancer, kidney failure,ect. The raw/natural diet cat would be able to live to its maxium life span provided the diet was done correctly, it lived a low stress life and it didn't get outside or pick up a disease again very low risk, Well the vet cats body would slowly break down from poor diet and the stress of seeing a doctor so much would edvantually along with the normal process of aging would prove to be to much,ect,ect.:(

lifestyle= Sense both cats are inside only the risk of contracting the diseases are low even really serious and deadly diseases such as rabies, you have to be in contact with a rabid animal rare in most households. Feline luk, needs a host, most inside cats don't come in contact with it unless you bring in a strange outdoor cat or let your cat outdoors. Fleas are almost non existent in an average home too... they have to eat a mouse or come in contact with another cat/dog who has fleas, sense we are not normal hosts for cat fleas unless they are litterly starving its probably a myth we can give fleas to cats unless we visit a home thats just had front line on flea infested cats.

I have two cats that are not on flea meds I go outside,walk through forest areas all the time and they are still flea free. I have flea combs and check every now and then but they are flea free. :-D

Some vaccines can even be dangerous ( rarely) (and not only are there vets would push garbage diets they are vets that offer de claw packs):(

There are good vets though, and they are great to have,but be wary.;)

acerlt 08-30-2009 12:16 PM

Much of this post is a duplicate of one that was posted a week or two ago. I remember it, because I addressed the OPs use of the words "vaccine to treat feline leukemia".

there is no vaccine that treats FeLV. Once a cat has it, s/he always has it.

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