5 Simple Ways You Can Extend Your Cat’s Nine Lives

Did you know that nearly 58% of cats don’t see their vets on an annual basis? This is problematic because cats are very good at hiding discomfort and pain, making it difficult for cat parents to know their kitties need veterinary care.  Luckily, giving your cat’s health a bit of attention isn’t hard. All it takes is learning more about your cat’s needs and staying consistent. How can you lengthen your cat’s nine lives?

1. Schedule an Annual Check-Up for Your Cat

Cats are some of our favorite patients. When a cat comes in, we love the excitement of learning more about their personality and being able to help them feel their best. Cats need veterinary check-ups just as often as dogs.

When you bring your cat in to see us, we will recommend and administer vaccinations to protect your cat’s health. We will also check your cat for any signs or symptoms of concern. During your cat’s exam, feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

We offer cats the best diagnostic care, treatment, and preventative care.

2. Notice When Your Cat Displays Signs of Pain or Discomfort

Cats tend to hide pain well. This is an instinctive trait that protects them in the wild. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for cat owners to know when their cat isn’t feeling well.

Because of this, you will have to pay close attention to your cat’s behavior and pick up on subtle clues of discomfort. By bringing your cat in when they’re not feeling well, you can prevent your cat from needlessly suffering, and you may even save their life.

What signs indicate that your cat needs an appointment?

  • Hiding
  • Vomiting 
  • Staring
  • Using the bathroom outside of the litter box
  • Vocalizing
  • Little to no appetite
  • Limping
  • Favoring a limb
  • Excessive nasal discharge
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Change in disposition

3. Keep Your Cat Engaged with Enrichment and Exercise

Cats need mental and physical activity to stay healthy and feel their best. Daily enrichment wards off depression and anxiety. It also helps reduce the effects of dementia for senior kitties. (Not to mention daily exercise keeps your cat in better physical shape).

To keep your cat active, use toys. Catnip can give cats a little extra encouragement.

For extra mental stimulation, clear off your windowsill. Cats love to sit and watch the birds and squirrels (especially at this time of year), and you can bet that they will enjoy it more than streaming the Cat Channel.

4. Groom Your Cat

Not only does your cat like being brushed, but the soothing feel of the brush removes excess fur and dirt. While regular brushing will make your cat’s coat shine, it will also strengthen the bond between you and give you a chance to see if your pet has any bumps, scrapes, cuts, or lumps that will need to be brought to our attention.

You need to check your cat’s nails as well and trim them when necessary.  Need an extra set of hands? We can help you clip your cat’s nails at their next appointment.

5. Feed Your Cat the Best Diet

Cats can be picky--we all know that--but finding the right food for your cat’s individual needs can extend their life, give them energy, and, of course, make them happy. With all of the choices on the market, it can be tough deciding which is best for your feline friend. Would they benefit more from a urinary tract formula or a senior mix? We can sort out your cat’s nutritional needs next time we see you.

We Can Make Those Nine Lives Longer

Schedule an appointment for your cat right now. While there’s nothing better than hearing that your cat is in good health, it is just as important to know that you have brought your cat in early enough so that their health issues were diagnosed and received the specialized care that will return them to the happy and healthy feline that you have known and loved.

Give us a call at 651-770-3250.

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