Keeping your cat happy and healthy

Ensuring your cat lives a long, healthy life involves more than regular visits to the vet's office. Check out these tips for keeping your cat happy and healthy.

Proper nutrition and hydration are two of the most important elements necessary to maintaining your cat's health. Malnourished cats frequently develop illnesses. Remember that cats are carnivores and require meat in their diets. The best possible diet for your cat means it will be high in animal protein and low in carbohydrates. An excess of carbs can lead to diabetes in your feline friend, so avoid meals high in sugar.

Cats might not have a strong thirst drive, but a lack of water in your cat's diet will lead to urinary tract issues. Be sure to always leave a bowl of clean water accessible to your cat to avoid this altogether.

Finally, remember that cats have teeth that need to be cared for too! While you might not think to take care of your kitty's teeth like you do your own, cats are easily susceptible to oral health diseases. Vets recommend you brush your cat's teeth regularly to reduce the risk of plaque and tartar build-up. You can also try dissolvable formulas that can be added to your cat's drinking water. This can also help reduce any oral risks your cat may face.

Keep in mind that you should also schedule regular veterinary appointments for your pet. It is recommended that cat owners take their furry friends to the vet once a year. A newly adopted cat should be taken within the first week and kittens within the first three days.

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