You want your little pussy to be healthy all the time. But like human beings cats too face general health problems. But taking care of small things you can go a long way in keeping your cat hale and hearty.
Annual Check up: Have a thorough annual check up of your pussy
done by an experienced vet. This should include examination of the cat's
body, from nose to tail; weighing and taking its temperature; listening
to the cats heart and lungs; checking for abnormal discharges from any
bodily orifices, including eyes and nose; checking its teeth, gums and
ears; inspecting for parasites and abscesses; feeling the cats internal
organs. Stool test should also be conducted to test the presence of
Vaccination: Get your cat vaccinated against all the common
Excessive licking and grooming: Excessive licking and grooming
can have several causes: stress, food allergies, and more. The first
step is to take the cat to a vet to determine whether it's a health or
behavior problem. Many cats are allergic to corn, a main ingredient in
most dried cat foods. If an allergy is suspected change the cat's food
and watch for improvements in your cat's coat and behavior. Your vet can
suggest brands of food that will help the most. If the licking is due to
stress, try to remove the source, or simply manage the stress.
Poisonous House Plants: Be cautious when choosing houseplants
for your home, if you have kitties or children. The Berries on Mistletoe
are poisonous to cats and humans. Other dangerous plants to cats
include: Diffenbachia, Poinsettia, English ivy, Crocus, and others.
Neutering/Spaying: Get your cat neutered or spayed preferably at
the age of 6-7 months
Increased Thirst: Increased thirst is an indicator of diabetes,
kidney or liver problems, and these are important to consider with the
health care of an elderly cat. Although an older cat needs fewer
calories and more fluids as he ages, it is better to consult a
veterinarian and go for a thorough checkup.
Controlling Hairballs: Hairballs are a problem mostly in
longhaired cats. Hairballs are caused by too much hair in the cat's
stomach from their own grooming. Daily brush your cat, especially during
the warm months of the year to prevent hairballs. If the problem still
persists take your cat to a vet.
Ear mite: Ear mites are highly infectious little pests that feed
on the lining of the ear canals. Its symptoms include scratching behind
the ear and inside the ear; a dark brown wax inside the ear; and other
signs that are not visible without the special equipment a vet uses.
Take the cat to a vet immediately if you suspect that she has an ear
mite. Persistent medication is required to treat ear mites.