Cute! There’s just no other word to describe a kitten. Your cat’s early years are so important in forming its general health and behavioural habits. Based on your cat’s breed and early medical assessment, your Vet can assist you in establishing a balanced dietary and health plan for the kitten’s special needs. Ensure that your kitten has the best chance at growing into its magnificent prime.
Cats are legendary for their longevity. Adulthood can run for many years and it’s important to have your Vet help you understand how to manage the gradual changes in your maturing pet. Adulthood requires stability with subtle changes along the way in areas like nutrition and activity. If your cat is an outdoor cat, your Vet can also help you monitor changes that signal exposure to health risks from that more adventurous lifestyle.
The senior feline requires special consideration. Lower levels of activity mean an appropriate adjustment in dietary planning. Age has specialized nutritional needs. Consulting with your Vet about the best choices around food and treats for your cat will ensure that you provide a solid foundation for health through the senior years. Also, understanding changes in your aging pet’s behaviour will help you relate to you companion in a supportive, balanced way.
Wet food? Dry kibble? What kind of treats? What’s the best choice for my pet? These questions puzzle many cat owners. Your Vet can outline the benefits of different food choices for your cat. Depending on age, health profile and activity level you can design a nutrition plan for your pet that will contribute to balanced weight and good health. Island Animal Hospital carries a comprehensive range of cat foods for all needs. Ask the staff for information.
Indoor cats aren’t at the same risk of exposure to the troublesome parasites that plague their outdoor cousins. But if you have an outdoor cat, chances are it may bring home small unwelcome passengers just waiting to move on to any other cats or pets you have in the home. Ask your Vet about the best course of effective vaccinations to protect your pet(s) from these troublesome and sometimes critically dangerous parasites.
Spaying/Neutering your cat is an important decision you have to make as a pet owner. The ramifications of your choice are medical, social and behavioural. You should be aware of how this will affect your cat. You should also be aware of the reasons people choose to undertake this procedure and why some choose not to. Either way, a consultation with your Vet is an important first step in making this choice in an informed way.