If you have a cat, there’s a pretty good chance that you have some stories to tell about your feline buddy. Many of these kitty ‘tails’ include near misses. Fluffy doesn’t actually have nine lives, but she doesn’t seem to have gotten that memo. Part of being a good cat owner (or servant) entails keeping your kitty safe from mishaps, illness, and injury. A Clarkesville, GA vet offers some safety tips in this article.
Keep Kitty In
First and foremost: we can’t overstate how much safer your cat will be if she is kept indoors. As soon as your kitty sets those cute little paws outside, she’s at risk from a whole slew of hazards. Cars, weather, chemicals, wild animals, and parasites are just a few of the things that can threaten your furry friend. Even a scuffle with a neighbor’s cat can lead to dangerous wounds and infections.
Kitties are naturally curious and playful. Fluffy may be cute, lovable, and innocent, but don’t forget that she’s a hunter at heart. Unfortunately, your feline pal isn’t able to discern what is and isn’t suitable ‘prey’ for her. Cats face the risks of entanglement, choking, or internal issues by eating or playing with something unsafe. Take time to address potential hazards, such as toxic plants, wires and cords, small or sharp objects, chemicals, and medication.
You’ve heard the saying about how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? That’s certainly true when it comes to veterinary care. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to protect your kitty from things like parasites and diseases than it is to treat them. If your furry pal hasn’t been in for a while, make an appointment for her ASAP.
Get Fluffy Fixed
Most people cite preventing unwanted litters as the main reason for getting Fluffy fixed, However, your kitty will also be calmer, healthier, and better behaved after. Cats that have been spayed or neutered have lower risks of developing many health issues, such as ovarian cancer. They’re also less likely to try to run off in search of love. That alone is very important for Fluffy’s safety.
Never underestimate a kitty’s capacity to get into trouble. Keep a close eye on Fluffy. (You may need to occasionally pluck her out of dangerous places or positions, but that’s just purr for the course with cats.)
Is your cat due for a veterinary exam? Contact us, your local Clarkesville, GA pet hospital today!