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A String Around Your Finger: Don’t Forget About Indoor Cat Care
Many cat owners are amazing at keeping routine wellness appointments for their indoor felines. However, anecdotal evidence shows that a large number of indoor cats do not receive regular veterinary care. If this sounds familiar, we understand that it’s often easier to remain at home than to force a cat to travel. Plus, cats – especially those who are safe from accidental injury or exposure to disease – give the impression they don’t really need a check-up. However, indoor cat care is vital to health and longevity.
More About That Impression
Even highly responsible cat owners shrug off routine care. Much of this has to do with the stress associated with the travel kennel and possibly upsetting experiences in the past. Indoor cats may also be perceived as being “healthier” because they aren’t directly exposed to parasites or fights with other animals.
Wellness care is certainly more of a priority for outdoor cats, yet indoor cat care hinges on the same factors: parasite prevention and vaccinations.
It’s important to note that indoor cats can become infected with heartworm via mosquitoes found inside the home. They can also become infested with fleas that hitch a ride and can even contract rabies if a feral animal gets inside. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to indoor cat care.
Hide and Seek
To further complicate this issue, the feline species is notorious for hiding signs of injury or illness. As a method of self-preservation, you may not necessarily know that your indoor cat is suffering. With routine care once or twice a year, we have the opportunity to check for anything amiss with your cat’s health, making early detection and effective treatments possible.
If an illness progress to the point where you notice symptoms, you may be looking at an emergency situation. Some of the most common medical conditions facing cats include:
- Kidney disease
- Dental disease
- Heart disease
Veterinary diagnostics and preventive care go a long way toward excellent indoor cat care.
All Cats Need Dental Care
Indoor cats are also not immune to the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. In fact, a majority of all cats suffer from periodontal disease in one stage or another. Routine dental care is a focal point for indoor cat care, and we’re happy to help you address your cat’s teeth via professional exams and cleanings. We also strongly encourage daily tooth brushing at home.
Diet and nutrition play a major role in the health of your indoor cat. Because exercise and mental stimulation are drastically reduced, extra calories can quickly equate to extra pounds. At routine wellness visits, we keep a very close eye on any weight changes and can help your cat get back in shape if needed.
Without Indoor Cat Care
Annual or semi-annual wellness exams positively impact indoor cat care, and we’re happy to help you with any related questions or concerns.