You adore your indoor kitties and lovingly dote on them with tasty treats and the best toys. But when it comes to taking them to the doc, do you give as much attention? Indoor cats are different and don’t need to visit the vet as much, correct?
The reality is that indoor cats should see a veterinarian just as regularly as a pet that ventures outside. With September being Happy Cat Month, we’re going to cover a few items to help keep your indoor cat happy and healthy.
Many people are great about taking their new kitten to the vet. After all, they are still young and their immune systems are susceptible to diseases. While their systems will mature and develop some immunities, this doesn’t mean that your cat becomes impermeable to viruses. You should be just as diligent with your adult cat’s health as with your kitten’s.
It’s almost impossible to resist petting a friend’s cat or the kitties up for adoption at your local pet store. But did you know that you can bring home a virus by doing this? Some animals, even those who seem healthy, can “shed” viruses and you could be unknowingly transferring them to your pet, hence the need for regular vaccinations and wellness visits.
As you’re well aware, cats are naturally curious. Even the most laid-back homebody can get an itch to venture outdoors. It’s not uncommon for an indoor cat to scoot out the door. No matter how long they are outside, there’s a chance they can acquire a virus, fleas, ticks or more. Preventative care is necessary to keep your cat healthy in the event they make a break for it.
Just as important as keeping your cat vaccinated, going to the veterinarian allows you to keep an eye on your cat’s overall health. Cats are notorious for keeping their illnesses secret. Regular visits to the vet can help you discover if your pet is suffering in silence and give you the opportunity to treat any issues before they become chronic or worse. Periodontal disease is a very common problem with many cats. This can be a very painful condition that can be avoided with regular check ups and dental care. Chronic renal disease and hyperthyroid conditions are two other problems that are common as your feline friend ages.
Your indoor cat can run into many of the same health troubles as one that frequents the great outdoors. Routine check-ups with a veterinarian can help you prevent your pet from contracting diseases and catch issues before they become too problematic. If it has been a while since your indoor kitty has visited the vet, make them an appointment today!