Feline Five: Five simple things you can do to improve your cat’s healthcare today.
Bayer HealthCare in collaboration with the American Association of Feline Practitioners have developed something they call the Feline Five. By adopting these simple steps today you can give your cat the best health care possible.
1. Make the cat carrier a familiar, comfortable place.
Reduce feline resistance to the cat carrier by placing it near to where the cat rests with soft bedding, leave the door open and occasionally place treats in the carrier.
Follow the link to a video for more information on cats and carriers.
2. Familiarize your cat with your car.
Prepare your cat for the car ride to the clinic by taking her on rides in the carrier as you run normal errands.
3. Recognize the importance of regular check-ups.
Since the first two years of a cat’s life equal 24 years of a human’s life – with each successive year equivalent to four human years – your cat needs veterinary check-ups at least annually.
4. Realize that cats keep secrets, so you must be a cat detective.
Health problems often go undetected for a long time because cats hide signs of illness, so be attentive.
5. Know the signs of illness and injury.
Signs include: changes in interactions, activity, sleeping habits, food and water consumption, grooming and/or vocalization; unexplained weight loss or gain; signs of stress; and/or bad breath.