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Posted on 09-11-2017
Established by the CATalyst Council in efforts to spread feline pet awareness, Happy Health Cat Month strives to remind everyone that cats need human contact and regular pet care provided by their veterinarian and owners. Happy cats are healthy, vaccinated, energetic cats that receive plenty of love from their owners. Happy Healthy Cat Month also wants people to know that cats are not the independent, self-sufficient creatures they might think they are. Cats left to fend for themselves inevitably suffer from malnutrition, diseases, dog/wild animal attacks and early death.
To ensure your cat’s well-being, our veterinarian in Lewistown and Mifflintown recommend maintaining your pet’s health by scheduling regular exams. We recommend the following to help your cat be happy and healthy.
Getting your cat spayed or neutered at our Lewistown cat boarding and veterinary clinic is the first step towards ensuring you enjoy many years of loving companionship with your cat. Both procedures help reduce the stray cat population while improving the health of older cats by decreasing their risk of chronic diseases.
Core vaccinations (rabies, feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia) prevent serious infectious diseases from sickening your kitten or cat. Your Lewistown vet may also recommend non-core vaccinations, depending on your cat's environment and lifestyle.
Cats scratch to stretch their claws and keep their claws healthy and sharp. Always provide cats with scratching posts so they can indulge this behavior freely. Unless something is available like a scratching post, they will experiment with your furniture!
Our Lewistown cat boarding and vet clinic provides preventive pills and collars to stop heartworm, flea and tick infestations in cats. Even strictly indoor cats should be protected from parasites since insects can easily enter your home when you open a door or window.
Cats love to chase, play with and prey on cat toys. Give your cat at least an hour or two of one-on-one time every day. Cats are social creatures that will bond to other cats.
To schedule a pet wellness exam for your cat or to learn more about proper pet care, please call Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic at 717-248-4703.
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