A cat is sick when he/she is idler than usual. Some cats are lazy, and that is the typical trait of cats who have reached adulthood. They eat, mate, and sleep. In fact, eighty percents of cat’s life are spent on sleeping. But when there is a health problem involved, the behavior is different from the habitual idleness. You will notice it if you are a good pet observant.
Anyway, here are some health tips for your cat. Read this through to make yourself a well-informed pet owner.
Avoid Giving Raw Fish to Kittens
Contrary to what we commonly see in TV commercials, fish is not always good for cats, especially for the kittens. Raw fish has an enzyme that can degrade vitamin B1, of which the deficiency can be fatal to kittens. Loss of coordination, abnormal weight loss, and seizures are the symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency.
Always pick the safest path by giving the kittens cooked foods. Even raw water can be contaminated with bacteria that can cause diarrhea to them. Kittens are still vulnerable and sensitive. You must give extra care and attention to them.
Diversify the Instant Foods
When having a pet, we often rely solely on the pet food products available on the market. Whether the wet or the dry one, ready-to-eat pet foods contain preservatives that might not be good for cat’s health in the long run. It is better for you to feed your cat with foods you prepare by yourself. Buy cheap bones and leftover meats from the butcher or fish store. Chicken heads will do the trick too. Cats eat innards and cartilage, so whenever you buy meats, give your cat those parts. If you want to cook the innards, you can steam or boil them.
Once in a while, it is okay to feed them with dry foods from pet stores. In fact, some foods might function as medication, such as urinary cat food. It is specifically designed to improve the health of cat’s urinary tract. Use the food if your cats have a history of bladder stones, infection, or blocked urethra.
Keeping the Litter Clean
The number one rule of survival is that we must not eat where we excrete. Fecal matters contain bacteria and waste the body dispose of. And if we spend time around those organic waste too much, we can get sick. The same rule applies to cats, especially if you cage them.
If you put your cat in a cage, change the litter every day. Never wait until it looks nasty. Also, observe if there are worms in the cat’s poop. It will be the most visible indicator of worm infestation.
Scheduling the Vet Visit
It does not matter how you claim yourself to know cats very well. The truth is that you are not a vet. Vets can precisely identify what happens to your cat, not with instinct but controlled tests. Cat’s owners, on the other hand, often delude themselves to be an all-knowing figure when it comes to their cat.
Remember, if you truly love your cat, you will put your ego aside and do the right thing, which is to trust the vets. Visit the clinic frequently, and do not take the prescription lightly.