When caring for a pet, the most important step is to make sure that it is healthy. This is your primary responsibility. When you have a cat, this is essential. You must be alert to changes in your cat’s behavior due to the fact that an animal can not tell you when something is wrong. Knowing when to call your veterinarian is extremely important, but it can be difficult to determine if something is going wrong with respect to the health of your cat.
Be familiar with your cat’s everyday routines. What are his everyday eating and toilet habits? Some felines eat their whole meal at once, while others nibble on their food throughout the day. If your cat’s eating habits change, this may signify a health problem. Know your cat’s toilet habits, watch the litter box, loose or wet stools, irregularity, and difficulties while urinating are all causes of concern. Every cat is different, so be aware of any changes in order to know when something is wrong with your cat.
Your cat’s everyday activities are also usually rather routine. You might have cause for concern if your cat is always active and then seems listless. As a cat ages, he will become less active and this is very normal, and some have less energy than others. Become concerned if your cat’s routine suddenly changes make a visit to your veterinarian. Is your pet having trouble walking or running? This could be the result of arthritis or an injury and may require a trip to the vet. Know your pet’s grooming patterns. Cats are normally fastidious about their appearance, so their coat should be clean and well cared for. Also, watch for over-grooming, as this may be a cause for concern.
You have to recognize emergency situations. If you are concerned about changes in your cat’s behavior, take your cat to the vet. If your cat is acting strangely or has abrasions on his body, or worse, go to the vet immediately, as he could have internal injuries. If your cat begins vomiting frequently, poison is a possible cause and this can cause death.
Always be vigilant, notice changes in routines or habits and go to the vet if you have any doubt about your cat’s health. Regular visits to the vet are the best way to keep your cat happy and healthy. Being the owner of an animal makes it your duty to provide care as required, and it’s better to err on the side of caution.