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National Cat Health Month

February is the month of love, right? Well, why not extend that love to your cat! February is known as National Cat Health Month, which gives you the perfect opportunity to give your cat even more love! Cats are the country’s most popular pet, but are still taken to the vet less often and receives less care than canines. 

A yearly checkup is a must for a cat. It is one of the best ways to keep a cat at their best possible health and to discuss vaccinations, boosters and titers. These will help prevent your cat from contracting serious illnesses if he is exposed to other cats. A yearly checkup also gives a vet the opportunity to look at the cat and see if they notice any changes year to year. Cats are very good at hiding illnesses, leaving their humans scared and confused when something comes up that hasn't been detected before.  

Has your cat got some extra tummy weight? Some people may think that their fat cats are cute, but being overweight or obese can be a major health issue for cats. In 2014, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention conducted a study that found 58% of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Diseases including diabetes, arthritis, constipation, skin irritation and infection, heart/lung/blood vessel diseases, and others which can be prevented if a cat can lose a few pounds. 

Spending time wrestling with your cat to brush their teeth doesn’t sound fun for either you or your cat (or your scratched arms), but if you’re dedicated and consistent with your cats dental health, hopefully your cat can come to enjoy it. Like carrying a few extra pounds, periodontal disease has negative side effects, which is why it is better to start prevention early. If not, bad breath, decreased appetite, lethargy, trouble chewing and expensive visits to the vet for teeth extractions can happen. Talking to a vet can help you determine the daily home dental care needed for a cat. 

A common myth is that cats rule the roost and can be fickle. But that doesn’t mean that they still don’t need love. In fact, new studies have shown that, yes, cats actually do love their chosen humans! Keeping a close bond with your pet is important for you and your pet. Let them know they are loved by spending time on the couch and snuggling them. Pet them, give belly rubs, enjoy their purring against your chest. Maybe even give them a bit of catnip! 
    This National Cat Health Month, keep in mind the best interests of your feline friend.