Cats are very affectionate, elusive and very clever animals. If you are thinking of getting a cat, it is convenient to know that living with this pet, despite its unquestionable cleanliness (they are self-sufficient and clean themselves, it is not necessary to bathe them) and their warm presence, entails some responsibilities about their care. It happens that cats develop a remarkable sense to hide problems and symptoms related to their health .
Its great capacity of ‘camouflage’ makes its owners, sometimes, not realize. That is why it is so important to take them to the veterinarian, at least once a year (in the case of adult cats, from 7 years of age, it is recommended to do it every six months to perform some specific check-ups).
The first visit to the veterinarian should be done as soon as possible to check your general health. There they will give us tricks about their education, their diet and other care , in addition to teaching us to be attentive to different signs that could indicate a health problem.
On the one hand, food is key to a healthy life . It must be chosen according to the characteristics of the animal, its age, its breed, if it is sterilized … This way we will guarantee that our cat receives the nutrients it really needs.
Regarding the health problems they may present, kidney diseases, hyperthyroidism, urinary stones, feline flu, overweight or obesity are some of the most frequent and only your veterinarian can detect them on time.
Tricks to take your cat to the vet
The cat is an animal that tends to stress when it leaves its surroundings or its routines, so it is so important to prepare the visit to the veterinarian well to make it a positive experience for him.
These are some tricks that can help you:
- You must always go in your carrier. To make it fun to get in there, a trick is to leave it open in a room and let him in and out, like a game.
- You can enter an object or item of clothing, so that the smell is familiar.
- Cover the carrier during travel and keep it that way until you enter the consultation. In this way the cat will not stress with the trip or with the rest of the animals in the waiting room.