Cats are domestic felines that tend to appropriate the hearts of people, generating often intense relationships with their owners. That is why it is important that if you want your cat to have a long life, you provide it with all the necessary care.
Whether you already have a cat in your home, or you are thinking of adopting a feline, the following recommendations will serve as a guide for the care of your cat.
Keys to a long cat life
- Vaccines. Just as in humans, for your cat to have a long life you must start early in the care of your cat. These include the control of vaccinations, which is what can protect you from certain pathologies. What any veterinarian can recommend is that you have your dog’s vaccination schedule up to date. In addition, vaccination of the cat against other pathologies may be recommended due to different circumstances. This type of control is essential to prolong the life of your cat.
- Microchip. If your cat has a microchip, this will be particularly useful in case it gets lost. A microchip is an identification tool consisting of a chip that is implanted under the cat’s skin. This device has an identification number that allows the pet owner to be recognized if the pet is lost and taken to a veterinarian or a shelter. It should be noted that the chip is inserted between the shoulder blades and is a painless procedure that lasts a few seconds.
- Sterilization. It is a medical surgical procedure that must be prescribed and performed by a veterinarian. To determine the moment in which it should be performed, it is advisable to carry out the evaluation with the veterinarian, who will be the one to recommend the best options for the process. A spay or neuter at the right time will help not only to improve the quality of life for your feline pet, but also to prevent the proliferation of uncontrolled cats.
- Food. The right diet for your cat should be made taking into account different factors such as size, age, breed and even the pathologies that the cat may have. One recommendation is that foods combine dry and wet. This is because dry foods ensure good dental health, while wet foods contribute to the animal’s hydration. It will always be important to listen to your veterinarian’s advice on the best way to feed your cat.
- Avoid overweight. From a very early age, it is possible for your cat to have healthy eating habits that prevent him from gaining weight. Remember that a neutered cat tends to gain weight more easily, so you should pay close attention to feeding. It is good to weigh the rations so as not to overfeed it.
- Hygiene. It is true that cats often spend long hours grooming themselves. However, there is one thing you can do about it and that is to brush their fur. This will prevent the formation of hairballs in the digestive tract. If you get your cat used to brushing from an early age, it will accept it better than an adult cat.
- Veterinarian. Last but not least, regular visits to the veterinarian are vital for your cat to live a healthy life. At least one visit per year is recommended
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