Have you ever wondered what it really takes to keep your furbaby healthy? When facing a kitty who doesn’t speak English – and maybe only really tries to talk when food is involved – we have to be a little proactive! These are a few easy things you can stay on top of to keep your furbaby in purr-fect health!

1. Vaccination

Remember to always have a chat with your vet to see which types of vaccines your cat needs.

My indoor cat is vaccinated every year. For good reason. The F3 vaccination is awesome, which is why we recommend it for every cat. It prevents the nasty cat flu (calicivirus and herpesvirus) from baring its teeth and also protects against the deadly feline panleukopaenia.

If your cat has the tendency to slip outdoors, we also highly recommend the addition of the FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – cat AIDS, essentially) and FeLV (Feline Leukaemia Virus). You’d be surprised by the number of feral cats in Sydney. A nastier surprise still would be for your cat to be infected by these incurable viruses.

2. Flea and worming

Protecting against fleas and worms are essential to keeping your furbaby in top shape! A combination of spot-ons and tablets will ensure your kitty cat is fully protected from tummy worms and fleas. Some worms can even infect YOU! Yuck! That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of things. Come and visit one of our nurses at My Vet Animal Hospital – Waterloo – for free worming and flea advice!

Milbemax is the go-to worming tablet here at My Vet. The tablet is super small compared to other worming tablets and they’re beef flavoured!

3. Keeping an eye on the loo

If your kitty cat uses a litter tray, keep an eye on their poop and pee! If your cat goes outdoors, don’t forget to check there too! Make a mental note on how often they are pooing and peeing. The poos should be roughly the same consistency, shape and colour between days. Its also important that your cat is peeing normal amounts on a regular basis. Any changes in poop and pee could be an early indicator of something more serious. If your cat is not using their litter tray properly, come down and have a chat with one of the vets here at My Vet Animal Hospital – Waterloo, or take a look at this video for some tips!

4. You are what you eat!

Here at My Vet Animal Hospital – Waterloo, we recommend a good quality dry food. Feeding 90% good quality dry food and 10% treats e.g. cooked chicken breast, is the purrfect ration to ensure good teeth, good weight and good poops! We recommend choosing a diet from Hills Science Diet or Royal Canin as they are the only complete and balanced diets that are AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) tested and approved.

Chairman Mao, Dr. Cherlene Lee’s cat, clearly can’t get enough of his food! Cheeky much?

5. DIY healthy check

You can check your kitty cat at home for early signs of illness. I check my furbaby roughly every 2 weeks.  Check their teeth for any plaque, make sure their ears are clean, check for runny eyes, and feel for any lumps and bumps! (We’ll have a blog post to guide you through that!)

I hope that gives you some handy advice on how to keep your kitty cat in purrfect health! If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment or give us a call!

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