My Cat

posted: by: AAHWC Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

You are in good company when you reveal that 'I have a cat'. It is said 'Cats are like potato chips, you can't have just one' which would mean you live in a multi-cat household. So regardless if you have 'just one' or several, sharing your life with a cat is a wonderful thing, and we at AAHWC are here to help you provide lifelong wellness for your feline.

Kittens are fun, fast and frisky creatures who remind us how play should be a part of our daily lives. Watching them makes us laugh and promotes facebook updates, tweets or Monday morning conversations at work about 'what the kitten did over the weekend'. Who knew something so small could make us gush and feel so protective! Despite their fun nature they have very specific Kitten Wellness needs that we address here at AAHWC.

When you cat gets to age 1 they are then considered an adult although, don't expect much in the way of 'calming down' until about age 2! This is the best time to transition to an adult cat food, make notes about weight gain and get another set of annual Vaccinations done. After age 2, keeping your cat amused and active can contribute to their overall health and wellness. For more information click here on Adult Cat Wellness.

We consider a cat to be a senior when they reach 7 years of age. Seniors have specific health needs base around aging as described on our Senior Cat Wellness page. As cats can live into their 20's, overall wellness becomes very important and can have a direct impact on their lifespan.

Cats of any age need to be monitored for dental disease and good oral care is very important. Typically any cat over the age of 3 will start to develop oral issues that can be treated or reversed in some cases by diet or proper dental care. Senior pets can benefit as well by a dental cleaning that may make their aging mouths feel better as they are scaled and scraped of age-related tarter and plaque.

Some other important items for cat owners are awareness around issues and diseases that are specific to your cat. You can go to Cat Diseases and Conditions where we describe and have linked these to the best information about these potential health concerns. At AAHWC part of our commitment to you and your cat is to assess the risk and recommend testing, dietary changes or treatment base on your cat's individual needs.

Some great websites that we can recommend you look at are the Cornell Feline Health Center and The Indoor Pet Initiative.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your cat, we always encourage you to contact us at 237-4555 where we would be happy to answer any questions you may have or book an appointment with one of our veterinarians to address specific concerns.