Routine health care refers to the treatment or care given to the pet in a general or non-emergency basis. Offering routine health care will keep your pets stay protected against a variety of diseases. It is said that prevention is better than cure. Routine health care includes parasite control, vaccinations, dental care, protection from household hazards and grooming. It is important for the owners to provide the necessary veterinary care on a timely basis. These days, there is a number of veterinary facilities available for cats than before. Showing your cat to a veterinarian can help your pet to stay away from a wide range of disease.
It is must for the adult cats to be subjected to comprehensive veterinary examination once in a year. Kittens should need veterinary visit once in every three to four weeks, up to 4 months after their birth. Geriatric cats should be examined by veterinarian more than twice a year because they have more risks of contracting the illness. Upon finishing examining your cat, the veterinarian would recommend the right set of health care program.
During the initial onset of the disease, the cat will not show significant symptoms, which cannot be detected by other people or even a veterinarian. Some of the initial symptoms include decreased activity, decreased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, frequent or less urination, sneezing, coughing, eye discharge, itchy skin and loss of hair. If your pet shows these symptoms for more than two days, you should immediately take it to a veterinarian.
Administering medicines to cat could be tougher than dogs. The medicines for cats are available in different forms such as pills, chews, liquid, cream, lotion, etc. Capsules and tablets can be administered to the cats by inserting into the regular food or treat. Liquids can be administered via syringe. The dose of the medicine should be given according to what prescribed by the veterinarian. If you are administering the medication without the prescription, then you should go through the dosage instruction and warning information printed on the label of the package.
Vaccinations are administered to prevent disease-causing germs attacking the cat. Vaccinations are formulated to boost the immune system. Each type of vaccination is made to boost the immune system to specific disease. You need to find out the list of vaccination needed for your cat. Your veterinarian will decide the vaccination after examining your cat’s health and the environmental conditions. For example, a cat living in hot and humid climate may not get the specific diseases, which are prevalent in colder regions.
There are many parasites, which can affect the cat’s internal and external body parts. Hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms are some of the common parasites. Parasite control is very critical as parasites can significantly impact the cat health in many ways.
Cats should be protected from various household hazards such as pesticides, chemicals, electrical wires, cleaning supplies and other household items, which can affect the cat’s health. Curious cats tend to bite or chew anything that comes across. So you need to take more care to prevent cats from doing such activity.