How to keep your cat happy and healthy
Owning a cat can be extremely rewarding but requires dedication and a level of responsibility from the owner. You’ll need to ensure your feline friend is well fed, groomed and free from fleas and worms. This will ensure that your beloved is kept healthy and happy.
Grooming your Cat
Cats should be groomed on a regular basis to prevent their fur from becoming tangled and matted. Grooming has obvious cosmetic benefits – brushing your pet’s coat stimulates the production and distribution of the skin’s natural oils and assists in keeping their coat healthy, clean and strong. But it has emotional benefits, too – it’s a simple way to build a trusting relationship with your cat.
Handle your cat gently, and talk softly in a reassuring voice, particularly if your cat is getting use to you. As well as mutual grooming, cats also like to rub their foreheads, cheeks, flanks and tails together - it's a common way for cats to mix their scents and exchange important tactile signals.
Fight Fleas and Worms
Fleas and worms not only cause discomfort and pain for your cat, it can also be a health risk for your family. Preventing these problems is simple if you have the right flea and worm control products for your pet.
Fleas: The problem with fleas is that they’re fast movers, so you’ll probably never actually see them. However, if your cat is scratching a lot or shaking her head, check her coat for flea dirt (little dark specks on the fur). Remember, fleas and their eggs can live in the cat’s bed and sometimes even the carpet, so everything will have to be thoroughly treated with a flea-fighting product.
Worms: There are several different types of worms that can affect your cat. The most common are tapeworms and roundworms. Tapeworms can only be transmitted from pet to pet via a host and the most common way is by fleas. The roundworm is a big threat to kittens because the parasite is transmitted from the mother via her bloodstream or her milk.
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