February is known as a time to celebrate love, and one way that pet parents can show their kitty companions how much they care is by scheduling a visit to the vet to mark National Cat Health Month.
As February is also National Prevent a Litter Month and National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, one of the first veterinary appointments that all families who have welcomed a new feline into their heart and home should make is to have their cat altered. Along with helping to ‘fix’ the problem of pet overpopulation, sterilization can also help to stop spraying, curbs a cat’s urge to prowl, and can aid in the prevention of certain cancers.
The second month on the calendar is also National Feline Dental Health Month. Statistics released by the American Veterinary Dental Society state that over 70 per cent of our purring pal’s pearly whites are subject to symptoms of periodontal disease by the time they reach the age of three. A pet parent can detect a problem with their cat’s choppers by checking their pet’s breath, looking for red or swollen gums, yellow deposits or pus on their teeth, and watching to see if their cat drools or paws at their face.
If you have a feline friend who has started to sport a fuller frame, National Cat Health Month is also a good time to ‘get the skinny’ on methods to help Mittens win the battle of the bulge. Check out The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention‘s website to discover your pet’s daily caloric needs, print out a weight loss program chart and downloadable daily feeding and exercise log, and look at at list of a pet’s potential health risks.
National Cat Health Month acts as an annual reminder to take your feline friend for a yearly check up. Remember to write down any concerns about their cat’s physical and mental well-being prior to your cat’s next vet visit so the issues can be addressed during the exam.
Love your kitty more by making that annual veterinary appointment TODAY! Your cat will love you for it!