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Sat, Mar 13 | By Zootoo Pet News Staff | 30

Our cats provide us with comfort, companionship, and fun. And in return, they depend on us to help keep them safe and healthy. To maintain your cat’s good health, regular visits to the vet are a must. But recent studies show that one… more ›

Feline and Feeling Fine: Tips for Keeping Your Cat Healthy
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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

Regular check ups have gotten very expensive. We promote the adoption of animals by offering reduced cost or free spay/neuter. If people do not have adequate on going funds, then they will probably not follow through on pet health and wellness care. I currently have 3 cats. two of them are seniors (age 14 and 15) and have had teeth pulled. The youngest (age 5) had an auto-immune problem which I did not know at the time. In a 2 year span, she has had 11 teeth removed and has been placed on numerous medications. The cat had numerous testing completed over a 4 year span before they figured out what the problem was. I agree with Judi, begin brushing your cat's teeth when they are young. That may spare you the expensive cost of getting teeth pulled.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

"be prepared" - no matter how much you stress this, few people will. and even fewer people have the capabilities to. this article recommends having a first aid book, but if they really want to encourage preparedness they should go on to say first aid materials and back up money for emergency vets when all else fails. not to be a downer, otherwise it's a helpful article, but every animal will have at least one crucial medical moment that you not only can't fix at home, but will cost you a pretty penny.
be prepared really means have extra cash stashed in the back of your bank account. this can mean a hundred or it can mean a thousand. i've even had situations where i've just spent a fortune on one animal only to need more money right then and there for another.
so i think the real message behind this article that was left out is: never have more animals beyond your worst case scenario means.
i'm a ramblin' man today.

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Moongoat
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Moongoat
4 years ago

"Be Prepared" is my motto when it comes to pet care - I have a bank account for my animals that is used solely for vet emergencies. A good guide is $2000 for a dog, $500 for a cat. If you can't afford vet care, then rethink getting a pet.

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Jeanette G.
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Jeanette G.
4 years ago

Cats are such good companions!

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Nice reminder!

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Judi D.
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Judi D.
4 years ago

I have to add brushing your cat's teeth. I brush Thunder's every day because my last cat had to have 5 removed. If I could prevent that from happening, I will save anguish and money.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Excellent advice!

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

absolutely! dental hygiene is first and foremost to maintain health. i had to have a dog put down b/c of renal failure after just have her teeth done. teeth are the windows for bacteria to enter, so brush daily.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

I have painfully discovered, however, that people don't have the money to spend in this economy. We will, but many won't.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I certainly hope that people don't have to read this to know how to take care of their cat(s)! This is common sense!

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

HA HA--so true.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

most of the info we get is just that common sense

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

for most of us it's common sense, but how many animals did it take you to learn all of this? each new animal i adopt, i learn so much more than i did the last. maybe we should be writing the articles though!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i take my birds to the vet anualy. all these things are common sense

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Pretty soon there will be an article trying to tell us that "Birds Make Droppings"...

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

hey that is toppings not droppings.

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

Teddy is a very healthy kitty cat even though she is 17 years old. But as for Shorty he needs to see a vet I do not know what's wrong with him he gets sick consently but then he is healthy again. Shorty is sick one week and healthy the next I hope he is okay but even if he is he still has to be rehomed so that Teddy can be okay he has been mean to her since we got him as a kitten and Teddy likes other cats. But for some reason Shorty just decided that he is king of the house and gets to pick on Teddy. I wish everyone else luck with keeping their kitties healthy and happy.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

I agree that yearly visits are a must, but I don't agree that this can be "a challenge"! In addition to "significant changes" in a cat's behavior, the owner/parent should be looking for SUBTLE changes. The subtle changes can help to discover problems early, which can lead to more effective treatment.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Don't most/all vets send yearly reminders??

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

my vet in nh used to send cards and the best part was that they came addressed to my dog and cats. it was neat

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Horray! A news article on keeping kitties healthy and making sure to take them to the vet. Cats are so good at hiding symptoms that by the time an owner realizes something is wrong, it could be too late.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Yes, cats are VERY good at hiding their symptoms! That's why those subtle changes should NOT be ignored.

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